IHC approves Bushra Bibi’s petition seeking transfer to Adiala Jail

Published May 8, 2024
Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan during a court appearance.—AFP/file
Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan during a court appearance.—AFP/file

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday approved the request of former premier Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi seeking her transfer from their Banigala residence— which had been declared a sub-jail — to Adiala Jail, where her husband is currently incarcerated.

Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb pronounced the verdict, which had been reserved last week.

Although Bushra Bibi’s petition had been disposed of last month due to her lawyers failing to appear before the court, a plea was filed the same day seeking its restoration.

“She has already been shifted to a female ward of the jail on her own request,” PTI lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha told AFP.

The former first lady was taken into custody on January 31 after an Islamabad accountability court sentenced her and Imran to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana reference.

While the IHC had on April 1 suspended their sentences in the Toshakhana reference, she remains in custody in the Iddat case. Imran also remains incarcerated in other cases.

Following the Toshakhana verdict, Bushra had arrived at Adiala Jail, where the National Accountability Bureau’s team was already present, to surrender to the authorities. Subsequently, she was taken into custody by the anti-graft watchdog.

How­ever, she was moved to her Banigala home after it was declared a sub-jail in a late-night notification. Her shifting to the residence has been under discussion for months as she and her husband denied submitting any application to declare the residence a sub-jail.

Almost a week after her arrest, Bushra Bibi had challenged the residence’s status as a sub-jail, urging the IHC to let her complete her 14-year sentence in Adiala Jail.

In a subsequent hearing, the Adiala Jail administration had opposed moving her back to the prison, claiming that overcrowding posed security threats for the former first lady.

In March, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb had asked if the authorities sought permission from Imran before converting his Banigala residence into a sub-jail.

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