LHC rejects plea seeking record of Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi marriage

LHC Imran Bushra

LAHORE: In a ruling on Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed a petition seeking access to the records of former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan marriage with Bushra Bibi.

According to a news report by the Express Tribune, the LHC deemed the plea as non-maintainable. The petitioner, Muhammad Afaq, had urged the court to compel relevant authorities to disclose documents related to Bushra’s nikkah with Imran and the divorce proceedings involving her ex-husband Khawar Maneka.

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Presiding over the case, Justice Ali Baqar Najafi asserted that divorce and ‘iddat’ are matters subject to objections from family members. Addressing the petitioner, Justice Najafi questioned how he acquired information about Bushra’s iddat, to which Afaq responded, citing media reports.

The judge cast doubt on the accuracy of the petitioner’s understanding of the news and queried the grounds for challenging the marriage, emphasising that Afaq lacked familial ties.

The petitioner had expressed reservations about the authority responsible for issuing the divorce certificate and sought verification from the local union council in the filed petition.

It is notable that yesterday, LHC Justice Asim Hafeez had overruled an objection of the registrar office on the same petition. After hearing the the petition as an objection case, the judge overruled the objection and directed the office to formally fix hearing of the petition.

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