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.
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.
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.
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.