I was poisoned and subjected to psychological torture at Bani Gala sub-jail: Bushra Bibi


ISLAMABD: Bushra Bibi on Monday contended that she was poisoned and subjected to psychological torture at the sub-jail in Bani gala.

She further claimed that she was suffering from heartburn, and aches in her throat and mouth, which she said were the result of eating a poisonous meal.

The former first lady said that there is only one lady deputed in the sub-jail while the rest of the staff is male and she feels discomfort in such an environment.

Moreover, Bushra Bibi alleged the room in which she has been confined is bugged and spy cameras are installed there at different places, which is against her right to privacy.

The petitioner said she had not been given ample time to meet her family members and lawyers. She highlighted that a plea requesting her shifting to Adiala Jail was still pending before the IHC.

Bushra Bibi urged the IHC to order relevant authorities to ensure the protection of her fundamental rights and further requested that the court allow her medical check-up from Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday disposed of a petition filed by ex-premier Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi seeking her transfer from her Banigala residence, which had been declared a sub-jail, to Adiala Jail.

Justice Miangul Hassan Aurang­zeb disposed of the plea due to Bushra Bibi’s lawyers failing to appear before the court.

The former first lady was taken into custody on January 31 after an Islamabad accountability court sentenced her and Imran to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana reference.

While the IHC on April 1 suspended their sentences in the Toshakhana reference, she remains in custody in the Iddat case. Imran also remains incarcerated in other cases.

Following the Toshakhana verdict, Bushra had arrived at Adiala Jail, where the National Accountability Bureau’s team was already present, to surrender to the authorities. Subsequently, she was taken into custody by the anti-graft watchdog.

How­ever, she was moved to her Banigala home after it was declared a sub-jail in a late-night notification. Her shifting to the residence has been under discussion for weeks as she and her husband denied submitting any application to declare the residence a sub-jail.

Almost a week after her arrest, Bushra Bibi had challenged the residence’s status as a sub-jail, urging the IHC to let her complete her 14-year sentence in Adiala Jail.

In a subsequent hearing, the Adiala Jail administration had opposed moving her back to the prison, claiming that overcrowding posed security threats for the former first lady.

Last month, Justice Aurangzeb had asked if the authorities sought permission from Imran before converting his Banigala residence into a sub-jail.

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