In a significant development, a district and sessions court has found Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan guilty in the Toshakhana case. He has been sentenced to three years in prison and has been fined Rs100,000. Imran had appealed against declaring the case maintainable, but the court rejected his appeal. This comes at a time when Pakistan is preparing for elections, and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to dissolve the assemblies on August 9. In another development, the Islamabad High Court has set aside the session court’s verdict on the Toshakhana reference against Imran and also rejected his appeal to transfer the case to another court. Last year, Imran was disqualified from his parliamentary membership for filing false and incorrect declarations. The Toshakhana is a department that stores valuable gifts given to government officials by foreign dignitaries. Imran was accused of not disclosing details of the gifts he received from the Toshakhana and the proceeds from their sale. This case has been ongoing, with Imran challenging the maintainability of the reference. He appealed to the Supreme Court after the Islamabad High Court sent the case back to the trial court for re-examination.
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