July 22, 2024

Bushra Bibi jailed at husband Imran Khan’s Islamabad house after graft conviction

ISLAMABAD: Bushra Bibi, the spouse of former prime minister Imran Khan, was positioned underneath home arrest at her husband’s sprawling Islamabad mansion on Wednesday, in line with a notification by the capital metropolis’s chief commissioner, after she and her husband had been convicted of graft allegations.

Khan and his spouse had been sentenced to 14 years in jail in a case that pertains to accusations the ex-premier undervalued presents from a state repository and gained earnings from promoting them whereas he held the nation’s prime workplace. 

“The Chief Commissioner, Islamabad Capital Territory is happy to declare the residence of convict Mst. Bushra Bibi (Residential Compound, Khan Home Banigala, Mohra Noor, Islamabad) as Sub-Jail, as on 31-01-2024, until additional orders,” the notification stated. 

Khan, 71, has usually referred to as Bushra his religious chief and he or she is understood for her devotion to Sufism, a mystical type of Islam.

Born Bushra Riaz Watto, she modified her identify to Khan after her marriage. Her husband and followers generally check with her as Bushra Bibi or Bushra Begum, titles that in Urdu denote respect.

She has saved a low profile since her marriage to Khan, a former cricket hero who has been within the public eye for many years.

Under are some information about Bushra:


Bushra, who’s in her late 40s, hails from a household of landowners in Punjab. Little is understood about her formative years. Her first marriage, which lasted about 30 years, was to Khawar Farid Maneka, a customs officer from a politically influential Punjab household.

After their divorce in 2018 he was quoted by Pakistani media as saying: “I need to clearly state about my former spouse, Bushra Bibi, that I’ve not seen a lady as pious as her on the earth.”

Bushra and Maneka have 5 kids.


Each Bushra and ex-husband Maneka are devotees of Fariduddin Masud Ganjshakar, or Baba Farid, a revered Muslim mystic and Sufi saint whose shrine is positioned in Maneka’s hometown of Pakpattan in Punjab.

Pakistanis who admire Bushra’s devotion to the saint name her a religious chief whereas Khan’s opponents accuse her of working towards sorcery, a declare Khan’s aides have repeatedly denied.

In a uncommon interview, Bushra informed native HUM information community in 2018 that “individuals would come to see me to get nearer to God and the Prophet.”

It was not clear when or how Khan met Bushra, however former aide Aun Chaudhry stated Khan was very impressed along with her spirituality.

Khan, who had acquired a playboy picture within the Nineteen Nineties as his cricket profession took off, has beforehand stated he was keenly interested by Sufism.

Khan and Bushra married in 2018, seven months earlier than he was elected prime minister, in a secret ceremony. The wedding was Khan’s third after Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of enterprise tycoon James Goldsmith, and TV journalist Reham Nayyar Khan. 

Each these marriages led to divorce.


A couple of months earlier than Khan was elected prime minister, native media carried photographs of the couple prostrating on the Baba Farid shrine. Within the HUM interview, Bushra stated:

“Each second of Khan sahib’s life is now devoted to God, the Prophet and the love for Baba Farid.”

Bushra, who’s at all times seen in public sporting a veil and a burqa that exhibits solely her eyes, didn’t accompany her husband on any official abroad journeys throughout his time in workplace apart from visits to Saudi Arabia, the place they had been filmed on the holy Muslim cities of Makkah and Madinah.


Members of Khan’s get together, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, have stated Bushra impressed Khan to arrange Al-Qadir Belief, a non-governmental welfare group that runs a college exterior Islamabad dedicated to spirituality and Islamic teachings.

The belief is a part of one other set of corruption prices levied towards the couple. Whereas prime minister, Khan promoted the belief at official occasions, and the couple are the only trustees, in line with Legislation Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar.

Khan’s get together spokesman Farrukh Habib had informed Reuters that the couple draw no monetary profit from the belief. 

With extra enter from Reuters