Pakistan court disposes of Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi’s plea seeking transfer to Adiala jail

Apr16,2024



Islamabad: A Pakistan High Court on Tuesday disposed of Bushra Bibi's plea seeking her transfer to a high-security prison. Adiala Jail, where her husband, former Prime Minister Imran Khan, is imprisoned. Islamabad High Court disposed of his petition as his lawyer did not appear in the court.
Bushra Bibi is currently jailed in Bani Gala – 71-year-old Khan's home in Islamabad – which was converted into a sub-jail after her sentencing in the 'non-Islamic Nikah' case in February.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) disposed of a petition filed by the 49-year-old former first lady seeking her transfer from Bani Gala to Rawalpindi's high-security Adiala jail, Dawn newspaper reported.
Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb disposed of the petition after Bushra Bibi's lawyer did not appear in court.
Questioning why Bushra Bibi's lawyers were absent, Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb said, “If they had won this case, Bushra Bibi would have been gone”. [Adiala] Jail, but they (lawyers) themselves do not want Bushra Bibi to go to jail.”
Bushra Bibi's lawyer Usman Gill, who reached the court after the disposal of the petition, was asked by the judge to file an application for its reinstatement.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Party founder Khan has been lodged in Adiala jail since August last year.
Earlier in January, Khan and Bushra Bibi were sentenced to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana corruption case involving illegal sale of government gifts that the former prime minister had received during his tenure.
Following the verdict, Bushra reached Adiala jail to surrender before the authorities and was later taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau.
However, he was taken to his Bani Gala residence after it was declared a sub-jail in a late night notification, the report said.
While his sentence in the Toshakhana corruption case was suspended by the IHC, Bushra Bibi remains in custody in the 'non-Islamic' marriage case, while Khan is also in jail in other cases.
Bushra Bibi's shifting has been under discussion for several weeks as the former first couple have refused to submit any application to declare their residence a sub-jail.
About a week after his arrest, he challenged his residence status as a sub-jail, and urged the IHC to let him complete his 14-year sentence in Adiala jail.
In a subsequent hearing, the court was informed by Adiala jail authorities that Bushra Bibi could not be shifted to the jail due to “security threat”.
On Monday, Bushra Bibi moved the IHC demanding a medical examination at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, which is owned by Khan's charitable organisation, alleging that she was poisoned during her captivity in Bani Gala.
Earlier this month, during the hearing of a corruption case in Adiala jail, Khan informed the judge that an attempt was made to poison his wife and said that “poison” appeared on her skin and tongue as a side effect. There were marks.
Since being ousted from power in a no-confidence motion in April 2022, the cricketer-turned-politician has been convicted in at least four cases, including the cipher (secret diplomatic communications) case.



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