Imran Khan spouse jailed over marriage ceremony element as marriage storm erupts

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Cricket legend Imran Khan and his mystic spouse have been hit once more with an extra jail sentence handed down.

A Pakistan court docket on Saturday dominated the previous prime minister’s marriage to his third spouse Bushra Bibi was unlawful underneath Islamic regulation and sentenced the pair to seven years every in jail, his occasion stated.

It’s the third verdict in every week to assault the previous worldwide cricket star’s repute, after he was given concurrent jail sentences of 10 years for leaking state secrets and techniques and 14 years for graft alongside his spouse Bibi.

Khan, who was booted from workplace by a vote of no confidence in April 2022, insists practically 200 offences he has since been charged with have been fabricated by the military-led institution to cease him from contesting elections on February 8.

The newest conviction centres on an Islamic regulation generally known as “iddat”, which dictates {that a} widowed or divorced girl should wait three months earlier than remarrying, to go away little doubt about who the daddy is within the occasion of a being pregnant.

“A court docket has declared the wedding of former prime minister Imran Khan & Busra Bibi unlawful with 7 years imprisonment every,” his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion stated in an announcement.

“This shameful case is illogical. All of that is taking place for political targets,” stated Khan’s lawyer Gohar Ali Khan, including that the conviction and jail phrases could be challenged in court docket.

Khan has been imprisoned in Rawalpindi for months, whereas Bibi surrendered this week and is being held at her house, declared a “sub-jail”, on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad.

“The fees of corruption and now these ones are an try to boost ethical questions on his character,” lawyer Sabahat Rizvi, who was not concerned within the case, instructed AFP Saturday.

“They’re focusing on him as a result of they may not diminish his aura.”

Khan rose to energy in 2018 with the backing of the navy, however has been sidelined after dropping their favour and waging a marketing campaign of defiance towards them.

The PTI has been severely hamstrung forward of the vote, with scores of leaders jailed, supporters barred from holding rallies, and the occasion stripped of its talisman cricket bat image.

Few journalists have been given entry to the court docket, however The Nation stated Saturday the couple insisted they’d waited the correct time earlier than marrying.

The criticism towards the wedding was raised in November final 12 months by Khawar Maneka, Bibi’s ex-husband.

“The divorce deed introduced by Khawar Maneka is a fabricated doc,” The Nation newspaper reported Bibi as saying in an announcement Friday to a particular court docket session at Adiala jail, the place Khan is being held.

“Khawar Maneka gave me a triple divorce in April 2017,” it quoted Bibi’s assertion as saying.

“Imran Khan and I solemnised our marriage on January 1, 2018.”

The newspaper stated the couple questioned why Maneka had waited so lengthy to make his criticism, arguing he solely raised the difficulty final 12 months after being detained in a graft case.

Oxford-educated Khan earned a repute as a playboy throughout his cricket-playing bachelor days, steadily photographed alongside society beauties and fashions.

His first marriage to Jemima Goldsmith — the daughter of a British multimillionaire — led to divorce.

He then married Reham Nayyar, a tv journalist who revealed a kiss-and-tell memoir after they divorced inside a 12 months.

Bibi, his third spouse, not often seems in public and wears a face-covering hijab when she does.

Bibi is credited with taking part in a key function Khan’s meteoric rise and fall.

By most studies, it was faith that first introduced Khan and Bibi collectively.

With a rising curiosity within the Sufism, a sort of Islamic mysticism, Khan started attending the Shrine of Baba Farid the place Bibi was a religion healer.

Over time they established a peer-muridi, she turn into his “non secular mentor”.

And he or she made some startling predictions for his political future.

Whether or not it was her mystic powers — or her household’s political connections — they tied the knot in a quiet ceremony on 18 February 2018.

– with AFP