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Tuesday April 16, 2024

Bushra Bibi may be arrested in near future

Bushra Bibi, wife of jailed PTI Chairman Imran Khan, may find her in serious trouble in the near future

By Ansar Abbasi
November 11, 2023
Former Prime Minister, Imran Khan (left) along with his wife Bushra Bibi signs surety bonds for bail in various cases, at a registrars office in the High Court, in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP
Former Prime Minister, Imran Khan (left) along with his wife Bushra Bibi signs surety bonds for bail in various cases, at a registrar's office in the High Court, in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Bushra Bibi, wife of jailed PTI Chairman Imran Khan, may find her in serious trouble in the near future.

Informed sources said that the NAB is cross checking certain pieces of “evidence”, which if confirmed will change the status of Bushra Bibi from a “witness” to “accused”.

The sources said that the Bureau has received some fresh evidence, which is being cross checked. If it gets confirmed, the sources said Bushra Bibi will become an accused of the NAB and may be arrested as well.

The evidence, it is said, pertains to some financial transactions that Bushra Bibi allegedly received. The latest report, leaked to the media and the follow-up press conferences on the subject by PMLN and MQM, about Farah Shahzadi are also a prelude to some added problems for Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, the NAB has also accelerated its probe towards conclusion in Imran Khan’s alleged corruption cases - Toshakhana and UK’s NCA (National Crime Agency) £190 million. The NAC’s £190 case is also known as the Al-Qadir Trust case. According to the sources, the Bureau may soon conclude these probes and decide about filing of references against Imran Khan. On Thursday, news about the alleged corruption of Farah Shahzadi was reported by different TV channels while quoting government sources. Later, PMLN’s Atta Tarar held a detailed press conference on Farah’s alleged corruption and linked her with Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.

It was claimed that Farah’s declared and non-declared assets had grown by a staggering Rs4,520 million from 2017 to 2020. It was reported, “The government sources released a public report on Thursday, alleging Farah Gogi did massive corruption during the PTI government. Over Rs14 billion are lying in 102 bank accounts of Farah Gogi, her husband Ahsan Jamil Gujjar and their partners. The declared and non-declared assets of Farhat Shahzadi alias Farah Gogi increased by Rs4,520 million from 2017 to 2020.”

The media reported that after the UK’s National Crime Agency returned 190 million pounds to the PTI government on Dec 3, 2019, Gogi got land on July 19, 2021, measuring 240-kanal registered in her name in return for that money. This precious land was transferred to Farah Gogi allegedly as a bribe, the media report said, adding in return for that bribe, the PTI government did not pursue a damages case worth Rs460 billion against a real estate tycoon.

In April this year, The News investigative journalist Fakhar Durrani had reported that the wealth of Farhat grew exponentially within the first three years since prime minister Imran Khan formed his government. The total declared assets of Farhat Shahzadi grew four times from Rs231 million in 2017 to Rs971 million in 2021. Her filing in 2018 was nil. It was reported by The News that her declared assets before Imran Khan came into power were reported to be worth Rs231,635,297 (Rs231 million) in 2017. However, within the first three years of Imran Khan’s government Farah bought several properties in different cities and made investments worth hundreds of millions of rupees in different business sectors.

Farah Khan, as per the documents, also availed herself of whitening of black money scheme (Tax Amnesty Scheme) in 2019 during Imran Khan’s government and declared assets worth Rs328 million under the Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019.

The documents further show that Farah Khan bought some luxurious properties in Lahore and Islamabad, including a villa in a posh sector of Islamabad. As per the documents, Farah Khan declared a 933 square yards house in Islamabad’s Sector F-7/2, which she bought for Rs195 million.