Who is Bushra Maneka and where did she first meet Imran Khan?
Pakistan’s former legendary cricketer and fierce politician Imran Khan is in the news again as rumours of his third marriage are circulating in the media.
It all started after The News published a report claiming that the Imran Khan had married a woman whom he regarded as his spiritual mentor in a secret ceremony on Jan 1.
Soon after, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) issued a statement, clarifying that Khan had proposed to Bushra Maneka, who has “asked for time to make a final decision after consulting her family, including her children”.
This confirmation took the Pakistani media by storm and also raised so many questions about the lady.
Who is Bushra Monika?
But who is the mysterious lady in question, Bushra Maneka? This is what we know about her so far:
Bushra Maneka, in her late 40s, is known as a respected faith healer in Pakpattan, Punjab. She was married to Khawar Fareed Maneka, a senior customs official and son of former Federal Minister Ghulam Farid Maneka. Bushra and Khawar reportedly got divorced in 2017 because of personal reasons, ending their 30-year old marriage.
Khawar told media that he had divorced his ex-wife himself and that she had not demanded ‘Khula’ (separation) from him.
When asked in an interview by Geo News TV if Imran was a reason for this divorce, Khawar categorically denied the rumours. “No! Imran is not the reason for the divorce. There were some things related to spirituality between me and my ex-wife that led us to the decision to end the marriage.”
Bushra is reportedly the mother of three sons and two daughters. Her sons, Musa Menaka and Ibrahim Maneka, graduated from Aitchison College in 2013 and pursued higher studies abroad while her eldest daughter Mehru Maneka is the daughter-in-law of son of Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Atta Maneka.
According to media reports, Imran Khan used to seek help from him when taking any important decision. Once news report claims that when Imran Khan was going to marry Reham Khan, the BBC weather girl, Bushra Maneka advised against it but Imran Khan ignored the advice. His marriage with Reham collapsed within a year.
Some reports claim that Bushra predicted Panama case decision in Imran Khan’s favour and also advised him to stay in hilly areas which is probably why Khan resided in Nathia Gali, Chitral, and other hilly areas in May and June.
Bushra Manika belongs to Pak Pattan Sharif, and is known as a very spiritual person who follows and spreads the teachings of “Khawja Ghulam Fareed”, “Bibi Pak Daman” and many other spiritually influential personalities, whose shrines are in Pak Pattan Sharif.
It is said that she has a huge influence over PTI leader Imran Khan as he declared her as his spiritual adviser.
When did Khan meet Maneka?
PTI Chairman Imran Khan is known to be a spiritual person.
In 2017, when he found himself in a difficult situation after serious allegations from MNA Ms Ayesha Gulalai, Khan was reportedly advised by his Pir (faith healer) to seek spiritual guidance.
According to a Dawn report, he then travelled to Pakpattan to pay respect to the great saint Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar. At that time, he also spent some time with Maneka clan with whom he shares a spiritual bond where he is reported to meet his spiritual mentor, Bushra Bibi.
According to some reports, Bushra Maneka and Khawar Maneka were in contact with Imran Khan since 2015 By-elections in NA-154 Lodhera.