Khawar Farid Maneka, the former husband of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s wife, Bushra Bibi, found himself in legal trouble on Monday as he was arrested by the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on charges of illegal construction in Lahore.
An ACE spokesperson confirmed the arrest, revealing that Maneka was apprehended for constructing a marriage hall on cemetery land without the required permits. The arrest came following a complaint filed against Maneka by the deputy commissioner, prompting an ongoing inquiry into the matter.
Reports suggest that Khawar Maneka was taken into custody at the airport as he attempted to leave the country. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) disclosed that he had been placed on the exit control list (ECL), preventing him from traveling to Dubai via a private airline from Lahore airport. Subsequently, Maneka was handed over to the ACE team.
Khawar Maneka, a senior customs official, shares three daughters and two sons with his former spouse, Bushra Bibi. Bushra, who hails from a family of landowners in Punjab, has a mysterious early life that remains largely undisclosed.
Bushra’s first marriage lasted for approximately 30 years and was with Maneka, who comes from a politically influential family in Punjab.
The arrest of Khawar Maneka has stirred public interest due to his past association with a prominent political figure and the charges of illegal construction. As the legal proceedings unfold, many will be keen to see how this case develops and what implications it may have on the individuals involved.