The ex-PM's prison sentence, and leaked intel that the US wanted him ousted, have only cemented him as an anti-establishment hero in the eyes of the Pakistani people despite the military's best efforts to ostracise him, writes Ifra Javed.
In-depth: For decades, the state has used illegal abductions to quell calls for autonomy in Pakistan's marginalised peripheries. The repressive tactic has seen a revival in the wake of renewed political instability.
After a year of political upheaval, attempts by the army and establishment to crush Imran Khan and his supporters through mass arrests and abductions paint a bleak picture for the future, writes Ifra Javed.
Pakistan’s 2018 Transgender Right Act is facing renewed attacks by right-wing leaders of Jamat-e-Islami who are claiming that it undermines religion, but this dangerous narrative must be opposed, explains Ifra Javed.
Despite former PM Khan's poor governance and populist rhetoric, the dynastic politicians taking Pakistan's reigns shouldn't be celebrated given their track record of corruption, and it will be the vulnerable that pay the price, writes Ifra Javed.