Pakistan's Information Minister Refutes Poisoning Claims Against Former First Lady Bushra Bibi

Pakistan's former first lady Bushra Bibi declared fit after medical tests, ruling out poisoning claims. Information Minister accuses PTI of politicizing the matter.

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Pakistan's Information Minister Refutes Poisoning Claims Against Former First Lady Bushra Bibi

Pakistan's Information Minister Refutes Poisoning Claims Against Former First Lady Bushra Bibi

Pakistan's Information Minister Ata Tarar has stated that the medical tests conducted on former first lady Bushra Bibi, including an ECG, have come back clear, ruling out any claims of poisoning. Tarar accused the political party Tehreek-e-Insaf of politicizing the matter.

A three-member medical team from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) assessed Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan, as fit. The team, comprising Dr. Bushra Liquat, Dr. Hira Tahir, and Dr. Sidra, conducted the evaluation at the Bani Gala sub-jail after Bushra Bibi reported symptoms of acidity and chest discomfort. "The PIMS doctors examined Bushra Bibi and declared her fully fit, though she had complained of heartburn," Tarar said. "The doctors advised her to be careful while eating and recommended further examination and tests."

This assessment comes after Bushra Bibi underwent a comprehensive medical evaluation under the supervision of Khan's family physician last week. Doctors at a private hospital in Islamabad affirmed her good health after a six-hour stay for diagnostic procedures, including endoscopy.

Tarar criticized the Tehreek-e-Insaf party for politicizing Bushra Bibi's health, stating, "Tehreek-e-Insaf is politicizing the matter. Bushra Bibi's medical tests, including ECG, are clear, ruling out poisoning claims." The information minister's comments come amidst ongoing political tensions in Pakistan.

The medical report from the PIMS team has been forwarded to higher authorities. The Islamabad High Court had previously declared keeping Bushra Bibi in solitary confinement a form of torture.

Tarar also addressed the recent by-elections, stating that voters rejected the PTI's narrative of hatred, hypocrisy, and lies. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) swept the by-elections due to the love for Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's economic reforms.

Regarding the issue of missing persons, Tarar said a cabinet committee has been formed to find solutions, and the previous government had also worked on the matter. He emphasized that the country is moving towards progress and development, with the government taking steps to introduce economic reforms and increase trade with Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The information minister's statements aim to provide clarity on Bushra Bibi's health condition and refute the poisoning claims made by political opponents. As the medical reports indicate no signs of poisoning, Tarar has called out the PTI for politicizing the former first lady's health for their own gain.

Key Takeaways

  • Pakistan's ex-first lady Bushra Bibi declared fit in medical tests, ruling out poisoning.
  • Govt accuses PTI of politicizing Bushra Bibi's health, says ECG and tests were clear.
  • Islamabad High Court previously declared Bushra Bibi's solitary confinement as torture.
  • Govt claims PML-N swept by-elections due to public's love for Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif.
  • Govt forms cabinet committee to address issue of missing persons, focuses on economic reforms.