Imran, Bushra Bibi sentenced to seven years in jail in illegal nikah case
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were sentenced to seven years in prison in the illegal nihah case on Saturday.
Civil Judge Qudratullah pronounced the sentence in the case, imposing a fine of Rs500,000 each on Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.
A day earlier, the hearing of the case was conducted inside the jail premises for 14 hours a day. Civil judge Qudratullah had reserved its decision after the arguments were completed yesterday.
The court issued the verdict in the case pertaining to the plea filed by Khawar Maneka, Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband, against what he refers to as an un-Islamic and illegal nikah with the former prime minister.
Four witnesses in the case got their statements recorded, which were later cross-examined during the proceedings. Also Khan and Bushra Bibi recorded their statements under section 342.
Bushra Bibi was presented before the court during the proceedings at Adiala jail. Imran, who remains incarcerated at the facility, and the couple’s lawyers were also present at the time of the verdict announcement. She was later placed under house arrest at her residence in Banigala following its status declared as a sub-jail.
The court maintained that the record has proved that both the accused were in relation before the 2018 “fraudulent” nikah.
The court added recalled Maneka’s statement on oath wherein he had alleged that the PTI founder and the former first lady used to have hours-long meetings during the sit-in. The court remarked that the statement of the accused proved that they used to visit each others’ houses.
Meanwhile, the defence’s relied on the apex court judgment regarding the 39-day iddat period but the court underscored that the apex court’s ruling does not mean that every iddat is bound by the said precedent.