January 08, 2018

Imran had no role in divorce, says ex-husband

KARACHI: Khawar Maneka, the former husband of Bushra Maneka, has said that he has not seen a woman as pious as his ex-wife or a man as respectable as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, according to a Geo News report.

"I want to clearly state about my former wife, Bushra Bibi, that I have not seen a woman as pious as her in the world,” said Khawar Fareed Maneka in a video message.

“We consider Imran Khan a disciple of our spiritual house. It hurts me to hear such things about him because I have not seen a man as respectable as him. May Allah give him health and respect and ensure his well-being," he said about the PTI chairman.

Earlier, in a conversation with Geo News correspondent Zahid Gishkori, Khawar Maneka said that he had divorced his ex-wife himself and that she had not demanded 'Khula' (separation) from him.

He said that he had spent 30 years of marriage living happily with Bushra, but there were some problems during the past three years that became the reasons for their divorce. When asked further, he told Zahid Gishkori that there were some matters between the couple that were not allowing them to properly perform certain ‘spiritual obligations’, after which he took the decision to divorce Bushra.

In response to further queries, he said that he divorced Bushra Bibi around three months ago. He said that his former wife was now residing with her mother in Lahore. When asked if Imran was the reason for this divorce, he clarified, "No! Imran is not the reason for the divorce. There were some things related to spirituality between me and my ex-wife that led us to the decision to end the marriage."

Meanwhile, speaking in the Geo News show Lekin, Bushra Bibi’s son, Mohammad Musa Manika, denied the reports of his mother’s marriage with the PTI chief. Musa said: “Except for the prayers rug and a burqa, nobody has ever seen my mother. She is always seen reciting Allah’s name and verses and he doesn’t know why people are spreading such rumours.”

Musa said he had spoken to his mother who also denied solemnising marriage with Imran. When asked about an event arranged in Defence Sector Y of Lahore, Musa denied the reports, saying his mother was not present at any such gathering. Musa disclosed that his parents were separated following Umar Cheema's claims pertaining to the matter on the show.


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