Did Imran Khan cause Manekas’ divorce? Conflicting claims emerge in Pakistani media

  • Khawar Fareed Maneka rejects a private TV channel’s claims of stirring disturbance in their 30-year-old marriage
  • Praises ex-wife, Bushra Maneka, and PTI chief Imran Khan in a video message
Pakistan

LAHORE – Rumours are rife that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has married again – this time his spiritual healer from Punjab’s Pakpattan district.

However, the only thing appears to be coming true in the reports of Khan’s third marriage is that a certain section in Pakistani media is fabricating the facts to validate its claims regarding the Maneka family and the PTI chief.

Geo News, a sister TV channel of Mir Shakilur Rehman-owned The News which ‘broke’ the alleged marriage news, claimed on Saturday the former husband of Bushra Maneka, who is rumoured to be Imran Khan’s third wife, has alleged that his married life was disturbed soon after the PTI chairman became her disciple.

“Our thirty-year long happy domestic life was disturbed after Imran became a spiritual disciple of my former wife,” the private TV channel quoted Khawar Fareed Maneka as saying.

Geo News deletes story claiming Imran Khan caused Maneka’s divorce

However, within less than an hour, the news channel deleted all the tweets about Mr Maneka making such a claim.

The private TV channel also cited Mr Maneka setting the record straight about his separation from his ex-wife. “There is no truth to the rumours of Bushra obtaining khula (a form of divorce initiated by the wife) from me,” Mr Maneka said, according to the Geo News.

Maneka also “clarified that he granted a divorce to his then-wife three months ago”, the channel claimed. “Imran proposed her as soon as her iddat (waiting) period was over.”

‘Third marriage’: Who is Bushra Maneka and where did she first meet Imran Khan?

On the other hand, different TV channels including Neo TV and ARY News presented a totally different picture, with Mr Khawar Maneka categorically denying all the rumours attributed to his family and Imran Khan.

Moreover, in a video making rounds on social media, Mr Maneka is seen praising his former wife, in most suitable words, and also the PTI chief for whom he was all prayers.

Khawar, a son of former federal minister Ghulam Farid Maneka, also took notice of Geo’s baseless claims and warned of legal action if the controversy continues.

Meanwhile, Khawar-Bushra’s son Musa Maneka also put the rumours of his mother’s second marriage to rest. He, however, confirmed his parents have separated.

It all started after a report by The News claimed that Imran had secretly married his faith healer on January 1.

Earlier in the day, Khan’s party rebutted reports of Imran’s third marriage but said he has proposed marriage to a woman named Bushra Maneka. “To set the record straight, Mr Khan proposed marriage to Ms Bushra Maneka; but Ms Maneka asked for time to make a final decision after consulting her family, including her children,” the PTI said in a communiqué shared on Twitter.

“If and when the proposal is accepted by Ms Maneka for the marriage, Mr Khan will announce it publicly in the proper manner. Till then we request the media to give the two families, especially the children, their privacy,” the statement added.

The party also decided to take legal action against Geo News and its owner, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman.