Former World Cup winning captain and Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday said that he has proposed marriage to a woman believed to be a faith healer but denied reports that he had secretly wed her.
The cricketer-turned politician's spokesman in a statement said that he had proposed marriage to Bushra Maneka, who has "asked for time to make a final decision after consulting her family, including her children".
"It is indeed sad to see this extremely private and sensitive matter be made the subject of erroneous story leading to all manner of public conjecture," the notification said, adding that it was "regrettable" that story was reported as it involves "a very private lady who is not in public life."
"This has put an acceptable burden especially on the children of Maneka and Mr Khan who have had to learn of such a private and intimate issue from media," he said.
"If and when the proposal is accepted by 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," he added.
India Today accesses first images of Imran Khan's 3rd wife pic.twitter.com/MLnuyjUPV7— IndiaTodayFLASH (@IndiaTodayFLASH) January 6, 2018
Khan, 66, however, denied the media reports that he had already contracted marriage with Ms Maneka, a day after a Pakistani daily reported that he married her on January 1 in Lahore.
Maneka, who is in her 40s, was earlier married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad.
On Saturday, The News reported that the PTI chairman started 2018 by tying the knot on the night of January 1 in Lahore and next day went straight from there to appear before the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad that granted him bail.
The nikah was performed by Mufti Saeed, a member of PTI core committee, who was also the nikah khawan when Imran publicly entered into marriage with Reham Khan on January 8, 2015 amid reports of secret nikah in November 2014.
Khan came in touch with Maneka for spiritual guidance, a couple of years ago that eventually culminated in the marriage. This would be Imran's third marriage.
He had first tied the knot with Jemima Khan on May 16, 1995 that ended in divorce after nine years on June 22, 2004.
His second marriage was with Reham, then a TV anchor, which continued barely 10 months. Although that marriage was publicly announced on January 8, 2015, there were reports that a nikah had also taken place in early November 2014.
This is what @MaryamNSharif commented when I asked her about news of third marriage of @ImranKhanPTI— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) January 7, 2018
Commendable - thats how leaders must respond to eachothers private life.
Similar grace as was shown by @BBhuttoZardari ystrdy on similar Q - new breed of leaders cn b new hope pic.twitter.com/V5LuUHEygj
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