The cleric who performed the Nikah ceremony for Imran Khan and his third wife, Bushra Bibi, testified before a court in Islamabad on Wednesday. Mufti Mohammad Saeed confirmed that the couple had married during Bibi’s Iddat period, which is a 130-day waiting period for women after the dissolution of their marriage. The hearing was part of a petition seeking legal action against Khan for marrying Bibi while she was reportedly still in Iddat.
During the testimony, Mufti Saeed revealed that he had close ties with Khan and was a part of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) core committee. Khan had asked him to solemnize his Nikah with Bushra Bibi in Lahore on January 1, 2018, and both sides provided details before the Nikah was performed. The cleric said he also inquired about Bibi’s first marriage and divorce.
However, the former Prime Minister contacted Mufti Saeed in February 2018 with a request to perform the Nikah again, as the first ceremony was against Shariah principles. According to Mufti Saeed, Khan believed that he would become the Prime Minister if he married Bushra Bibi on New Year’s Day in 2018. The cleric alleged that the couple had deliberately entered into an “illegal and un-Islamic” union for the sake of a mere prediction.
Khan’s friends, Zulfi Bukhari and Aon Chaudhry, had acted as witnesses to the Nikah. The couple got married in February 2018, and Bibi became Khan’s third wife. The hearing is ongoing, and the court will decide on the petition seeking legal action against Khan.