Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has confirmed party chief and former Pakistan captain Imran Khan marries for the third time to his spiritual guide Bushra Maneka, thus ending weeks of speculation about the union.
Maneka is in her late 40s and has five children from her first marriage. She is a resident of Pakpattan district, which is 250 km from Lahore. On the other hand, Khan’s previous two marriages ended in divorce. His first marriage was with Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire, in 1995, which lasted nine years. Khan has two sons from her. His second marriage with TV anchor Reham Khan in 2015 ended after a brief 10 months. And now Imran Khan marries for the third time to Bushra Maneka.
Mr Khan, a cricketer-turned-politician, married Bushra Maneka Bibi (also known as Pinki Pir) in a simple ceremony held in Lahore, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet.
He said the ceremony was held at Bushra Maneka’s brother’s home in Lahore.
“Marriage is the combination of two hearts and two souls which join each on this special day of wedding. I wish a very happy and blessed married life to Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said.
“The valima ceremony will also be held in a simple manner in a few days,” he said.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) February 18, 2018
The PTI’s media wing released pictures of the marriage ceremony in which Imran is seen wearing shalwar kameez and black jacket while the bride is decked in red suit with woolen shawl.
None of Imran’s sisters was present in the ceremony triggering rumours that Imran had not taken them into confidence about his third marriage.
According to a source, Khan had started visiting her over a year ago to seek spiritual advice.
“He got closer to her when some of the political predictions she made about his party came true. Later, both developed some ‘intimacy’ and finally Bushra took divorce from her husband and contracted marriage with Imran early last month,” the source said.
Earlier, Imran had rejected the reports that he had married Maneka on January 1 in Lahore’s Defence residence of his ‘new’ brother-in-law.
Last month, Imran had admitted that he had proposed marriage to Maneka.
“I would like to reiterate that every time I met her, with family and alone. She has been in purdah (veil). My interest in her lies in the fact that I have not seen or met anyone with her level of spirituality. I only sent the proposal for marriage after she divorced her husband,” said Imran.
Not to forget the flamboyant cricketer turned politician is considered the role-model for Pakistani cricket. He inspired an under-lying Pakistan team to lift the 1992 World cup under his captaincy. He is in the list of most iconic all-rounders of all time.