Prison punishment or personal retreat? Imran Khan's sister tells Piers Morgan how the former Pakistan cricket star spends his days in jail

Tuesday 13 February 2024

It's a tale that would leave even the most creative novelists scratching their heads: Imran Khan, former cricket superstar, now jailed political leader, spending his days in a tiny cell, devouring books like a man starved of intellectual nourishment.

Despite being jailed for a total of 31 years on charges including corruption, Khan remains remarkably unfazed, treating his time behind bars as a retreat to read and study the Qu'ran.

Speaking to TalkTV's Piers Morgan, the sister of the former Pakistani Prime Minister, Aleema Khan, paints a picture of a man who is not only enduring his imprisonment with a stoic spirit but managing to find humour in the harsh conditions he faces.

His daily routine consists of a humble diet of yoghurt and fruit, one meal in the afternoon, and braving the cold nights under a quilt. His only complaint? The lack of sports channels on his tiny television.

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Aleema describes the charges as farcical, detailing how Khan has faced accusations ranging from leaking classified documents to profiting from state gifts, and even avoiding his marriage. She argues that these charges are part of a systematic campaign not only against Khan but also against his family and close associates.

Khan's sister also reveals that he has received offers to have all charges dropped if he agrees to leave the country or remain silent for a couple of years. However, Khan has no intention of taking such a deal. "Why should he leave his country?" Aleema asks, expressing her brother's determination to face all the charges.

The interview also highlights the challenges Khan's family faces, with Aleema herself facing charges and several family members, including Khan's sons, being allowed to speak to him only a handful of times over the past six months.

Despite the grim circumstances, Aleema remains hopeful and committed to the cause her brother represents. She ends the interview with a strong message: "What they're stealing is not Imran Khan, anything to do with Imran Khan. You are basically trying to steal the vote of the people."

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