Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister, is imprisoned for having an illicit marriage

In the most recent ruling against the former prime minister, a Pakistani court sentenced Imran Khan and his spouse to seven years in prison following the annulment of their marriage. The court declared that Khan’s 2018 union with faith healer Bushra Bibi was unlawful and against Islamic law. Due to corruption, he is already incarcerated. One week prior to the general election, on Wednesday, the two were found guilty of taking advantage of gifts from the state. The 71-year-old Khan claims that the multiple cases against him are driven by politics. In 2022, Pakistan’s former cricket captain turned politician was removed from office.


For the most recent case, a courtroom was established within the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where Khan is now serving his previous terms. Bibi’s ex-husband filed the complaint, claiming that her marriage to Khan was a sham. Muslim family law states that once a woman’s husband passes away or is divorced, she cannot get married again for a few months. The court determined that Bibi had remarried before the period of time after her divorce had ended. The court fined Khan and Bibi 500,000 rupees ($1,800; £1,420) in addition to the seven-year prison term. 2018 saw the couple get married, just before Khan was chosen to be prime minister. Khan’s third wife is Bibi, a spiritual healer who is thought to be in her 40s and who constantly covers up in public.


Before settling down to a society marriage with Jemima Goldsmith in 1995, Khan had a reputation as a playboy during his cricketing career. After nine years of marriage, the couple had two kids. In 2015, a second marriage to Reham Khan, a former BBC weather presenter and journalist, ended in less than a year. Khan received his third prison sentence in less than a week on Saturday. He was sentenced to ten years in prison on Tuesday for disclosing secret information. The allegations that he and his spouse had either kept or sold official gifts while in government, including jewelry from the Saudi Crown Prince, were the main focus of the court proceedings on Wednesday. In one instance, both received 14-year sentences. Bushra Bibi was permitted to serve hers under house arrest, the judge decided.

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