South Asia

PTI anticipates Imran Khan’s release in April

A senior member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Party has expressed optimism about the potential release of the party’s leader, Imran Khan, from prison this month, according to Pakistani media reports.

Latif Khosa, a prominent figure within Khan’s party, was quoted by Geo News stating that the former Prime Minister of Pakistan is expected to be freed from jail within April. “I am saying this for sure that the PTI founder will be released in April,” Khosa told Geo News.

This sentiment is echoed by several PTI leaders, including PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who have made similar predictions regarding Imran Khan’s release.

Earlier in the month, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the 14-year sentences of Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, in the Toshakhana case and scheduled the hearing for the main appeal against the conviction to take place after the Eid holidays.

The former Prime Minister remains incarcerated on various charges, including violations of the Official Secrets Act, terrorism, corruption, among others. Khan was ousted from power following a no-confidence motion by the opposition in April 2022, an action the PTI claims was facilitated by the United States in support of the opposition.

Khan was arrested in August of the previous year subsequent to his sentencing in the Toshakhana case. He has also been convicted in cases related to cipher and allegations of un-Islamic marriage, with his appeals currently pending in court.