On 30 January 2024, a Pakistani special court convicted former Prime Minister Imran Khan for exposing state secrets and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment. Khan had waved a confidential document at a public rally claiming that it proved the U.S. and Pakistan conspired to oust him in 2022 after losing a vote of confidence in Parliament. Supporters of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) allege that the conviction was a result of a “sham trial” ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for 8 February. While Khan is already serving a three-year prison sentence in a different case and is ineligible to participate in elections, his party remains popular and is contesting the upcoming polls.