Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan published an autobiography in which she has accused him of being a bisexual, taking hard drugs as well as adultery. She also described her married life in detail and the book provides an insight into the country’s societal construct
Celebrated cricketer Imran Khan is the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. While the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief has ascended to a significant position in his political career, it looks like his troubles on home turf are far from over.
His ex-wife Reham Khan recently published an autobiography in which she has accused him of being a bisexual, taking hard drugs as well as adultery. She also described her married life in detail and the book provides an insight into the country’s societal construct.
While this book reportedly courts controversy, Reham Khan lashed out at her ex-husband. She said, "Change yourself first, then try to change the country. Practise what you preach. Start by being honest.”
On the question of her married life, the former journalist said, "I was married to him, but he was not married to me. It was for all practical purposes, a marriage of convenience for him. To this day, I can’t be sure who told him to marry me. On the surface, it was mostly a pleasant interaction.”
She went on to add, “He was generous in his praise, frequently complimenting me about 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 would 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 Khan also alleged that PTI tried to leak parts of her book in an attempt to malign her credibility as an author and portray her book only as a pornographic account or a bid to claim fame.
She said, "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).”
She clarified that she is not bitter after the separation and the intention was never to write a book defaming the captain, who brought the ICC World Cup trophy home in 1992.
She stated, "The question is based on false perception. Many actually agree that I have written what needed to be said years ago. The comments I get are it is 200% 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 how the political elites live lives very different than the rest of us. I just happened to be married to one of them."
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:03 AM IST