Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif calls Imran Khan a coward after rumours of his marriage

File photo of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photograph:( Reuters )

PTI Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Jan 09, 2018, 01.01 PM (IST)

Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday lambasted cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as a coward for putting the dignity of a family at stake by proposing marriage to a woman he has been visiting for spiritual guidance. 

Khan, the leader of the Opposition, on Sunday had confirmed that he had proposed marriage to the woman named Bushra Maneka but denied reports that he had secretly wed her. 

Sharif said Khan was cowardly hiding after putting the dignity of a family at stake. 

"What sort of person he is who hides like a coward while leaving an innocent family to face rumours," he said. 

Khan, 66, was married twice earlier. 

Khan had first tied the knot with Jemima Khan on May 16, 1995, that ended in divorce after nine years on June 22, 2004. His second marriage was with Reham, then a TV anchor, which continued barely 10 months.  

Although that marriage was publicly announced on January 8, 2015, there were reports that a nikah had also taken place in early November 2014.