Imran confirms taking Bushra Bibi's advice on political affairs
“Only a fool doesn’t talk about everything with his wife. She has great wisdom. I discuss everything with her, also problems I face in government, dealing with complex situations,” Imran said.
“She is my soulmate. She is my companion. I would not have survived without her,” the prime minister told respected German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview on Friday.
He was replying to a question specifically asked about Bushra Bibi’s presumed role in politics. “You recently remarried. The first lady, Bushra Bibi, is a well-known faith healer. Do you take her advice on political issues?”
The prime minister expressed these views about her amid the allegations that she is an essential part of the decision-making process in the current setup with many people even suggesting that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was selected to run the country’s biggest province on her advice.
Bushra Bibi is the third wife of Imran who Khan had earlier divorced Jemima Khan and then Reham Khan. Both of them are currently living in the United Kingdom.
He had tied the knot with Jemima – daughter of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith – in 1995 when she was just 21. Imran was 43 at that time. However, they parted their ways after divorce in June 2004. The couple had two sons Sulaiman and Kasim who live with their mother since then.
After the divorce, Imran decided to remain single till he met Reham Khan in 2014 who had returned from the UK where she was associated with the BBC. In Pakistan, Reham was working for a private TV channel as an anchor.
But this marriage lasted for just 10 months as the marriage was confirmed in January 2015 followed by the divorce in October in the same year.
However, Imran announced his marriage with Bushra Bibi in February 2018 after months of speculations. It is said that the two first met in 2015.
In an interview to a private TV channel after the PTI came into power, she said, “My veil doesn't define that I am not modern. I should be judged on the basis of my personality, not my face.”