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Ex-wife Reham Khan’s strong message to Pakistan PM Imran Khan; here’s what she said

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 26, 2018, 1:47 pm IST
Updated Aug 26, 2018, 1:47 pm IST
Reham Khan, the former BBC journalist, had married Imran Khan in 2015 but their marriage fell apart after 10 months.
Reham Khan, in her recently-published autobiography, had accused Imran Khan of being bisexual, taking hard drugs and adultery (Photo: AP / AFP)
 Reham Khan, in her recently-published autobiography, had accused Imran Khan of being bisexual, taking hard drugs and adultery (Photo: AP / AFP)

London: While former Pakistan cricket team captain and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has become Pakistan Prime Minister, his ex-wife Reham Khan has hit out at Imran.

Reham and Imran got married in 2015. But their marriage fell apart after ten months. She later went on to accuse Imran of being bisexual, taking hard drugs and adultery in her recent book.

 

Reham, during her recent interview, sent out a strong message to her ex-husband.

“Change yourself first then try to change the country. Practise what you preach. Start by being honest,” Reham was quoted as saying by The Sunday Guardian.

Discussing how her married life with Imran was, Reham said: “I was married to him but he was not married to me. It was for all practical purposes for him a marriage of convenience. To this day, I can’t be sure who told him to marry me. On the surface, it was mostly a pleasant interaction. He was generous in his praise, frequently complimentary of how I looked after the house, my political sense, my strong faith, even my articulation. We had no arguments whatsoever. Certainly, I never interfered in his relationship with his ex-wife, his children, his sisters or his friends. It was a stressful year for me because lies were constantly cooked up about me and Imran would never defend me and discourage me from taking any action also. I put up with this until I started finding out that he was part of it all himself.”

Reham also claimed that members of Imran’s party started leaking content from her autobiography and started branding it as “pornographic”.

“Imran’s people started leaking bits and pieces of stuff they claimed were in the book in the beginning of June to malign the content and brand it as pornographic. They started circulating PDF documents on social media and via WhatsApp groups. We were conscious that the propaganda machinery they have access to was not only effectively trying to discredit the book, but trying to damage our sales. They were also trying to bully me into not publishing the book. This meant PR companies and publishers would take the censor route. To counter this strategy, I decided to self-publish a full unedited version earlier than we had planned to release (it),” said Reham.

When asked whether she has written the book to discredit her ex-husband, Reham denied the claims.

“The question is based on a false perception. Only PTI-led propaganda suggests that. Many actually agree that I have written what needed to be said years ago. The comments I get are it is 200 per cent true. Some go as far as saying the book is only the tip of the iceberg. I wrote the book with the intention that it would be the first of its kind. Many describe it as a brutally honest account of Pakistani society and culture of the privileged. It blows the top about (sic) how the political elites live lives very different than the rest of us. I just happened to be married to one of them,” said Reham.

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