Khawar Maneka did not perform Umrah with Imran Khan
Viral post misidentifies Pakistani diplomat Shehryar Akbar Khan as Khawar Maneka, ex-husband of Bushra Khan
Claim: A photograph of Imran Khan, Bushra Khan, and a man labelled as Mrs. Khan’s ex-husband, performing Umrah at the Masjid al-Haram, the mosque that surrounds the Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Fact: The man in the photograph walking next to Imran Khan is not Khawar Maneka but rather Shehryar Akbar Khan, a Pakistani diplomat who previously served as Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and later as Ambassador to Serbia. Khawar Maneka did not perform Umrah with the Khans and correspondingly the claim that his Umrah expenses were borne by the state treasury was false as well.
Fact or Fiction?
On 28 April 2022 by a user called Shaki Pakis posted the image with false caption on Facebook.
Shaki Pakis is a member of the Facebook group PML.N Lover,s, an online community with over 90,000 members.
The image is accompanied by an Urdu caption that roughly translates as, “the time has now come that a woman [Bushra Khan] is performing Umrah with two husbands, and that too at the state’s expense.”
The post has been shared 1,500 times on Facebook, and has elicited over 200 reactions, and over a dozen comments. Many of the comments are misogynistic and involve invoking “lanat” or curses on the first lady.
Although Imran and Bushra Khan have performed Umrah together on several occasions, this particular photograph seems to date back to September 2019 when Imran Khan was in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit.
Soch Fact Check found the claim to be false. In fact, Shehryar Akbar Khan has been misidentified by as Khawar Maneka on several other occasions. This pattern of misidentification was pointed out as early as January 2019, even prior to the photograph in question being taken in September of that year.
Conclusion: The claim that Bushra Khan performed Umrah accompanied by both her current and former husbands is false. The man in the photograph with the then first-couple of Pakistan is Pakistani diplomat Shehryar Akbar Khan who has been repeatedly misidentified as Khawar Maneka on social media for the last several years.