Imran Khan barred from holding office for five years

The former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been disqualified from holding any political office for five years, after the country’s election commission ruled that he misled officials about gifts he received from foreign leaders while in power.

The decision announced on Friday is another twist in political wrangling that began even before Khan’s ejection in April, and is one of several legal battles being fought by Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

“The ECP [Election Commission of Pakistan] has declared Imran Khan was involved in corrupt practices,” said Gohar Khan, one of his lawyers, adding that he had been disqualified for five years. “We are going to challenge it in the Islamabad high court right now.”

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