Pakistan police arrest ex-PM Imran Khan in Lahore

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. File photo.

Pakistan police have arrested former Prime Minister Imran Khan at his residence in the eastern city of Lahore, his lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha told Reuters by phone on Saturday.

Local media channels said on Saturday that a Pakistani trial court has sentenced Khan to three years in prison for illegally selling state gifts.

The case relates to an inquiry conducted by the election commission which found Khan guilty of unlawfully selling state gifts during his tenure as prime minister from 2018 to 2022.

Legal experts say a conviction in the case could end Khan’s chances of participating in national elections that have to be held before early November.

Khan was arrested in May by Pakistani authorities in connection with a corruption case, which sparked deadly unrest across the country. He was released on bail within days.

Khan has faced a multitude of charges in different institutions and courts since his ouster, including graft, murder, and sedition.