The cleric who solemnised former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wedding with Bushra Bibi said the ceremony was not conducted in accordance with Islamic Sharia law, reported The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
The cleric said the couple’s wedding in 2018 occurred during Bushra Bibi’s iddat period.
The iddat period (three months) is a waiting period that a Muslim woman must observe on account of the death of her husband or the dissolution of the marriage.
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Before her marriage to Imran Khan, Bushra was married to Khawar Maneka and had divorced him in 2017.
Mufti Saeed, the cleric, said he officiated the nikkah between Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi on January 1, 2018, after a woman claiming to be Bushra’s sister assured him that all the Sharia requirements for her marriage had been fulfilled. Saeed added that the couple began living together in Islamabad after their wedding.
However, he claims that Imran Khan contacted him in February 2018 and requested him to conduct the Nikkah again. According to Saeed, Imran Khan told him that, at the time of the initial ceremony, Bushra’s iddat period had not been completed as she was divorced in November 2017.
The cleric said the former Pakistan PM and his wife planned their wedding despite being aware of the situation. He also alleged that Imran Khan had confided in him that he believed marrying Bushra would lead to him becoming the prime minister.
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Mufti Saeed revealed the details about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and Bushra Bibi’s wedding in court. A petition was filed by one Muhammad Hanif against the alleged ‘un-Islamic’ Nikkah of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.
Saeed said Muhammad Hanif approached him on the fourth day of Ramzan and inquired about the marriage of Imran and Bushra and he told them what he had revealed in court. The court has adjourned further hearings on the case until April 19.
The cleric serves as the principal of a seminary and said he has a positive relationship with Imran Khan and is also a part of his core committee. He claimed that the former PM took him to Lahore’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) to officiate the couple’s nikkah in 2018.