Former first lady Bushra Bibi challenges NAB investigation into Toshakhana case in IHC

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Former First Lady and wife of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi, has taken legal action against the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) probe into the Toshakhana case. She has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to challenge the NAB’s summons notices issued to her on February 16 and 17, requesting the court to declare them illegal. 

Bushra Bibi has also urged the court to stop NAB from converting the inquiry into an investigation until a decision is made on the application, in which NAB has also been made a party. Furthermore, she has requested that the court orders NAB to stop taking disciplinary action against her until a decision is made on her application. The hearing of the plea has been fixed for Monday. 

Last week, the NAB had summoned Bushra Bibi in the Toshakhana case and arrived at Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence to deliver the notice. Earlier, the accountability watchdog had summoned the PTI chief and his wife to their Rawalpindi office on March 9 for an investigation in the same case. 

According to the NAB notice, Imran Khan had allegedly sold gifts received during his tenure, including four Rolex watches, an iPhone given to him by the Qatar Armed Forces in 2018, as well as valuable watches and other gifts, which is against the law. 

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On March 18, Additional District and Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal cancelled the arrest warrants issued against the former premier in the Toshakhana case, allowing him to leave after marking his attendance without being indicted due to clashes between the police and PTI workers outside the Islamabad Judicial Complex. 

The former prime minister was scheduled to appear before the sessions court to attend proceedings on a complaint filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for allegedly concealing details of the gifts he had acquired from the Toshakhana in his asset declarations. 

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