Extension of Bushra Bibi’s Interim Bail in Toshakhana Case

Islamabad Court Extends Bushra Bibi’s Interim Bail in Toshakhana Case In Islamabad, a district and session court has extended the interim bail of Bushra Bibi, the former first lady and spouse of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in the Toshakhana case until September 12.

Bushra Bibi, accompanied by her legal team comprising Salman Safdar, Intezar Panjotha, and Naeem Panjotha, appeared before Additional Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas Sipra.

During the court proceedings, the investigation officer (IO) was also present and sought the court’s permission to apprehend the former first lady, indicating that her audio recordings had already been submitted to the Federal Investigation Agency for forensic analysis.

On the other hand, Salman Safdar, Bushra’s lawyer, raised concerns about his client’s treatment by investigators, stating that she had already clarified that the audio recordings in question did not belong to her.

In a case primarily about phony receipts, the sitting court questioned the value of audio evidence and told the IO to stick to the information in the FIR. The court postponed the case until September 12 because the IO asked for more time to match the audio with Bushra’s voice.

Background on the Toshakhana Case:

Allegations that former first lady Bushra Bibi kept gifts from the state gift depository, including jewelry like lockets, necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets, are at the center of the Toshakhana case. These valuable gifts, including gold and diamond jewelry, have not been properly declared or submitted to the Toshakhana for valuation, as per the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

With the disqualification of PTI leader Imran Khan by the Pakistani Election Commission for making fraudulent and erroneous claims, the Toshakhana case has taken on political significance. Imran Khan is accused of failing to disclose information about gifts he received from the Toshakhana while serving as prime minister.

Following his disqualification, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) temporarily suspended Imran Khan’s conviction and ordered his release on bail from Attock Jail. However, a special court subsequently directed his judicial custody in a cipher case.