ISLAMABAD: A District and Sessions court in Islamabad on Thursday accepted the request to record the statement of Awn Chaudhry in the case of Imran Khan’s alleged illegal marriage with Bushra Bibi.
Civil Judge Nasir Minallah granted permission to record Awn Chaudhry’s statement. Awn Chaudhry would record his statement in court at the next hearing.
Awn Chaudhary was close friend of PTI Chief Imran Khan but later he parted the ways and became the part of the dissident group.
It is worth noting that on April 27, the District and Sessions Court in Islamabad had reserved its verdict on a plea about recording the statement of Awn Chaudhry’s to record his statement in the case against Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, regarding their alleged illegal marriage.
The case was filed by a woman named Shamim Akhtar, who claims to be Imran Khan’s wife. Shamim Akhtar has accused Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi of illegally marrying while Imran Khan was still married to her.
Awn Chaudhry’s statement could potentially provide new evidence in the case. However, it remains to be seen what his statement will reveal and how it will impact the ongoing legal proceedings.
The development took place around 23 days after Mufti Muhammad Saeed recorded his statement before the a local court and said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan told him that his first Nikkah was “Ghair Shari” [against the sharia].
Mufti Saeed said that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi solemnized Nikkah despite that they knew that the period of Iddat [period of waiting] was incomplete.
“Imran Khan called me in February 2018 and asked me to solemnize Nikkah again,” disclosed the Mufti while recording his statement before a civil court in a case regarding marriage of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.
He said Imran Khan told him that he had prediction that he would become prime minister if he married this woman [Bushra Bibi . He stated that he verified from a woman present there if all the conditions for Nikkah were complete to which she said, “yes”.
He went on to say that that he had close ties with Imran Khan and was member of his core committee.
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan tied the knot with Bushra Bibi in 2018 few months before his party won the general elections and made government in the center.
Mufti Saeed performed Nikkah during a private ceremony held in Lahore.
The legal battle started after Mufti Saeed claimed in a private TV show that the nikkah of Imran Khan with Bushra Bibi was solemnized twice. He had claimed that Bushra Bibi was observing Iddat but he was not aware of the actual situation.
Saeed said he declared the nikkah invalid after he came to know about her iddat, adding that he then again solemnized their nikkah.
Bushra Bibi had taken khula from her former husband Khawar Manika before tying the knot with Imran Khan.