Former Pakistani cricketer and captain Imran Khan has never left the limelight nor the headlines of front pages. While good cricketers and good talents keep coming and going, this one made exciting career goals and speculations forever. Cricketers like Imran never refuse to leave, and in that sense, never retire. While Pakistani youngsters consider him as their ideal, we remember him as a young lad born in an affluent Lahore-household, who studied from none other than the prestigious Oxford college.
The former first-class cricketer started playing cricket at the age of 13, and eventually led Pakistan to the 1992 Cricket World Cup victory. As one of Pakistan’s most successful players, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010 due to a glittering career.
After retirement, Imran Khan became a politician and philanthropist. He became the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and connected with the youth with his firebrand speeches and huge rallies.
However, Imran’s personal life has been no less exciting. He broke many hearts when he married Jemima Goldsmith in 1995, a marriage which lasted 9 years and ended in 2004. The heartthrob found love once again in 2015, when he remarried BBC British journalist of Pakistani origin Reham Khan, which barely lasted 10 months.
Mr Khan’s third impending marriage rumours plagued the internet since January this year. Reports of his marriage were unverified even by himself, which he expressed on Twitter. The angry politician broke his silence on the report after accusing PML-N head Nawaz Sharif of being behind the “vicious” campaign!
1. For 3 days I have been wondering have I looted a bank; or money laundered bns in nation's wealth; or ordered a model-town-like killing spree; or revealed state secrets to India? I have done none of these but discovered I have committed a bigger crime: wanting to get married.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 9, 2018
6. All I ask of my well wishers and supporters is that they pray I find personal happiness which, except for a few years, I have been deprived of.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 9, 2018
Even the cricketer’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) denied these rumours in a series of tweets and called them “ridiculous.”
For the record, it is Chairman PTI Imran Khan's personal business and no one else’s, when, with whom and where he decides to marry.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) January 6, 2018
Like a movie script and a usual twist of events, the cricketer has got married to a woman local media call a “faith healer” on February 18. Imran Khan is third time lucky with Bushra Watto, aka Pink Bushra whom he married in a low-key ceremony in Pakpattan, Lahore.
The news was confirmed by his party via Twitter:
— PTI (@PTIofficial) February 18, 2018
As the images of his wedding made rounds, Khan, 65, can be seen wearing a dark blazer over a traditional white Salwar Kameez, while his new bride is clad head-to-feet in a grey robe with a red veil covering her face. While the bride’s mother and friends participated in the ceremony, Khan’s sisters gave it a miss.
Mufti Saeed performed the nikah. Interestingly, he’s the same Mufti who commenced Imran’s second marriage to Reham.
Tweeple couldn’t contain their reactions and expressed their thoughts blatantly. Some were very cynical, witty and humorous, while some were too harsh on Imran.
Read them for yourselves below:
Mr and Mrs Imran Khan spotted in super market pic.twitter.com/6JsQ77rNLx
— AbidSherAli (@AbidSherAli) February 18, 2018
Some were confused regarding polls:
Did Imran Khan get married as journalist Umar Cheema claims in January — or did he get married yesterday as claimed by the PTI?
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) February 19, 2018
Some managed to poke fun at PTI:
To all sincere PTI followers, u were made to abuse/slander Geo/Jang management/journalists by Imran Khan/other party leaders aftr @UmarCheema1 revealed that IK has married secretly 4 the third time. Turns out Cheema was correct and ur leadership lied to u/misled u once again pic.twitter.com/bfYN1DkxXm
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaGeoNews) February 18, 2018
Authors think it’s “spiritual f**k”!
Bushra followed MO. MO informed his son that Allah told him to marry his daughter- in- law. Bushra told her husband that in her dream MO told her to marry Imran Khan. #spiritualfuck
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) February 19, 2018
For some Twitterates, slogans matter:
Election slogans matter.
In ‘08, Obama had “Yes, we can”.
In ‘16, Trump had “Let’s make America great again”.
But even though @ImranKhanPTI had “Tabdeeli” in ‘13 – and surely, it resonated – he doesn’t have much today, except “corrupt” & “mafia”.
And “Shadi Mubarak”.
— Wajahat S. Khan (@WajSKhan) February 19, 2018
One user couldn’t digest what’s happening in today’s times:
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) February 19, 2018
Tweeple want a poll on this marriage:
NATIONAL POLL: For how long imran khan’s marriage to Bushra Bibi last in your opinion?
— Sarah Jawad (@SarahJawadKhan) February 19, 2018
Some saw, hmm, wisdom in IK’s actions:
Youngsters need to learn a lesson from Imran khan k flirt me time barbaad na karain seedha nikkah karain .
— Iqraaa (@chashmish_Ed) February 18, 2018
Some couldn’t get nastier:
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 18, 2018
One user asked a valid question about Islam:
#ImranKhan : in this world full of talaq talaq talaq be someone's qubool Hai qubool Hai qubool Hai.😂
— Tweetera🐦 (@DoctorrSays) February 19, 2018
Some proved that a ‘Friends’ reference will always be relevant:
Can't figure out if he's Imran Khan or Ross Geller
— Ahmed. (@Madridichio) February 18, 2018
Some questioned if there was more ‘LOVE’ in Pakistan:
A friend of mine tells me it’s Mani Shankar Aiyyar in bridal’s makeup kyonki Pakistan mein zyada ‘Pyar’ milta hai pic.twitter.com/WZserroscM
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) February 18, 2018
While some even misbehaved with Photoshop effects!
— The Angry Lord (@TheOneDhawan) February 18, 2018
Of course, Taimur Khan needed a mention somewhere:
Taimur to attend the third wedding of Imran Khan in Pakistan. #ImranKhan
— Paresh Rawal Fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) February 18, 2018
Maybe it’s time for ‘new revolution’?
Ye aise hi banayega 'Naya Pakistan' 😂 https://t.co/FikhL1DxNp
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) February 18, 2018
Imran’s cricket career wasn’t spared either:
Imran Khan, 65, is married for the third time – a performance better than his national cricket team in the World Cup. Good for Pakistan anyway
— Debarati Majumder (@debarati_m) February 19, 2018
Some believe in the institution called ‘marriage’:
— Manjula Pooja Shroff (@Manjula_Pooja) February 19, 2018
His political rivalry too just found a new thread:
Now Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have one thing in common — both have taken 3 oaths — Nawaz as PM, Immi as bridegroom. #win
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) February 18, 2018
Some didn’t spare religious sentiments either!
Haath dikh raha hai. Fatwa nikal do maulviyo https://t.co/zbsGlW3row
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) February 18, 2018
For the unknown, Bushra Maneka is in her 40s and hails from the Wattoo clan, of which Maneka is a sub-clan. She was previously married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad. These days, Imran has devoted himself to politics and charity work.
We wish this marriage to last longer than everyone’s expectations. What do you think will be its fate? Tell us in the comments.