ISLAMABAD - Bushra Maneka , a 50-year-old lady Imran has been visiting for spiritual guidance for quite some time, has asked for some time to consult her family members before making any decision, said a statement issued by the PTI.
The communique further said if Bushra and her family would accept the proposal then Imran will himself announce it, until then it has been requested that the media should respect his privacy.
It all started after a local newspaper on Saturday claimed that Imran had married, for the third time.
The report claimed that the marriage ceremony was held in Lahore on January 1 and was attended by the PTI chief’s close aides including Awn Chaudhry, Naeemul Haque, Mufti Saeed, a British Pakistani businessman and Imran’s personal friend Zulfi Bokhari.
Imran was repeatedly asked by the media to comment on the news but he preferred not to comment for some reasons. However, some PTI leaders in their individual capacity either rejected the news or termed it a purely ‘private matter’.
Earlier, commenting on the rumours in her tweet, PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari said, “Ridiculous! When SC deprives IK’s detractors from doing accusatory stories of corruption, they create stories of his “marriage”! Somewhat pathetic too!”
“For the record, it is Chairman PTI Imran Khan’s personal business and no one else’s, when, with whom and where he decides to marry,” she added.
Imran’s Political Secretary Awn Chaudhry, who according to the report was one of the two witnesses signing the marriage papers, also took to Twitter. “This is irresponsible yellow journalism. I had categorically denied the veracity of this planted gossip. Totally concocted story.”
Later he clarified: “It’s his wish that Imran should marry a woman, and that woman make his life pleasant and wonderful. But, it [this subject] has nothing to do with politics.”
Naeemul Haque, however, offered no public comment over the issue.
Earlier, in 2017 a local newspaper had reported that Imran had silently been visiting a remote town of Sahiwal where he stays “for a few hours at the residence of his hosts who belong to influential Maneka clan with whom he is said to have a spiritual bond.”
The report had suggested that the PTI chief there meets one Bushra Bibi, known as Ms Pinki in the area, for spiritual advice. Now, the latest report in this regard claimed that Imran had actually married that woman.
However, one of Bushra’s sons, who on Saturday appeared on a local news channel, categorically denied the report that her mother had married Khan.
The PTI chief was married twice but neither of his marriages worked. He married Jemima Goldsmith, a British national, in 1995 and ended relationship with her in 2004. He then married Reham Khan in 2015 but the relationship ended within just 10 months.
A few months ago, Imran in response to a question about a third marriage had said in a lighter vein: “I am in a hurry to complete my marriages’ hat-trick”.
Who’s Bushra and where she first met Imran?
The PTI chief had first met with Bushra, a mother of five, shortly before the 2015 by-election in Lodhran for the NA-154 seat.
She is around 50 years old and belongs to influential Wattoo family in Punjab’s Pakpattan district.
She has recently divorced her former husband Khawar Farid Maneka, a Customs officer and a son of former federal minister Ghulam Farid Maneka.
Bushra’s two sons – Ibrahim and Musa – after graduating from Aitchison College in Lahore are currently getting higher education from abroad.
Mehru, Bushra’s eldest of the three daughters is the daughter-in-law of Punjab MPA Mian Atta Muhammad Maneka.