New Delhi: In a superstitious and bizarre claim, Pakistan’s media has reported that Pakistan’s first lady Bushra Bibi’s image does not appear in mirrors. The claim, with all its absurdities, has been attributed to the house staff at the Prime Minister’s House.
Bushra Bibi, the first veiled first lady of Pakistan, has been the centre of several controversies. There are absurd claims about her magical powers, her former marriage, her association with Imran Khan which led to their wedding just six months before Imran Khan became the prime minister of Pakistan. Her public appearances in full veil also drew flak countering which she, in her first interview to Pakistan media, said her veil does not define her modernity. She should be judged on the basis of her personality, not her face.
According to reports, then-PTI leader Imran Khan proposed to Bushra Maneka, his spiritual mentor, early last year. In a very private affair, the duo got married in February, which marked the first full-veiled appearance of Bushra Bibi, triggering various speculations.
Unlike Imran Khan’s ex-wives British socialite Jemima Goldsmith and Reham Khan a former BBC presenter, Bushra is highly secretive and is never seen in public without a veil.
The recent implausible claim about Pakistan’s ‘Khatoon-e-Awal’ (Urdu for ‘first lady’) was reported by Capital TV in Pakistan.
An earlier report claimed that Bushra has “two djinns( According to Arabian and Muslim mythology, djinns are intelligent spirits, able to transform into human and animal forms and to possess humans)” at her disposal whom she feeds cooked meat and uses to “make things happen”.
This was Imran Khan’s third marriage after Jemima Goldsmith — a British socialite, and Reham Khan — a former BBC presenter. Bushra Bibi, on the other hand, was married to Khawar Fareed Maneka, a customs officer. When Imran Khan was being blamed for breaking of his marriage with Bushra Bibi, he stepped in and said that Imran Khan was not responsible for his divorce with Bushra. He was divorcing Bushra.
Many in Pakistan believe that Bushra Bibi had a prophetic vision that if Imran Khan wants to become the PM, he has to marry a woman belonging to Bushra Bibi’s clan. Reports said that Bushra Bibi asked Imran Khan to marry her sister or daughter. But then she again got a dream that Imran Khan must marry a married woman and a mother of five. That is when the duo got married.