Imran not responsible for divorce with Bushra Maneka, ex-husband denies reports


LAHORE Jan 09 (TNS): Former husband of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s spiritual leader Bushra Maneka, Khawar Fareed Maneka has categorically denied the statement associated with him and reported by a private television channel and said that Khan was not responsible for the split up between the two.

In an interview, Khawar Fareed Maneka said that he has not seen a more pious woman than his ex-wife and false reportage concerning the family has pushed the members in extreme distress.

Customs officer Maneka said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is the noblest person he has met and he did not cause any damage to his relationship with his ex-wife.

He warned the private telly channel of pursuing all possible legal actions in case false reportage was not put an end to. Khan considers the Maneka household his spiritual home, he added.

Separately, son of Bushra Maneka has chastised the private telly channel for alleged bogus reportage concerning his mother who he said never stepped out of her house without veil.

Denial of Bushra Maneka’s former husband and son has come in after a statement, associated with Khawar Fareed Maneka was broadcast earlier on Sunday according to which Imran Khan caused his split up with Bushra Maneka. It was reported that he divorced Bushra Maneka over the issue.

A clarification was released by PTI after a report carried by the same media group claimed that PTI chief and Bushra Maneka had married.

A journalist with the media group filed the story claiming that Khan was married for the third time and it was Maneka this time, a report that Musa Maneka branded a conspiracy of the telly channel.

PTI clarified that the report was completely false and Khan had proposed marriage to Maneka however, she sought time to take her five children and family in confidence.

“To set the record straight, Mr Khan proposed marriage to Ms Bushra Maneka; but Ms Maneka asked for time to make a final decision after consulting her family, including her children,” PTI’s clarification read.

It further read: “It is indeed sad to see this extremely private and sensitive matter be made the subject of an erroneous story leading to all manner of public conjecture.”

It reads, “If and when the proposal is accepted by Ms Maneka for the marriage, Mr Khan will announce it publicly in the proper manner. Till then we request the media to give the two families, especially the children, their privacy.”

Reportedly, PTI chief Imran Khan holds Maneka family in his highest regards and considers Bushra and her former husband, two of his spiritual leaders.

Khan is said to have first met Bushra Maneka in 2015 at a time when PTI was electioneering for NA-154 constituency by-election in Lodhran.

Khawar Fareed Maneka and Bushra Maneka separated with each other some three months ago in what the former has claimed was a reason private to the family and not needed to be clarified.

Bushra Maneka, who PTI chief Imran Khan has proposed to be his wife after his divorces with Jemima Goldsmith and Reham Khan, has five children with the first husband.

Musa Menaka and Ibrahim Maneka, her two sons, graduated at Aitchison College in 2013 and pursued higher studies in varsities abroad while her eldest daughter Mehru Maneka is the daughter-in-law of son of Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Atta Maneka.