Khan says the army is targeting him and wants to keep him from running (Al Jazeera)

Officials and former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's media team said on Saturday that the election commission had rejected Khan's candidacy to run in the 2024 general election in two constituencies.

Khan, 71, has faced several political and legal battles since he was ousted as prime minister in April 2022. He has not appeared in public since he was sentenced to three years in prison last August for illegally selling official gifts while in office from 3 to 2018.

His media team said Khan had been disqualified from running in the February 8 general election because of a corruption conviction, but submitted his candidacy papers on Friday.

However, the election commission said it rejected Khan's candidacy because he was no longer on the lists of voters registered in the constituency and because he had been "convicted by a court and disqualified".

Khan, widely seen as the country's most popular leader, says the military is targeting him and wants to keep him out of the election, a charge the military denies.

Source: Reuters