Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has finally broken his silence on the recent marriage controversy that has engulfed the nation.
Criticizing the “malicious campaign” on reports of his “third marriage’ with a lady whom he sought spiritual guidance, the Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician wrote on his Twitter: “For 3 days I have been wondering have I looted a bank; or money laundered bns in nation’s wealth; or ordered a model-town-like killing spree; or revealed state secrets to India? I have done none of these but discovered I have committed a bigger crime: wanting to get married.”
Khan, 65, said the family of Bushra is ‘very conservative’ and that he was more concerned about his children and the Maneka family, all of whom he said had been subjected to ‘this malicious campaign by NS & MSR’.
The PTI Chairman said despite knowing ‘sordid personal lives’ of Sharif for the last 40 years, he would never stoop to the level of exposing those details.
Concluding his message, Khan requested his supporters and well-wishers to pray that he finds “personal happiness” which, “except for a few years”, he has been deprived of.
“All I ask of my well wishers and supporters is that they pray I find personal happiness which, except for a few years, I have been deprived of.”
The PTI chief rang in the new year allegedly marrying Bushra Maneka— daughter-in-law of Ghulam Muhammad Maneka—on the night of January 1 in Lahore, several media outlets reported, and ‘came straight from there the next day to appear before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad that granted him bail.’
Mufti Saeed, a member of PTI core committee, allegedly read the nikkah of the couple. Reports said Saeed was also the nikkah khawan when Imran Khan publicly entered into marriage with Reham Khan on January 8, 2015.
PTI rebutted reports of Imran Khan’s third marriage but did say that the PTI leader has ‘sent a proposal’ to Bushra Maneka.