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‘I know who is behind it’: Pakistan’s former PM Imran Khan claims wife Bushra Bibi poisoned

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NEW DELHI: Former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Tuesday claimed that his wife lady Bushra bibi was poisoned at his private residence, which was turned into a sub-jail.
Khan said that the army chief should be held responsible if anything happens to her. During the proceedings of the 190 million pound Toshakhana corruption case at Adiala Jail, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader informed Judge Nasir Javed Rana about an alleged poisoning attempt on the former first lady.The PTI leader stated that the former first lady exhibited marks on her skin and tongue as purported side effects of the alleged “poisoning”.
“I know who is behind it,” said the 71-year-old PTI founder.
He emphasised that if any harm came to Bushra, the Pakistan Army chief (General Asim Munir) should be held responsible as members of an intelligence agency were controlling everything at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad and Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
During the hearing of the 190 million pound Toshakhana corruption case at Adiala Jail, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader raised concerns about the health of 49-year-old Bushra, the former first lady. He urged the court to order her medical examination by Dr. Asim of Shaukat Khanum Hospital, citing distrust in the doctor who previously examined her.
Additionally, he called for an inquiry into the alleged poisoning incident. Responding to the request, the court directed Khan to submit a detailed application regarding Bushra’s medical examination.
Speaking to the media after the hearing, Bushra addressed rumors circulating within the party, alleging that she was poisoned with a popular toilet cleaner. She claimed that three drops of the cleaner were added to her food, resulting in various health issues such as swollen eyes, chest and stomach pain, and bitterness in food and water. However, she refused to disclose the identity of the person who informed her about the poisoning.
Bushra informed the court that although she was treated decently at the Bani Gala sub-jail, she was restricted from opening the windows for some time.
Earlier, the PTI had claimed that Bushra was given poisonous food during her incarceration, causing her severe pain. They expressed concerns about her life being endangered and criticized the denial of her constitutional right to a medical examination. Furthermore, they alleged that Bushra’s family was barred from visiting her, which they considered a violation of both the Constitution and jail regulations.
In January, Khan and Bushra were sentenced to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana corruption case involving the illegal sale of state gifts received during Khan’s tenure. While Khan was held at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Bushra was placed under house arrest at Khan’s Bani Gala residence, which was declared a sub-jail.
The PTI emphasised that Bushra had no connection to the corruption case and accused authorities of pressuring Khan through her conviction.
Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan condemned the alleged political victimization of Bushra, expressing concerns about her isolation and potential poisoning. He warned of holding accountable those responsible for any harm to her.
Since his ousting from power through a no-confidence motion in April 2022, Khan has faced convictions in multiple cases, including the cipher case.

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