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PTI to appeal 'shameless' verdict in Imran-Bushra un-Islamic nikah case

By News Desk

February 3, 2024 07:45 PM


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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Saturday announced moving the high court against the trial court's verdict that sentenced its founder Imran Khan and wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in the "un-Islamic nikah" case at the Adiala jail.

The verdict, which also provisions an Rs500,000 fine each for both the accused, was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah today in response to the petition filed by Bushra's ex-husband Khawar Maneka against what he refers to as an un-Islamic and illegal nikah with the former prime minister.

Maneka, in his petition, had termed Bushra and Khan’s nikkah “fraudulent” contending that the marriage was solemnised during her iddat — following her divorce with him.

Speaking to the media outside Adiala jail today, Khan's lawyer, Barrister Gohar, said that "shameless, scandalous and unethical allegations" have been made for political motives.

"This is a case that has no basis whatsoever, but in fact, was simply filed on the behest of Aun Chaudhry — a former close aid of Khan and one of the key witnesses in the said case. The cleric [who solemnised the nikah] has himself admitted that [Aun] Chaudhry ‘picked him up’," Gohar said.

In response to a question regarding the legal grounds for today’s sentence, Khan’s counsel revealed that the judge maintained that the defence’s reliance on the Supreme Court verdict regarding the 39-day iddat is a “general precedent” and is not applicable in this case.

He said that the court relied on the second function, held for family and children to take them into confidence, as the "valid nikah" instead of the actual nikah that was solemnised before that.

"The judge considered the second function as the actual nikah and not the first," he noted.

“All of this is being done in violation of the constitution for political motives and character assassination of Khan sahib. We will move the high court against today’s verdict. We are hopeful for justice if these cases are presented before a free and fair tribunal,” he added while calling on the judiciary to uphold their oath and protect our fundamental rights by ensuring principles of justice.

Conveying the PTI’s founder message for his voters, the lawyer said that the former premier has called on his supporters to remain peaceful and persevere in these tough times. “Even if I have to spend a thousand years here [in jail], I would not make any deal,” Gohar said quoting Khan.

Meanwhile, in response to the unfavourable trial court verdict, the PTI issued an official statement via its spokesperson, which mentioned the ruling as "extremely shameful" and "against Shariah".

"The verdict is a serious and vile attack on the book of Allah, Constitution and matrimonial and family laws," the spokesperson said, adding that the ruling came as an embarrassment for the entire justice system.

The statement further stated that it was an attempt to advance the "nefarious agenda" aimed at political revenge.

People will avenge every injustice with the help of their votes on February 8, they added.

Bushra's lawyer Usman Gill also announced to challenge the verdict, terming it "against the law and facts".

He said that only family courts have the jurisdiction over nullifying a nikah as per the country's laws. "No criminal court can void or verify a nikah," he said.


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