Imran Khan ties the knot for a third time

Published: February 18, 2018
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Imran Khan, Bushra Wattoo and family at Nikah ceremony in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Imran Khan, Bushra Wattoo and family at Nikah ceremony in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman’s name fell off the marriage market, again, on Sunday after he tied the knot for the third time.

“Marriage is the combination of two hearts and two souls, which join each other on this special day of the wedding. Wishing [the couple] a very happy and blessed married life,” a PTI spokesperson said while confirming that party chairman Imran Khan has married spiritual healer Bushra Wattoo, also known as Pinky in the area.

The PTI media wing on Sunday night also released a few pictures of the wedding ceremony, claiming that a simple ceremony was held in Lahore and PTI Central Executive Committee member Mufti Muhammad Saeed performed the nikah.

“Wedding ceremony was held at the residence of Khan’s son-in-law Ahmad Wattoo in Lahore today (Sunday)…Khan’s mother-in-law and other family members also attended,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement.

The photographs show Imran and a veiled Bushra along with several others, including PTI leaders Awn Chaudhry and Zulfi Bukhari.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

On January 3 earlier this year, the media was abuzz with reports of the PTI chief having already contracted a third marriage with a woman he used to visit for spiritual guidance.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

On January 7, the PTI chairman broke his silence about his possible third marriage, clarifying that he had only sent a wedding proposal to the lady and was awaiting her response.

Khan had said that she had sought some time to consult her family, especially her children, before making any decision. He pledged he would publically announce his third marriage if she accepted his proposal.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

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On the other hand, some media reports claimed that the nikah was performed in Lahore in the first week of January and now, just to make the delayed announcement, Khan organised a show ceremony.

After the story broke in the first week of January, Khan had stressed the need for restraint, asking the media to “give the two families, especially the children, their privacy”.

Over the past couple of years, Khan had quietly been visiting a remote town in Sahiwal where he stayed for a few hours at the residence of his hosts, who belong to the influential Maneka clan.

The media report suggested that Khan met there with Bushra Maneka – now Bushra Wattoo after her divorce from Khawar Fareed Maneka, a civil servant – for spiritual advice.

Following the January reports of Khan’s alleged wedding, Khawar Fareed Maneka released a video statement in which he deplored the manner in which a specific media outlet has reported on the issue.

The PTI chief was previously married to British socialite Jemima Goldsmith in 1995. He had two sons with her before the relationship ended in divorce in 2004. He then married journalist Reham Khan in 2015, but the marriage ended after just 10 months.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Zain ul Abideen
    Feb 18, 2018 - 11:51PM

    Congratulations to Imran Khan. May he find the personal happiness he has been longing for. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 18, 2018 - 11:54PM

    Ishq Na Puchaay Zaat !!Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 18, 2018 - 11:59PM

    His happiness in personal life came at the cost of destroying someone else’s. Even the likes of Zardari haven’t stooped this low.Recommend

  • Farid sehgal
    Feb 19, 2018 - 12:58AM

    Congratulation and best wishes for the couple.May Allah happiness in the life of the both .Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 19, 2018 - 3:49AM
  • Kolsat
    Feb 19, 2018 - 3:50AM

    Imran Khan can post the same photo when he marries the fourth time.Recommend

  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Feb 19, 2018 - 5:32AM

    Come on from a jewish businesswoman to a journalist and now a ” pir bibi” a wonderful change according to pakistani context. Give them your blessings and in otherhand, take blessing from bushra wattoo pir sahiba. Sports king and religion all mashed into a beautiful couple. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • khurshid ahmad
    Feb 19, 2018 - 10:19AM

    we pray for this couple very happy & save marriage life. Recommend

  • Shah Ji
    Feb 19, 2018 - 5:09PM

    This is so funny! He gets buddy-buddy with the woman’s husband, persuades him to divorce her, then marries her, and gives the husband a party ticket!

    I wonder whats else is being hidden from the public eye. There is more than meets the eye, and Peerni sahiba turns out to be a rather naughty woman, in more ways than one!Recommend

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