Imran and Bushra Bibi Convicted and Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail for Iddat Case in Pakistan

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Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been sentenced to seven years in jail each in a case related to Bushra’s marriage during her Iddat period. They have also been fined Rs500,000 each. The charges were framed by Judge Qudratullah, and the couple can appeal the verdict in the high court. The IHC initially stopped the proceedings against the couple but later refused to quash the case. Imran vehemently denied rumors of a deal resulting in the Banigala residence being declared a “sub-jail” for Bushra. Imran also said that the case was created to “humiliate and disgrace” him and his spouse.

The charges against the couple were filed by Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Farid Maneka, who accused them of having illicit relations before marriage and contracting nikah during the iddat period. Imran and Bushra’s defense counsel had concluded the cross-examination of the witnesses but the verdict was reserved after recording their statements. Imran confirmed that backchannel contacts with the establishment had been made, but he refused to strike a deal.

Imran said that attempts to create a narrative against his dream of establishing Pakistan on the principles of Riasat-i Madinah and said he would choose death over making a deal with anyone. The PTI plans to challenge the Iddat case verdict in the high court and expressed hope for justice. The Maneka’s case alleges that Imran Khan intruded on their marital affair under the guise of peeri mureedi. He claimed that harsh words were exchanged between the couple over his ex-wife’s conduct, and that contact between his ex-wife and Imran continued even after their divorce.

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