PTI sounds alarm over Bushra Bibi's health

Barrister Gohar says situation is 'extremely serious and worrisome', calls for urgent action

Our Correspondent April 23, 2024
PTI leaders addressing a press conference in Islamabad on April 23, 2024. SCREENGRAB


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has raised serious apprehensions regarding the well-being of Bushra Bibi, the spouse of former prime minister and PTI founding chairman Imran Khan, following the unexpected arrival of ambulances and medical personnel at Bani Gala late Monday night.

Expressing apprehension, the party has warned that any adverse event regarding Bushra Bibi's health will not be taken lightly, with those in power being held accountable.

PTI Central Spokesperson Raoof Hasan stressed that the safety and security of Bushra Bibi are now under threat.

Demanding swift action, Hasan urged for the immediate transfer of Bushra Bibi to Shaukat Khanum Hospital, where doctors chosen by both her and Imran Khan could assess her health condition. He issued a stern warning that if any harm came to her, the responsible parties, including Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz and the jail superintendent, would face consequences.

PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan criticised the government for not sharing relevant information with the party about her condition, PTI leader said Bushra Bibi is being held at Bani Gala sub-jail unlawfully.

The sudden appearance of medical assistance at Bani Gala alarmed PTI leaders and supporters, casting doubt on Bushra Bibi's well-being and triggering immediate concern. Barrister Gohar described the situation as "extremely serious and worrisome," calling for urgent action.

He noted with dismay that no information about the arrival of the ambulance or Bushra Bibi's health was provided to the party leadership, despite repeated inquiries. This lack of communication intensified fears regarding her safety and security.

He emphasised that those in power are responsible for Bushra Bibi's health and safety, but he criticised them for failing to meet their constitutional and legal obligations. He strongly condemned the government's failure to ensure her welfare, stating that such negligence is both intolerable and unfortunate.

Meanwhile addressing a news conference, other PTI leaders also criticised the government for not providing any information about Bushra Bibi's condition and declared that they would take all necessary steps to ensure her well-being. They emphasised that they would not tolerate any compromise on her health and safety.

The press conference was led by PTI Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan, who was joined by PTI Senator Dr Humayun Mohmand, Naeem Haider Panjutha, and PTI Women Wing's Kanwal Shauzab.

Raoof Hasan stated that the sudden arrival of the ambulance and doctors at Bani Gala, followed by their abrupt departure without informing Bushra Bibi's family or PTI's legal team, was unacceptable and inhumane. He warned that the situation could escalate, with public patience reaching its limits.

PTI Senator Dr Mohmand raised doubts about the credibility of Bushra Bibi's medical assessments, suggesting that her health examination had been delayed for two months, possibly to cover up wrongdoing. He claimed that the inflammation in her digestive system could indicate poisoning and demanded a thorough investigation to uncover any foul play.


Panjutha, a member of the PTI Core Committee, noted that Bushra Bibi had no prior health issues and that the delay in addressing her medical condition raised suspicions. He pointed out that she had been subjected to solitary confinement and restricted from outside contact, making her condition even more precarious.

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Kanwal Shauzab, PTI Women Wing President, highlighted that targeting women has become a concerning trend since the regime change. She stressed that Bushra Bibi had no political role and was being unjustly detained to pressure Imran Khan. She demanded that Bushra Bibi be released immediately, as she is being held in fake and politically motivated cases.

The PTI leadership urged the government to ensure the safety of Bushra Bibi and take immediate steps to address her health concerns, emphasising that they would not remain silent if her condition deteriorated further.



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