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Iddat case: Verdict reserved on pleas seeking sentence suspension

Court adjourns hearing on couple's pleas seeking annulment of their conviction till July 2

By Zarmeen Zehra
June 25, 2024
Pakistan´s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP
Pakistan´s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court Tuesday announced reserving the verdict on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi for the suspension of their sentences in the iddat case.

The development comes after the Islamabad High Court (IHC), earlier this month, ordered the district court to decide the pleas seeking the suspension of the sentence of former prime minister Khan and his wife Bushra within 10 days.

The IHC had also directed the court to decide on the couple's plea seeking annulment of their conviction in the said case within one month.

The court's orders came after the couple had filed multiple petitions with the ex-premier seeking the announcement of the district and sessions court's reserved verdict and had further requested the high court to hear the appeals in the said case.

Meanwhile, Bushra had sought a decision on her plea filed in the sessions court seeking sentence suspension.

The verdict reserved today will be announced on June 27 (Thursday) at 3pm.

The hearing on the couple's pleas seeking annulment of their conviction in the said case has been adjourned till July 2.

It is to be noted that in January, Khawar Maneka, Bushra's ex-husband, had challenged the couple's marriage and had termed their nikah as fraudulent, stressing that the marriage was solemnised during her iddat (the time a woman goes into isolation after a divorce or her husband's death).

A trial court had then handed down a seven-year sentence to the couple in February and imposed a fine of Rs500,000 each on the duo.

Khan and Bushra had then filed various appeals including the ones against their conviction and those seeking suspension of their sentences.

Judge Shahrukh Arjumand had reserved the verdict on their appeals challenging their conviction on May 23.

However, in light of Maneka's repeated expression of no-confidence, the IHC, on Judge Arujmand's request, then transferred the case to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Afzal Majuka.