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Khawar Maneka assaulted by PTI lawyers after hearing of Iddat case

The husband of former first lady Bushra Bibi was assaulted as he was coming out of court

By Arfa Feroz Zake
May 29, 2024
Former first lady Bushra Bibis ex-husband Khawar Maneka comes under attack by PTI lawyers at a district and sessions court in Islamabad on May 29, 2024. — Geo News
Former first lady Bushra Bibi's ex-husband Khawar Maneka comes under attack by PTI lawyers at a district and sessions court in Islamabad on May 29, 2024. — Geo News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyers Wednesday assaulted former first lady Bushra Bibi's ex-husband Khawar Maneka within the court premises after the hearing of the iddat case in a district and sessions court in Islamabad.

Judge Arujmand was supposed to announce the reserved verdict on Bushra her husband and PTI founder Imran Khan's appeals against conviction in the iddat case. However, during the hearing today the judge went into his chamber without announcing the verdict.

The PTI lawyers then hurled bottles in the courtroom resulting in Maneka's lawyers deciding to escort him out. However, while being escorted out, a PTI lawyer then attacked Maneka within the court premises after which he fell to the ground.

The court, on May 23, reserved the verdict on the appeals which was to be announced today.

Maneka, in January, had moved the court challenging Khan and Bushra Bibi's marriage and terming their nikah as fraudulent, stressing that the marriage was solemnised during her iddat (the time a woman goes into isolation after a divorce or her husband's death).

The trial court then handed down a seven-year sentence to the couple in February and imposed a fine of Rs500,000 each on the duo.

In its 51-page detailed verdict, the court maintained that the record proves that both of the accused, Khan and Bushra, were in relation before the 2018 "fraudulent" nikah.

Today's hearing

During the hearing today, Judge Arujmand said: "Consult Rizwan Abbasi [Maneka's lawyer] and tell what you want."

To this, the assistant of Maneka's counsel requested the judge to transfer their case to another court.

"I don't want you deciding this case," Maneka himself said when asked about what he wants.

"What is the reason for this?" the judge asked while lamenting repeated expressions of no-confidence.

Judge Arujmands letter to IHC Registrar. — Reporter
Judge Arujmand's letter to IHC Registrar. — Reporter

"Tell me if there's any concrete reason for this [...] some judge will decide the case eventually," Judge Arujmand said while highlighting that the court has already dismissed a no-confidence motion filed by Maneka wherein he had expressed no confidence in the judge and requested that the case be transferred to another court.

Furthermore, Judge Arujmand has written to Islamabad High Court registrar apprising the court of the situation and maintaining that it will not be appropriate for him to announce the verdict owing Maneka's repeated expression of no-confidence.

The judge, in his letter, also complained of repeated disruptions by Maneka and his lawyers during the hearing.

The judge also requested the registrar to transfer Bushra and Khan's appeals against conviction to another court.

Inappropriate, obscene words

Speaking to the media persons outside the court, PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan said that Maneka used inappropriate words in the courtroom and claimed that the judge was pressurised against hearing the iddat case and was even told to hear the said case.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub noted that they showed restraint despite the provocative language used by Maneka.

Stressing that Maneka spoke obscenities in the court, PTI leader Shibli Faraz said that delay tactics were being used in such politically framed cases.

Calling on the judges to ensure justice, Faraz expressed hope that they would get justice from the courts.