Imran-Reham divorce creates political stir

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Being dragged in Imran’s divorce matter for no reason: Jahangir.

Islamabad: Pakistani opposition leader and former playboy cricketer Imran Khan is to divorce for a second time, ending his marriage to a TV journalist just ten months after they wed, his wife said on Friday. ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen on Friday said that he is being dragged into divorce matter of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Reham Khan for no reason. Imran Khan, 62, married 42-year-old Reham Khan, a former BBC weather host and a divorced mother of three, in January this year in a simple ceremony at his Islamabad home. “They mutually agreed to divorce today. I would request everyone to respect our privacy. ‘There were teething problems as well over other issues which were being resolved but this was a major issue – she wanted to get into politics and was not ready to back down.’ The little-known journalist endured criticism on social media from conservative Muslim Pakistanis after her marriage to Khan became public and pictures and videos surfaced of her on-screen in Western outfits. His party became the country’s third largest in a 2013 election after he advocated talks with Pakistani Taliban insurgents and criticised the United States for drone strikes in militant areas.

His move came a little late as Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanullah in his statement had criticised Imran and alleged that his mental condition could now be gauged from this action. Everything has been settled between the two,” he said, adding, “Imran and Reham have requested that the media respect their privacy and avoid speculation.” The report came in the wake of rumours that the cricketer-turned-politician did not approve of her meddling in political affairs. Loved by millions across the cricket-obsessed nation for winning Pakistan its only World Cup in 1992, Khan’s sporting prowess and rugged good looks also brought him international celebrity in a country lacking glamour.

Rumours of the end of the marriage first circulated in August when Reham was campaigning to support a candidate from her husband’s party in a by-election. There were mixed reactions from the leading politicians with majority suggesting Imran-Reham divorce as their personal matter and urged not to comment on it.

Khan’s marriage to Reham was his second after his first marriage with English heiress Jemima Goldsmith, which lasted for nine years, eventually ending in divorce, in June 2004. He was considered his country’s most eligible man until he suddenly announced his plans to marry shortly after launching a movement to topple the government in August 2014, which he called off in December after a Taliban attack on a school that killed 150 people. Reham, host of a local TV talk show, was widely criticised after she appeared at public meetings of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party, with opponents accusing her of seeking to boost her own profile through her husband’s fame.

PTI top leader Fauzia Kasuri and Shireen Mazari requested party workers to focus on election and that the divorce had nothing to do with politics. “We must respect the privacy of Imran and Reham on what is the difficult and painful time for them both,” tweeted Shrireen. Born in 1952 in Lahore into a comfortable family with origins in the Pashtun northwest, he was educated at Aitchison College, the Eton of Pakistan, boarding school in England, and then Oxford University.

Told by MailOnline that her brother had revealed he was actually married, Aleema Khan – who claimed the rumours were started by opposition politicians looking to discredit her brother – said: ‘Really? He became one of the world’s greatest ever all-rounders — a fearsome fast bowler and dangerous batsman — whose finest hour came at the 1992 World Cup, where at the age of 39 he led an inexperienced team to the title. Off the pitch, he had a string of socialite girlfriends and frequented exclusive nightclubs in London until he married Jemima Goldsmith, the daughter of the French-British tycoon James, in 1995.

They divorced in 2004, allegedly over the difficulties Jemima faced in Pakistan, where she was hounded for her family’s Jewish ancestry, and his obsession with politics. Focus on relief to #earthquake survivors.” Meanwhile on twitter many people were of the view that it was Imran Khan’s personal matter while some criticised the other parties of trying to make political mileage out of this situation considering that the news break came on the eve of Punjab’s local bodies election. Reham Khan tweeted “We have decided to part ways and file for divorce.” There were unconfirmed reports that disagreements within the Khan family, in particular between Reham and Imran Khan’s sisters had been a factor in their discord.

His comment followed media claims that they had agreed a divorce settklement in which Reham would receive Rs180 million – around $1.8 million – along with diamond and gold jewellery. It was unclear today whether the couple had agreed their separation some time before Reham travelled to Britain to appear at a PTI conference in Birmingham.

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