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Imran Khan and Wife Sentenced to Seven Years Over Illegal Marriage

In a contentious ruling that has added fuel to the political firestorm surrounding former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a Pakistani court has handed down a seven-year jail sentence to both Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, over the legality of their marriage. The court deemed their 2018 union un-Islamic and in violation of Muslim family law, marking yet another legal setback for Khan, who is already serving sentences for corruption and leaking state secrets.

The case, heard within the confines of Adiala Jail where Khan is detained, was initiated by Bibi’s former husband. He challenged the legality of Bibi’s remarriage to Khan, arguing that it contravened Islamic laws that mandate a waiting period for women before they can remarry after a divorce or the death of a spouse. The court’s verdict not only imposes a significant prison term but also levies a fine against the couple.

Bushra Bibi, known for her spiritual healing practices and modest public appearance, became Khan’s third wife shortly before his electoral victory in 2018. Khan, whose personal life and marriages have been subject to public scrutiny, finds himself in a legal quagmire that his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), condemns as politically motivated.

This latest legal development casts a shadow over the upcoming general election, with Khan’s PTI significantly handicapped by legal challenges and the imprisonment of its key figures. Critics argue that the string of cases against Khan undermines the electoral process’s credibility, suggesting a concerted effort to sideline the former cricket star turned politician.

As Pakistan gears up for the polls, the political drama surrounding Khan continues to unfold, raising questions about fairness, justice, and the future of democracy in the country.

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