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Pakistan's Imran Khan faces indictment but PM Sharif feels the heat

Ex-leader's contempt case may foil comeback, yet experts see risks for government

Pakistan's embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives for a court appearance in early September.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to be indicted for contempt of court on Thursday -- a charge that could land him in prison and disqualify him from politics for five years. Even if he is convicted, however, he and his supporters could remain a thorn in the side of the man who replaced him, Shehbaz Sharif.

Since Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, he has run into multiple legal problems. Some stem from a fiery speech he made on Aug. 20, in which he threatened police officials and a judge who had approved a detention order against his personal chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill.

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