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LHC slaps Rs100,000 fine on Bushra Bibi’s lawyer for ‘wasting court’s time’



  • Judge questions why petition was filed when similar matter already heard by LHC.
  • He says “so much of the court’s time is wasted because of such petitions”.
  • Court imposes fine of Rs100,000 on Bushra Bibi’s lawyer Azhar Siddique.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi on Thursday that sought to “halt expected police action” at their Zaman Park residence during the Eid ul Fitr holidays.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on Bushra’s lawyer Azhar Siddique.

Punjab police had raided Khan’s Lahore residence last month after the former premier left for the Islamabad Judicial Complex for a hearing and arrested several party workers.

During the hearing of a separate case at the LHC earlier this week, Khan informed the court of his fears that another “operation” would be launched during the Eid ul Fitr holidays. Subsequently, the court directed police to not “harass” Khan.

Bushra’s petition, which was heard today, nominated the Ministry of Interior, inspector general Punjab police and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as respondents. It stated that “reports” had been received that an operation would be conducted at Zaman Park during the Eid holidays.

It referred to the March operation and requested the court to stop police from conducting the reported operation during the holidays.

During the hearing, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh questioned what the court could do on the basis of “apprehensions”.

Referring to the LHC’s order to not “harass” Khan, the judge observed that a larger bench had already heard the matter. “When a five-member bench has already issued an order, why did you file a similar petition again? You should not have done it,” he told Bushra’s counsel.

When Siddique argued that the earlier order was related to not harassing Khan, Judge Sheikh said the latest petition was similar to the matter that had already been heard.

“So much of the court’s time is wasted because of such petitions,” the judge remarked.

At this, Siddique offered to withdraw the petition.

Subsequently, the judge dismissed the petition and imposed a fine on Bushra’s lawyer. 

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The PPP promises the government will support the budget vote.




Insiders state that the PPP will support the budget despite expressing reservations about it.

As previously stated, the party leaders had not yet decided whether to support or oppose the federal budget that the administration will be announcing today.

Leading figures have reportedly reached a resolution over the dispute between two parties that are allies.

In order to have the budget approved, the People’s Party will give the PML-N its whole support. Sources stated that the PPP would back the budget’s adoption “in spite of protests and speeches in committee.”

The administration promised the PPP that some of its recommendations would be included in the budget, according to sources. Voting supporting the PML-N budget is a quid pro quo commitment made by the PPP leadership.

For assistance in passing the budget, the PML-N had asked the PPP.

The PPP has not yet decided whether to accept or oppose the budget, according to PPP leader Nayya Bukhari.

The forthcoming yearly budget for 2024–25 and the state of the nation’s economy as a whole were the topics of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari’s Tuesday meeting.

The meeting was also attended by Professor Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives, a press statement from the President’s House stated.

The protection of low-income and middle-class interests in the annual budget is a priority, as highlighted by President Zardari. Along with pledging his support for fiscal benchmarks to be met, he also gave the prime minister assurances on national development.

The next budget’s proposed development projects were also discussed by President Zardari and Prime Minister Shehbaz. He told the president about his recent five-day travel to China, the prime minister said.

On June 12th, or today, the federal government will unveil its budget for the fiscal year 2024–25.

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PM Shehbaz will preside over today’s federal cabinet meeting.




We will talk about the political and economic state of the nation on Tuesday, or today.

The meeting, which will take place in the prime minister’s office, will be facilitated by the prime minister.

As per insiders, the prime minister is expected to reassure the cabinet on his recent trip to China. The meeting will also include a discussion of the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The decisions made at the sessions of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) are expected to be ratified by the cabinet as well, according to sources.

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Today, the IHC will hear the petitions of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in the matter of an illegal marriage.




Imran Khan, the founder of PTI, and his wife Bushra Bibi will present their cases in an illegal marriage lawsuit before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) today, Tuesday.

At the hearing will be IHC Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb. Regarding both petitions, the registrar’s office has previously voiced objections.

Bushra Bibi has appealed in her petition that the high court to take note of a matter that is still ongoing in the sessions court about the suspension of her sentence in an illegal marriage case.

In his appeal, PTI founder argued that the District and Sessions Judge Shahrukh Arjumand should be ordered by the high court to announce the case’s reserved ruling.

Through Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry and Barrister Salman Safdar, Bushra Bibi’s attorneys, filed the petition.

The petition was moved in the interim on Imran Khan’s behalf by attorney Salman Akram Raja.

Notably, on February 3, a civil court condemned Imran Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Terrorist Organization, and Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison for their illegal marriage.

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