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Conviction Strikes Imran Khan: Former PM Handed Three-Year Jail Term

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been sentenced to a three-year prison term by an Islamabad trial court for unlawfully selling state gifts in the Toshakhana case. Following the verdict, Khan was swiftly apprehended from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore and transferred to Attock jail. This historical incarceration facility has housed various political opponents, including PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif, PPP’s Asif Zardari, and current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Attock, a town situated at the meeting point of the Indus and Kabul Rivers in Punjab, has a rich historical significance. Notably, it was a pit stop for notable personalities like Alexander the Great and Ibn-e-Battuta, an intrepid explorer with a remarkable 117,000 km of pre-modern travel under his belt.

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As Khan serves his sentence in Attock jail, the likes of Nawaz, Zardari, and Shehbaz have experienced confinement in the neighboring Attock Fort. Back on July 21, 2000, the Attock Fort witnessed the sentencing of PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif to a 14-year rigorous imprisonment term.

The renowned British newspaper, The Guardian, reported on Sharif’s conviction, highlighting his 21-year public office ban, a 20 million rupee fine, and his condemnation of the verdict as a military-led personal vendetta. The publication delved into the details of Sharif’s tax evasion charges, notably for a Russian Mi-8 helicopter and his sprawling Raiwind family estate.

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Attock Fort, a 16th-century historic site, witnessed the trial and military court-martials, including Sharif’s civilian case. Similarly, Asif Zardari, the former Pakistani president and spouse of former premier Benazir Bhutto, spent a significant portion of his seven-year sentence within the confines of Attock Fort.

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