A district and sessions court in Islamabad has dismissed the plea against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s Nikah with Bushra Bibi, stating that it was “inadmissible” as it was beyond the court’s jurisdiction.
The application pertained to the case of Nikah during iddat, which is the waiting period observed by Muslim women after divorce or the death of their spouse.
Senior Civil Judge Nasrum Minallah gave the reserved decision on the case during a hearing held on Saturday, May 22nd, 2023.
The petitioner’s counsel, Raja Rizwan Abbasi, asserted that Khan’s marriage to Bushra Bibi during iddat was “illegal.” However, the judge questioned the jurisdiction of the court and asked why the petitioner did not approach the relevant court for seeking justice.
The petitioner’s lawyer argued that the fraudulence started from Bani Gala, Islamabad, and the Nikkah officiator was also taken from Islamabad. Furthermore, the lawyer claimed that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s Nikkah was again officiated in February 2018.
‘Imran’s third marriage based on fraud’
A week earlier, former PTI leader Aun Chaudhry had claimed that Imran’s third marriage and wedding with Bushra Bibi was based on fraud. He also alleged that Imran divorced his second wife, Reham Khan, via email on Bushra Bibi’s advice.
Chaudhry further claimed that Bushra had told Imran that he would become the prime minister if he married her and that Imran knew that Bushra Bibi’s iddat had not ended. However, they still got married. Chaudhry also spoke about arranging Khan’s wedding ceremony on his request.
This verdict comes as a relief for Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi, who had been under undue scrutiny and criticism for the past few weeks over the allegations leveled against them concerning their Nikah.