Thursday, 22 March 2018

Imran Khan’s hat-trick; marries his spiritual guide

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan married Bushra Maneka, a respected Pir [faith healer] in Pakpattan, in “a simple ceremony” in Lahore on Sunday, reported Pakistan newspaper Dawn..

Confirming Khan’s third marriage, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said that the ceremony was held at the residence of Bushra’s brother.

Nikah of Imran Khan and Bushra Maneka. ─ Image courtesy DawnNews

Party leader Inamul Haq told Dawn that only close relatives, including the bride’s mother, and friends participated in the ceremony — Khan’s sisters, however, were not in attendance. Mufti Saeed performed the nikah in the presence of Awn Chaudhary and Zulfi Bukhari who appeared as witnesses, said PTI members.

The ceremony was a low-profile one as per the desire of Imran Khan, Haq added. He expressed hope that Imran Khan’s marriage would prove blessed not only for him and his wife but for the entire nation.

PTI leaders, including Naeemul Haque, Shireen Mazari, Jahangir Tareen, and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, congratulated Khan and his new wife on their marriage on Twitter.

Imran Khan signing papers in Lahore at his nikah ceremony. ─ Image Courtesy DawnNews

Bushra Maneka is in her 40s, and belongs to the Wattoo clan, of which the Manekas are a sub-clan. Earlier, she was married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad but parted ways in recent times.

The PTI chief has been married twice before. His first marriage was with Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire in 1995. The couple divorced in 2004.

Khan’s second marriage to Reham Khan dissolved 10 months after a public ceremony had taken place in January, 2015.

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