Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said Sunday, confirming his marriage to a local media reporter as a “faith healer.” Khan, who won the Pakistani team when he won the 1992 Cricket World Cup, married Bushra Watto in an unobtrusive ceremony in the eastern city of Lahore.
Khan has already described Watto, a five-year-old mother, as his “spiritual adviser” and someone whose guidance he appreciated.
Khan’s earlier two marriages, especially when he married his first wife, British celebrity Jemima Khan, captivated international tabloid press and local media in the deeply conservative Muslim nation of 208 million people.
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI May Allah bless your future life with good luck, tweeted Shah Mahmood Qureshi, deputy chairman of Khan’s opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
A photo of the couple published by PTI showed Khan, 65, wearing a dark blazer over a traditional white shalwar kameez, while Watto is dressed head to toe in a gray robe with a red veil over her face.
Khan, who has tried to banish the Playboy reputation of his younger years, has built a large political following in northern parts of Pakistan, especially the Pashtun conservative population.
Over the past year, he has also seen his political stock price rise following the overthrow of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif through trials endorsed by Khan.
Khan has maintained a picture of devout devotion in the run-up to parliamentary elections in about six months, hoping to become prime minister, but his political rivals and media have often made fun of his colorful personal life.
Last month, Khan responded to feverish media speculation about his marriage proposal by outwitting political opponents and calling on others to respect Watto’s “very conservative” family.
“All I ask from my well-wishers and supporters is that they pray that I find personal happiness that was robbed of me, except for a few years,” Khan tweeted on January 9th.
Khan’s first marriage to financier James Goldsmith’s daughter ended in 2004, while his second ended in nine months in 2015, followed by a whirlwind romance with former BBC journalist Reham Khan.