April 13, 2024

Indictment of Bushra Bibi, spouse of Pakistan’s Imran Khan, in land bribe case on Feb. 27 — social gathering 

ISLAMABAD: Bushra Bibi, the spouse of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan, was dropped at a jail within the Pakistani metropolis of Rawalpindi on Friday for a listening to in a land graft case, with the ex-premier’s social gathering saying indictment would happen on Feb. 27. 

Bushra has been dwelling beneath home arrest at her husband’s sprawling Bani Gala mansion, declared a sub-jail, in Islamabad since Jan. 31 when each have been sentenced to 14 years in jail in a case that pertains to accusations they undervalued presents from a state repository and gained earnings from promoting them whereas Khan was prime minister from 2018-22. 

Earlier this month, Khan and his spouse are additionally sentenced to seven years on expenses they violated the nation’s marriage legislation once they wed in 2018 — the fourth sentence up to now for Khan and the second for his spouse.

“Former first girl Bushra Bibi has been dropped at Adiala Jail from Bani Gala sub jail for 190 million case trial,” the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering stated in a message to reporters, referring to the Al Qadir Belief case. 

Whereas the social gathering stated on Friday morning that indictment was “very a lot on the playing cards at present,” it advised media within the afternoon that it could happen on Feb. 27. 

The previous premier and his spouse are accused within the case of receiving land as a bribe via the Al Qadir charitable belief arrange in 2018 when Khan was nonetheless in workplace. Pakistani authorities have accused Khan and his spouse of receiving the land, value as much as 7 billion rupees ($25 million), from a property developer charged in Britain with cash laundering. The bribe, authorities say, was in trade for a favor to the property developer through the use of 190 million kilos repatriated by Britain within the cash laundering probe to pay fines levied by a courtroom in opposition to the developer.

Khan’s aides say the land was donated to the belief for charitable functions. The true property developer has additionally denied any wrongdoing.


Khan and most senior leaders of his social gathering have been rejected as candidates for Feb. 8 normal elections in what they are saying was a state-backed marketing campaign to thwart their participation. Khan, 71, was ousted in April 2022 after falling out with Pakistan’s highly effective army leaders who’re broadly believed to have backed him into energy in 2018. In opposition, he waged an unprecedented marketing campaign of defiance in opposition to the army institution which has instantly dominated the nation for nearly half of its historical past however says it not interferes in politics. 

Khan was additionally convicted final month for making public a labeled cable despatched to Islamabad by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington in 2022, in what is often often called the Cipher case. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail. He denies the cost and has stated the contents appeared within the media from different sources.

In August final 12 months, he was convicted within the Toshakhana or state treasury case and handed a three-year jail sentence by the election fee for promoting presents value greater than 140 million rupees ($501,000) in state possession and acquired throughout his 2018-2022 premiership.

He has additionally been indicted beneath Pakistan’s anti-terrorism legislation in reference to violence in opposition to the army that erupted following his temporary arrest associated to the Al-Qadir case on Could 9. A piece of Pakistan’s 1997 anti-terrorism act prescribes the loss of life penalty as most punishment. Khan has denied the fees beneath the anti-terrorism legislation, saying he was in detention when the violence happened.