The Islamabad District and Sessions Court dismissed a case seeking legal action against former Prime Minister Imran Khan for marrying Bushra Bibi while she was reportedly on Iddat, a waiting period after the dissolution of a woman’s marriage. The court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction over the matter since the alleged nikah took place in Lahore.
The petitioner's lawyer argued that marrying during Iddat was unlawful and questioned the legality of the marriage, stating that Bushra Bibi was still in Iddat when the marriage allegedly occurred. However, the court maintained that since the nikah took place in Lahore, the case fell outside its jurisdiction.
The lawyer contended that the alleged fraud wedding began in Bani Gala, Islamabad, and then the nikah took place in Lahore. He argued that Imran and Bushra had to stay within the limits of Islamabad due to the "fraud wedding" and that even the prayer leader was brought from Islamabad to perform the nikah.
However, the court upheld its decision, stating that the jurisdiction for any potential offense would be in Lahore, where the nikah was allegedly solemnized.
Imran Khan's marriage to Bushra Bibi took place in February 2018 in Lahore, with the nikah performed by Mufti Saeed. The ceremony was described as low-profile, with only close relatives and friends in attendance.
Imran Khan has been married twice before, first to Jemima Goldsmith in 1995, and then to Reham Khan in 2015, with both marriages ending in divorce.
(With Agency Inputs)