The challenges facing Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi show no signs of abating. Recently, a trial court in Rawalpindi sentenced the former Pakistan Premier, Imran Khan, and his wife, Bushra Bibi, to seven years in prison for their “un-Islamic” marriage in the so-called ‘Iddat case’.
Senior Civil Judge Qudratullah imposed sentences on Imran Khan, aged 71, and his wife, Bushra Bibi, aged 49, while also levying fines of Rs 5,00,000 on each of them at the Adiala Jail premises in Rawalpindi. In response, Khan’s PTI party announced plans to contest the sentencing and conviction of the former Pakistani Prime Minister and his wife in the high court.
What is Iddat?
Iddat, also known as Iddah, stands as a compulsory practice within Muslim personal law, obligating every married Muslim woman to adhere to it. Essentially, Iddat signifies a waiting period or period of chastity that a married Muslim woman must observe following the termination of her marriage, whether due to her husband’s death or divorce.
Only after completing the aforementioned waiting period is she permitted to enter into a new marriage. In essence, her second marriage, should she choose to pursue it, is recognized as lawful only upon the successful completion of the subsequent waiting or chastity period.
How is Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi Marriage Un-Islamic?
Bushra Bibi’s first husband, Khawar Maneka, filed a lawsuit against his former partner, alleging her non-compliance with Islamic law regarding the mandatory waiting period, known as ‘Iddat,’ between marriages. This legal matter garnered the moniker “Iddat case” in the Pakistani media.
Moreover, Maneka accused his former wife and Imran Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, of engaging in an extramarital relationship before their marriage, a crime punishable by stoning to death. However, neither Imran Khan nor Bushra Bibi has issued any statements regarding these allegations.
Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi Marriage FAQs
A. Imran Khan is married to Bushra Bibi.
A. Bushra Bibi is 49 years old.
A. Imran Khan is 71 years old.
A. Bushra Bibi’s first husband was Khawar Maneka.
A. Bushra Bibi’s first husband, Khawar Maneka, filed a lawsuit against his former partner, alleging her non-compliance with Islamic law regarding the mandatory waiting period.