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Man sentenced to life for plotting to kill exiled Pakistani blogger Ahmad Goraya

LONDON — Gohir Khan, who was found guilty of attempting to murder Pakistani blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya, was sentenced to life in prison by a London court on Friday.

According to reports in international media, Khan will serve 13 years before he can apply for parole. The days spent in police custody will count towards his sentence.

The man conspired to kill a Pakistani blogger with the help of the go-between who is on the run and the UK Counter Terrorism Command Unit has launched a manhunt for him.

Khan was hired by unidentified people to carry out Goraya’s planned murder. The man traveled to the Netherlands last year as part of a plot to assassinate Goraya, and even bought a tool in order to complete his mission, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Gohir’s legal representative, Tim Maloney, said his clients’ efforts were seriously lacking in sophistication and his communication with the middleman was dominated by the defendant’s relentless attempts to ensure he was paid.

He added that the plot was serious in nature but that his part was not “sophisticated or professional”, saying Khan had a criminal record in the past.

Conspiracy to murder is an offense under section 1(1) of the UK Criminal Law Act 1977. Anyone found guilty can face sentences ranging from a few years to life imprisonment.

The convict was charged in June last year with one count of conspiracy to murder the controversial blogger who left his native country in 2017.