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Pakistan court docket finds former PM Imran Khan’s marriage unlawful

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Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan, proper, along with his spouse Bushra Bibi.
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A Pakistan court docket on February 3 dominated former prime minister Imran Khan’s marriage to his third spouse unlawful beneath Islamic regulation and sentenced the pair to seven years every in jail, his occasion mentioned.

It is the third verdict in every week to assault the previous worldwide cricket star’s popularity, after he was given concurrent jail sentences of 10 years for leaking state secrets and techniques and 14 years for graft alongside his spouse Bushra Bibi.

Khan, who was booted from workplace by a vote of no confidence in April 2022, insists almost 200 offences he has since been charged with have been fabricated by the military-led institution to cease him from contesting elections on February 8.

The newest conviction centres on an Islamic regulation generally known as “iddat”, which dictates {that a} widowed or divorced girl should wait three months earlier than remarrying, to depart little question about who the daddy is within the occasion of a being pregnant.

“A court has declared the marriage of former prime minister Imran Khan & Busra Bibi illegal with 7 years imprisonment each,” his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion mentioned in a press release.

“This shameful case is illogical. All of this is happening for political goals,” mentioned Khan’s lawyer Gohar Ali Khan, including that the conviction and jail phrases could be challenged in court docket.

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Khan has been imprisoned in Rawalpindi for months, whereas Bibi surrendered this week and is being held at her house, declared a “sub-jail”, on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad.

“The charges of corruption and now these ones are an attempt to raise moral questions on his character,” lawyer Sabahat Rizvi, who was not concerned within the case, instructed AFP Saturday.

“They are targeting him because they could not diminish his aura.”

‘Attempt to question his character’

Mr. Khan rose to energy in 2018 with the backing of the army, however has been sidelined after shedding their favour and waging a marketing campaign of defiance towards them.

The PTI has been severely hamstrung forward of the vote, with scores of leaders jailed, supporters barred from holding rallies, and the occasion stripped of its talisman cricket bat image.

Few journalists have been given entry to the court docket, however The Nation mentioned Saturday the couple insisted that they had waited the correct time earlier than marrying.

The grievance towards the wedding was raised in November final 12 months by Khawar Maneka, Bibi’s ex-husband.

“The divorce deed presented by Khawar Maneka is a fabricated document,” The Nation newspaper reported Bibi as saying in a press release Friday to a particular court docket session at Adiala jail, the place Khan is being held.

“Khawar Maneka gave me a triple divorce in April 2017,” it quoted Bibi’s assertion as saying.

“Imran Khan and I solemnised our marriage on January 1, 2018.”

The newspaper mentioned the couple questioned why Maneka had waited so lengthy to make his grievance, arguing he solely raised the difficulty final 12 months after being detained in a graft case.

Oxford-educated Khan earned a popularity as a playboy throughout his cricket-playing bachelor days, often photographed alongside society beauties and fashions.

His first marriage to Jemima Goldsmith — the daughter of a British multimillionaire — led to divorce.

He then married Reham Nayyar, a tv journalist who printed a kiss-and-tell memoir after they divorced inside a 12 months.

Bibi, his third spouse, hardly ever seems in public and wears a face-covering hijab when she does.

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