Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi sentenced 7 years of imprisonment in Illegal Nikah Case

RAWALPINDI: The trial court has handed over seven-year sentence each to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the “un-Islamic nikah” case at the Adiala jail today.
The verdict was pronounced by Senior Civil Judge Qudratullah today, a day after the hearing of the case was conducted inside the jail premises for 14 hours a day earlier.
The judge issued the court’s verdict in the case pertaining to the plea filed by Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka against what he refers to as an un-Islamic and illegal nikah with the former prime minister.
So far, cross-examination of the statements given by the four witnesses in the case has been completed. The statements of Khan and Bushra under section 342 have also been recorded.
Bushra Bibi, who has been placed at the Banigala following its status declared as a sub jail, will be brought to Adiala for the final hearing. The verdict will be announced in the presence of the PTI founder, Bushra Bibi and their lawyers.
The complainant’s counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi, Khan’s lawyer Salman Akram Raja and Bushra Bibi’s lawyer Usman Gul also gave their final arguments a day earlier.
Bushra Bibi’s first husband, Khawar Maneka, filed the lawsuit, claiming that Bushra had disregarded the Islamic custom of keeping the required gap between marriages, or Iddat. Maneka also charged Khan and his ex-wife of having an extramarital affair before to their marriage.
The hearing was held in Adiala Jail, under the direction of Senior Civil Judge Qudratullah of Islamabad.It has concluded the four prosecution witnesses’ cross-examination: Maneka, Aun Chaudhry, Nikah Khawan Mufti Saeed, and Maneka’s employee Latif. Advocates Salman Akram Raja for Khan and Osman Riaz Gul for Bushra led the defense team.