Imran Khan (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)


Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s third wife Bushra Maneka has congratulated Pakistan for voting to power a party that would work for the benefit of poor.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is poised to form the government with Khan at the helm as prime minister of the country.

“Allah Almighty had given the nation a leader who takes care of the rights of the people,” Bushra was quoted as saying by the TV channels. She also said that the 65-year-old politician would safeguard the rights of widows and orphans.

 

Khan married Bushra early this year in a private ceremony. Speaking about his third marriage in February, Khan said he had not seen his wife’s face before their wedding.

“I did not catch a glimpse of my wife’s face until after we were married,” he told Daily Mail. “I proposed to her without seeing her because she had never met me without her face being covered with a full veil.”

He added, “The only idea I had of what she looked like came from an old photograph I had seen in her house.”

Imran explained that Bushra is a spiritual guide and she “did not meet men other than her husband with her face uncovered, nor ventured unveiled outside her house, which she rarely leaves.”

However, when Bushra finally removed her veil, Khan said, “I was not disappointed, and now I am happily married.”

The mother-of-five met Khan three years ago when she was still married to her first husband, a senior customs official named Khawar Fareed Maneka.

Besides Bushra, Khan’s first wife Jemima also congratulated the cricketer and praised his “tenacity, belief and refusal to accept defeat.”