Imran, Bushra, Bibi's NAB notices in Toshakhana case illegal IHC

Imran khan, Bushra Bibi’s NAB notices in Toshakhana case illegal: IHC

Islamabad, Pakistan – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday declared the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) notices issued to Prime Minister Imran Khan, his wife Bushra Bibi, and former premier Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, in the Toshakhana case as illegal and without lawful authority.

Justice Aamir Farooq, who headed the IHC bench, announced the verdict on a petition filed by the prime minister’s counsel challenging the NAB notices issued to Imran, Bushra and Kulsoom Nawaz.

The court observed that the NAB notices were issued without any legal basis and directed the bureau to immediately withdraw them. The bench also noted that the NAB’s move was “against the principles of natural justice and the Constitution.”

The Toshakhana case is related to the alleged misuse of official vehicles by the former premiers and their families. The case was initiated in 2019 and the NAB had issued notices to Imran, Bushra, and Kulsoom Nawaz earlier this year.

The prime minister’s counsel had argued that the NAB notices were issued without jurisdiction and that Imran, Bushra, and Kulsoom Nawaz were not even mentioned in the original investigation report of the Toshakhana case.

The IHC verdict has been hailed by the ruling party, with senior leaders expressing satisfaction over the court’s decision. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the verdict was a “slap on the face of those who were using NAB for political victimization.”

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The opposition, however, has criticized the verdict and accused the government of using its influence to get the NAB notices withdrawn.

The NAB has not yet issued a statement on the IHC verdict.

The Toshakhana case has been one of the most high-profile corruption cases in Pakistan in recent years, with several politicians and bureaucrats being investigated for alleged misuse of public funds. The case has also been marred by controversies and allegations of political victimization.

Farhad Safi
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