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رموز الأحزاب المشاركة في الانتخابات الباكستانية

By Duncan Mil

January 30, 2024 - فقد حزب رئيس الوزراء السابق عمران خان رمز مضرب الكريكيت قبيل الانتخابات العامة المقرر إجراؤها في 8 شباط (فبراير). الرموز تعد ضرورية لمساعدة الناخبين ذوي مستويات التعليم المتدنية على تحديد المرشحين.

Since being voted out of office in a no-confidence vote in April 2022, the cricket legend-turned-politician has been shot in the leg, hit with charges ranging from rioting to terrorism, and jailed for corruption.

Now, the nation’s most popular politician and his wife, Bushra Bibi, have been sentenced to 14 years in jail in a case related to the illegal sale of state gifts.

Wednesday’s verdict comes a day after a court convicted Khan of leaking state secrets and gave him a 10-year sentence.

The ban on Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) election symbol, the cricket bat, sidelines its candidates, forcing them to contest as independents.

“The generals are telling the voter: don’t bother. Don’t bother turning up to vote for Imran because he will not be allowed near power again anytime soon,” political analyst Cyril Almeida told Al Jazeera.

“Whether the voters obey will be known next week. The charges are political, the conviction is political and, if and when the time comes, the reversal will be political,” Almeida added.

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PUBLISHED: 31/01/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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