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Nawaz Sharif Returns to Pakistan; Former PM Imran Khan Indicted over “State Secrets”

HeadlineOct 23, 2023

A court in Pakistan has indicted former Prime Minister Imran Khan for leaking state secrets. Khan’s PTI party said he, alongside former deputy Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were charged in a closed-door trial and that they would appeal the ruling. Imran Khan was removed from office in a no-confidence vote last year and has faced a litany of charges since. Khan has accused the military of going after him.

Meanwhile, Khan’s main rival and three-time former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, returned to Pakistan Saturday after a four-year self-imposed exile. Sharif hopes to make a political comeback ahead of January elections. He was convicted of corruption in 2018 and barred from running for office, but observers say he may be allowed to run, thanks to a deal between his Pakistan Muslim League party and the powerful army.

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