Iddat Verdict Delayed: Court’S Ruling Hangs In The Balance

## Court Reserves Ruling in Iddat Case: Imran Khan and Wife’s Sentence Appeal Awaits Decision

### Judgment Set for May 29th in Iddat and Nikkah Case

Islamabad, Pakistan – District and Sessions Judge Shahrukh Arjumand has reserved judgment on the appeals filed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, challenging their sentences in the controversial Iddat case. The court will announce its verdict on May 29th.

The case stems from a complaint filed by Khawar Maneka, Bushra Bibi’s former husband, in November 2023. Maneka alleged that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi married without observing the required Iddat period after their respective divorces.

On February 3, 2024, a trial court convicted and sentenced Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison each. The PTI founder and his wife subsequently appealed the verdict in the district and sessions court.

### Arguments Presented During Hearing

During Thursday’s hearing, PTI counsel Usman Riaz Gul argued that the case was politically motivated and lacked legal merit. He emphasized that Bushra Bibi’s testimony under Section 342 indicated that she had completed the Iddat period before remarrying.

Deputy district prosecutor Adnan Ali opposed the appeal, arguing that the law provides for criminal prosecution in such cases. He also alleged that Imran Khan’s interference in Maneka and Bushra’s lives contributed to their separation.

### Religious Scholars Decry Political Motivation

Meanwhile, PTI-aligned religious scholars have denounced the Iddat case as fabricated and politically motivated. They assert that the case contravenes Islamic teachings and is an attempt to exploit religious sentiments for political gain.

### Transfer Request Denied

On April 30th, a district and sessions court dismissed Khawar Maneka’s plea to transfer the case to another court. Maneka had cited lack of trust in Judge Arjumand, but the judge rejected the request, stating that he had maintained impartiality as a judge.

### Political Undertones Surface

The Iddat case has become a politically charged issue, with the PTI alleging a conspiracy against their leader. The two police officials involved in the case have been transferred, raising further suspicions of political interference.

### Pending Judgment

The court’s decision on May 29th will have significant implications for Imran Khan and his wife. If the convictions are upheld, they will face a significant prison sentence. The outcome of the case will also influence the political landscape in Pakistan and potentially affect the PTI’s leadership.