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Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi Jailed for Seven Years Over Unlawful Marriage

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been sentenced to seven years in prison for their unlawful marriage that violated Shariah laws. A senior civil judge also fined them Rs500,000 each and declared their nikah invalid.

The verdict was delivered by Senior Civil Judge Qudratullah on Saturday in Adiala Jail, where Imran Khan is already serving sentences in two other cases: the Toshakhana and cipher cases. Bushra Bibi, who was kept at Banigala after it was declared a sub-jail, was brought to Adiala for the final hearing.

The case was filed by Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka, who accused Imran Khan of intruding into his marital life and stigmatising his family. He claimed that Bushra Bibi married Imran Khan during her iddat period, which is the mandatory waiting period for a divorced or widowed woman before she can remarry. He argued that this was against Islamic laws and customs.

The court heard the testimonies of four key witnesses: Khawar Maneka, Mufti Saeed, who performed the nikah ceremony, Aun Chaudhry, a former associate of Imran Khan, and Muhammad Latif, a relative of Bushra Bibi. They were cross-examined by the lawyers of both parties: Salman Akram Raja for Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi, Raja Rizwan Abbasi for Khawar Maneka, and Samiullah Jasra for the state.

The court also recorded the statements of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code and presented them with a questionnaire containing 13 questions to probe the details of their marriage. The hearing lasted for 14 hours on Friday and the judge reserved his decision till Saturday.

The judge announced his decision in the presence of Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi, and their lawyers. He found them guilty of violating Shariah laws and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment each. He also imposed a fine of Rs500,000 each and declared their nikah null and void.

This is the third case in which Imran Khan has been convicted. He is already facing 10 years imprisonment in the Toshakhana case, in which he was accused of receiving luxury vehicles and gifts from foreign dignitaries as the prime minister. He is also serving a fourteen-year sentence in the cipher case, in which he was charged with leaking sensitive information to foreign agencies. He has appealed against both convictions in the Islamabad High Court.

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