Imran Khan dated Bushra Bibi when I was his wife: Reham Khan

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan dated with her spiritual guide Bushra Maneka (also known as Pinki Pir) when I was his wife, said Reham Khan, the second wife of the former Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician. The ex-wife of Imran Khan has accused him of cheating on her with the woman he has now married. Reham Khan, whom khan divorced after a ten-month marriage in 2015, claimed that the newlyweds couple was involve in dating for more than three years before tying the knot. On last Sunday, 18 February, Imran Khan got married at Maneka’s brother’s residence in Lahore. PTI Central Executive Committee member Mufti Muhammad Saeed performed the ‘nikah’.

Earlier a Senior investigative Journalist of  “The News” Umar Cheema broke the story of PTI Chief Imran’s third marriage in January this year, but then PTI denied the report . However, the party had later confirmed through a press release that Imran Khan has only proposed marriage to Bushra Bibi, not got married yet.

In an interview with The Times, Reham alleged that her ex-husband knew Bushra for the last three years and continued to see her even during her short-lived marriage with the former cricketer-turned-politician, Reham Khan also accused the Imran Khan of being unfaithful and untruthful.

“Imran Khan was in contact with Bushra three years ago when I was his wife and he is not the truthful man,” she said. Citing Imran’s staff, Reham also took to Twitter and said that her ex-husband had met his new wife while she was married to Imran.  

“No, these are the words of those who have been Pir & Mureed. Both confirmed he was taking instructions for the last 3 years. Ex-husband of Pir confirmed it too. I was his wife at the time.

Reham Khan also went on to say that the marriage between Imran and Bushra took place nearly two months ago. “I knew they married on January 1, and he revealed it later, this is exactly what he did after marrying me and then announcing after two months,” she remarked.

Imran Khan’s third wife, Bushra Bibi or Bushra watoo, 44, was married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad. They got divorced in 2017.  She has three sons and two daughters. Her sons, Musa Maneka and Ebrahim Maneka, graduated from Aitchison College in 2013 and pursued higher studies abroad. Her eldest daughter Mehru Maneka is the daughter-in-law of son of Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Atta Maneka. Imran had first married British socialist Jemima Goldsmith in 1995 that ended in divorce after nine years in 2004. His second marriage with Reham, then a TV anchor, lasted barely for 10 months.

Reham Khan claims have come on the occasion when  PTI is looking to make a mark in the Pakistan general elections, scheduled to be held in July this year. The Imran-led party is aspiring to overthrow the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhary denied Reham Khan’s allegations and claimed that she had frequently fabricated stories. 

The news of the marriage drew a mixed response with some criticizing the PTI chairman for ‘lying’ about it, and others congratulating him.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) Secretary-General and Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri had some advice to offer to Imran Khan following the PTI chairman’s third marriage. “There’s no harm in marrying. But do not humiliate women by divorcing them,” said Maulana Haideri, after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf confirmed their leader’s marriage to ‘spiritual adviser’ Bushra Bibi.

Asked about the PTI chief’s chances of becoming the prime minister of Pakistan, Maulana Haideri said it did not seem likely. “If [Imran Khan] can’t [hold on] to his wives, how can he hold the country together?” said the JUI-F leader, eluding to Khan’s two failed marriages – to Jemima Goldsmith and Reham Khan – in the past.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry congratulated the PTI chairman for his third marriage, but pointed out that he should not have lied by rejecting The News report, which said that he had tied the knot on January 1. “Marriage is a Sunnat-e-Nabwi. What was the point of lying about it? One should know what they are supposed to do at their age,” he said on Sunday.

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