The Take: Pakistan prepares to vote with Imran Khan in jail

General election comes days after jailed former prime minister is handed three new prison sentences.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks with Reuters during an interview, in Lahore, Pakistan March 17, 2023
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is in jail and is barred from running in elections on February 8, 2024 [File: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

Cricket star-turned-prime minister Imran Khan is one of Pakistan’s most popular politicians. But he’s in jail and was just handed three more prison sentences days before a general election. Khan, who calls his trials a sham, is barred from the ballot although candidates from his party are still running as independents. So what’s on the line in Pakistan’s elections this week?

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