In a significant development, an accountability court in the federal capital has granted interim bail to Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, in the Al-Qadir Trust case. The court’s decision comes as a relief to Bushra Bibi, who was at risk of being arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Let’s delve into the details of this latest update and understand the implications.
Interim Bail Secured for Bushra Bibi:
At the hearing presided over by Judge Muhammad Basheer, Khawaja Haris, the lawyer representing Bushra Bibi, filed an application for her interim bail. Haris informed the court that Bushra Bibi had not received any notice from the anti-graft body, NAB. Taking this into consideration, the court accepted the bail application until May 31 and issued a notice to NAB, requiring their response.
Attendance at the Accountability Court:
Under tight security measures, both Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, appeared before the accountability court. Bushra Bibi marked her attendance, ensuring her presence in the proceedings. The court, acknowledging the circumstances, directed her to deposit a surety bond of Rs0.5 million.
Transition from LHC to IHC:
It is worth noting that Bushra Bibi’s protective bail, granted by the Lahore High Court (LHC), was set to expire. To address this, the legal team decided to file an application for interim bail in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and subsequently in the accountability court. This strategic move ensured the continuity of her bail, providing necessary legal protection.
Latest Developments in the Al-Qadir Trust Case:
Previously, on May 15, the LHC’s division bench had granted protective bail to Bushra Bibi until May 23 in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust case. This marked her first appearance in court concerning the case filed against her. It is important to mention that Imran Khan, the deposed prime minister, is already on bail until May 31 in relation to the same trust case.
With the grant of interim bail to Bushra Bibi in the Al-Qadir Trust case, she is temporarily shielded from potential arrest by NAB. This decision by the accountability court brings relief to the PTI chief’s wife and allows her to participate in the legal proceedings without fear of immediate detention. As the case unfolds, it will be crucial to monitor further developments and their impact on the future course of events.