On Friday, Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, filed a case with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigation into the Toshakhana case. The former first lady challenged the NAB’s summons notices issued to her, asking the court to declare the notices from February 16 and 17 as illegal.
Bushra Bibi’s application also requested the NAB inquiry be halted from being converted into an investigation until a decision is taken on the application, in which NAB has also been made a party. She also requested that NAB be ordered to stop taking disciplinary action against her until the court makes a decision.
The NAB had previously summoned both Imran Khan and his wife to their Rawalpindi office on March 9 for an investigation into the Toshakhana case. The notice sent to Imran accused him of selling gifts received during his tenure, including four Rolex watches, an iPhone given to him by the Qatar Armed Forces in 2018, and other valuable items, which is against the law.
In the Toshakhana case, Imran Khan 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. However, the court issued an order cancelling the arrest warrants against the former premier due to clashes between police and PTI workers outside the Islamabad Judicial Complex.
After her husband, Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi has now also challenged the NAB investigation into the Toshakhana case in the Islamabad High Court. The application filed on her behalf urged the court to stop NAB from converting the inquiry into an investigation and from taking any disciplinary action against her.
The Toshakhana case has been a topic of controversy for some time. The case revolves around a treasure trove of expensive gifts given to Pakistani leaders by foreign dignitaries, which were meant to be kept in the national Toshakhana or state repository. The gifts were allegedly sold off at below-market rates or taken away without proper authorization, leading to allegations of corruption and misuse of power.
In conclusion, Bushra Bibi, the wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, has challenged the NAB investigation into the Toshakhana case, joining her husband in doing so. The case has been a topic of controversy for some time, with allegations of corruption and misuse of power. The court will decide whether the NAB’s investigation is legal or not, and whether any disciplinary action will be taken against Bushra Bibi.