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IHC grants Imran Khan interim bail in seven cases

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ISLAMABAD: In a major relief to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, the Islamabad High Court granted him interim bail in seven different cases against him till April 6.

A bench headed by IHC CJ Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb is hearing the case. 

The PTI chief had arrived at IHC from Lahore, earlier today, to seek pre-arrest bail in different cases registered against him in the federal capital. 

The PTI chief is seeking bail in seven cases registered against him following the vandalism at the judicial complex during his last visit to the federal capital. 

Multiple cases were registered against the former prime minister at Islamabad’s Ramna, CTD and Golra police stations.

The hearing

At the outset of the hearing, Khan’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar appeared in the court and contended that the objection related to bio-metric verification shouldn’t be imposed on individuals above the age of 60.

At this, Justice Farooq remarked that the bio-metric verification had become very easy now.

The lawyer maintained that they had acquired PTI chief’s protective bail from Lahore High Court (LHC) after which they arrived at the judicial complex but they weren’t allowed to move further.

“More FIRs against Imran Khan were lodged that day,” he added.

At this, IHC CJ asked the lawyer to clarify why had they bypassed a forum to reach IHC.

“Why didn’t you go to the trial court first when you have to go there ultimately,” he asked.

At this, the lawyer maintained that he would present Supreme Court’s judgements in this regard.

After this, Khan proceeded to the rostrum, however, CJ Farooq directed him to stay seated.

Responding to the argument of Khan’s lawyer, the justice said that the security threats to the former premier must be genuine as he had been attacked once.

Justice Hassan remarked that the court had asked the chief election commissioner to provide security to Khan several times.

At this, Islamabad Advocate-General Jahangir Jadoon maintained that the trial court was shifted to the judicial complex from F8 katchehri court.

“Imran Khan has the responsibility to ensure a peaceful environment. He didn’t even get off the car and people burned cars,” he said.

At this, Justice Farooq remarked what the petitioner would do if the administration gave irresponsible statements.

“They [PTI] will arrange its own security if you [administration] don’t provide it. Two prime ministers of Pakistan had been assassinated and one was attacked,” the justice remarked.

The court then granted interim bail to Khan, after which the PTI chairman left the high court.

Plea filed 

As the PTI chief moved towards Islamabad, a petition was filed in IHC by his lawyers seeking pre-arrest bail in the multiple cases registered in different police stations of the federal capital.

The plea urges the court to stop the federal government from arrest the PTI chief in those cases, adding that the cases have been registered for political revenge. 

However, the registrar office of the court has attached objections to the petitions as the plea lacks the PTI chief’s biometric. 

“How can a petition be filed in a high court before [it is filed] in a trial court,” asked the registrar office.

Later, when the PTI chief arrived at the premises his biometric was conducted. The biometric objection was then removed and the plea was admitted for hearing with other objections. 

Khan laments lack of security

When Geo News asked the PTI chief if he was satisfied with the security arrangements, Khan responded: “There is no security, it is our security,”

On a question about political dialogue, the PTI chief refused to speak about it. 

SSP to deal with security arrangements

Meanwhile, the Islamabad police tweeted that an important meeting was chaired by the inspector-general over the expected court appearance of Imran Khan to discuss security arrangements.

Senior officers, including the operations DIG and SSP, attended the meeting despite being injured. It was decided that field supervision of security arrangements will be taken care of by SSP Yasir Afridi.

Amir Kiyani has been entrusted with coordination on behalf of the PTI, while Malik Jameel Zafar will be the head of coordination between the police and PTI through Kiyani.

A central control room has been established at the Safe City Headquarters, the Islamabad police further shared.

Meanwhile, Section 144 is in force in Islamabad and violators will be arrested.

In light of court orders, only concerned persons will be allowed to enter the court premises, the police tweeted.

Earlier, the Islamabad police spokesperson had said there was no information regarding Imran Khan’s possible court appearance. He had said, however, that the Islamabad police would make security arrangements in light of court orders.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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Excuses from Adiala Jail to let Imran’s spouse Bushra due to security concerns

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Bushra Bibi’s appeal was heard by Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb; however, the Adiala Jail administration denied Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred to the jail on Thursday. Superintendent Adiala Jail filed his report with the court.

Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Usman Gul, arrived in court.

The jail supervisor stated that there is not enough room for extra female inmates at the jail—250 women are now incarcerated—and that Bushra Bibi cannot be sent there for security concerns.

The Chief Commissioner of Islamabad has not yet responded.

To give time to respond, the prosecutor asked for it. The plea was accepted by the court, and the hearing was postponed for two weeks.

Bushra Bibi, the spouse of Maulvi Khan, was taken into custody by the women’s police from Adiala jail after she made a request over the Toshkahana reference case.

In December 2023, Bushra Bibi, the wife of former prime minister Imran Khan, received a final call-up notice from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requiring her to appear before the Rawalpindi office in Islamabad on December 11 in relation to the Toshakhana case.

According to the notice, Bushra Bibi accepted presents from foreign dignitaries totaling millions of rupees while Imran Khan was prime minister, going against the protocol that is in place for managing such gifts.

She maintained two rings, a set of bracelets, a pair of earrings, and a locket with chain in 2019, according to NAB.

She kept a ring, earrings, bracelet, necklace, and ring in 2020.

She reportedly disregarded the legal need to deposit a wristwatch, earrings, rings, and a necklace with chain that she got in 2021 in the Toshakhana.

Along with the previously stated materials, the anti-graft committee has asked Bushra Bibi to come before them in order to address any queries and offer clarifications on the subject.

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Cabinet meeting to be called by interim prime minister today

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The caretaker federal cabinet will convene today under the direction of caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwarul Haq Kakar.

Today at noon, the supervisory federal cabinet will begin its meeting, during which the state of the nation will be examined.

In addition to discussing the nation’s economic and security conditions, the Cabinet will extend the DG Financial Monitoring’s mandate by a year.

The permission of hiring a drug inspector will be discussed during the cabinet meeting, along with the ratification of the rulings made by the Cabinet Committee for the Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) and the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

Prior to this, the status of the civilian intelligence organisation Intelligence Bureau (IB) was altered by Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar.

The announcement states that the IB’s status was upgraded from bureaucracy to division by the acting prime minister. Director General (DG) IB Fawad Asadullah made particular efforts to ratify the change of status.

The Intelligence Bureau was divided into a division with the agreement of the acting prime minister. This move was made to streamline the bureau’s financial and administrative operations.

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