Lahore: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has confirmed party chief Imran Khan’s marriage to his spiritual guide Bushra Maneka, thus ending weeks of speculation about the union.
Khan, a cricketer turned politician, married Bushra Bibi (also known as Pinki Pir) in a simple ceremony held in Lahore yesterday, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet.
He said the marriage ceremony was held at Maneka’s brother’s residence in Lahore.
“Wishing Chairman PTI Imran Khan and his wife a happy married life. May Allah bless the couple,” read a tweet on PTI’s official Twitter account on Sunday.
The party issued pictures of Imran’s nikah with Bushra Bibi, in which close relatives of the bride could be seen. Imran’s political secretary Awn Chaudhry can also be seen in the images.
Family sources said that none of Imran’s sisters was present at nikah. The PTI chairman reportedly left for Islamabad later Sunday night.
Believed to be in her 40s, Bushra belongs to the Wattoo clan and is a Pir (spiritual guide) based in Punjab. She was formerly married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad, with whom she has three daughters and two sons.
Imran Khan, 65, first came in touch with Bushra Bibi for spiritual guidance a couple of years ago.
This is Imran Khan’s third marriage. 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.
Earlier, Khan had rejected the reports that he had contracted his marriage with Maneka on 1 January in Lahore’s Defence residence of his ‘new’ brother-in-law. A source in the party said Khan was under immense pressure from the PTI to disclose his third marriage after a humiliating defeat in Punjab’s Lodhran district last week.