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With Imran politically demobilised, the country will soon go into extended caretaker rule to attempt saving its sinking economy, while a hastily-sanctioned census further delays election:

For the second time in three months, Pakistan’s maverick former PM Imran Khan walked into jail after being arrested for corruption. Imran’s conviction and sentencing by a trial court on Saturday was followed within minutes by his arrest in Lahore, in the Toshakhana case. The conviction triggered Imran’s automatic disqualification from public office, implying he would now need to sit out the next general elections.

This brings him on a ‘level playing field’ with rival former PM Nawaz Sharif, who was similarly disqualified in a flimsy corruption case as the sitting PM in 2017, and later sent to prison in other cases, before being allowed exile in London. In both cases, the politicians had lost the trust of Pakistan army, triggering ‘minus’ political formulae. Imran has been predicting in multiple foreign media interviews (Pakistani mainstream media is forbidden from mentioning him) that he would be arrested soon, given the close to 200 cases against him, on charges ranging from corruption to terrorism and treason.

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