Vastavam web: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time with his ‘spiritual guide’, his party has confirmed, ending weeks of speculation.Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said the 65-year old party chief married Bushra Maneka, a “respected Pir” (faith healer) in Pakpattan, in a simple ceremony in Lahore yesterday.The ceremony was held at the residence of Bushra’s brother and PTI Central Executive Committee member Mufti Muhammad Saeed performed the ‘nikah’, he said in a late night tweet.
Bushra, also known as ‘Pinky Pir’, is in her late 40s and has five children from her first marriage. Earlier, she was married to a senior customs official in Islamabad but parted ways in recent times.She is a resident of Pakpatan district, some 250 km from Lahore, which is known for the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar.Khan has previously referred to Bushra as his “spiritual adviser” and someone whose guidance he valued.Khan’s previous two marriages ended in divorce. His first marriage was with Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire, in 1995, which lasted nine years. Khan has two sons from her.
His second marriage with TV anchor Reham Khan in 2015 ended after a brief 10 months.Rumours about Khan’s third marriage started circulating in January.A source in the party said Khan was under immense pressure from the party to disclose his third marriage after a humiliating defeat in Punjab’s Lodhran district last week.”The PTI leadership was of the view that strong rumours about his third marriage had played a role in the defeat of the party’s strong man Jahangir Tareen’s son at the hands of a candidate of ruling PML-N,” he said.”He got closer to her when some of political predictions she made about his party came true. Later, both developed some intimacy and finally Bushra took divorce from her husband and contracted marriage with Imran early last month,” the sources said.