Toshakhana reference: Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi sentenced to 14 years

ISLAMABAD (PEN) :An Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir pronounced the Toshakhana reference case on Wednesday and sentenced the founding Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and his wife Bushra Bibi to 14 years each imprisonment. 

PTI founder Imran Khan was also disqualified from holding any public office for 10 years. A fine of Rs 78.70  million was also imposed on each and Rs158.30 billion collectively on both accused.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder was brought to court, however, Bushra Bibi did not appear. The court summoned the PTI founder to appear and inquired where his 342 statement was.

Imran Khan replied: “The statement is in the room, I was only called to appear before the court.” ​

The judge directed Imran Khan to submit his statement immediately and remarked: “Don’t waste court time.”

Imran Khan asked the judge why he was in such a hurry and highlighted he was sentenced hurriedly in a cipher case.

“The lawyers have not come yet, I will submit the statement after showing them,” the PTI founder and then left the courtroom.

In less than 24 hours, former prime minister Imran Khan got a second sentence from the courts. On Tuesday, former premier Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the cipher case.

The verdict was pronounced by Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqernain of the Official Secrets Act special court after conducting proceedings in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The judge said the prosecution had enough solid evidence to prove the crime.

Both the accused were present in the courtroom at the time of sentencing, and they refused to sign the statement questionnaire under Section 342 of CrPC. They said they would not sign the questionnaire in the absence of their lawyers.