Reham Khan has finally started spilling beans on her relationship with Imran Khan after the end of her brief marriage. The high-profile split between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Reham Khan made a lot of waves in the mainstream media as soon as news on the couple’s divorce surfaced however, the talk died soon thereafter. Reham Khan has finally started spilling the beans on her divorce with Imran Khan. The account is one-sided so there is no guarantee how much of it is based on the truth, but she had rather shocking remarks about the relationship both shared. The following article appeared on The Express Tribune.
In her first interview after the high-profile split with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan, Reham Khan has said she was a victim of a witch-hunt in Pakistan. “A conspiracy was hatched against me,” Reham said in an interview with British newspaper Sunday Times.
Dressed in white for the interview in Charlotte Street Hotel in central London, the broadcast journalist described the “painful” and “disturbing experience” following her divorce during which she has been accused of “hitting” him, “poisoning him with rat poison” and being an “MI6 spy”.
Claiming that she has been the victim of a “witch-hunt”, Reham has said her marriage to the cricketer-turned-politician has been an example of “here is a woman”, let’s “demonise her”, “vilify her” and “burn her at the stake”.
Going back to how the marriage started, the TV journalist recalled Imran asked her for her parents’ names. “May be he wanted to ask his pir whether he should marry me or not,” she said.
“The second time I met him, he proposed to me,” she added.
But everything was not as easy. The first trouble came from his family as Imran’s sisters opposed their marriage and thought she “wasn’t good enough” for their brother. Reham also claimed her brother didn’t think Imran was religious enough for her. “Actually my brother didn’t think Imran was religious enough for me. I had to persuade him.”
And as soon as the marriage started it was all downhill as Reham claimed the two turned out to be of completely “different personalities”.
“Imran is not romantic at all, he would only want to talk about politics,” she added.
“He wasn’t even interested in matters of the house,” she said, recalling how his closet was a complete mess. “I ordered a new closet and clothes for him which made him very happy,” the TV journalist said. Further, she added that Imran did not care how he looked when he stepped out of the house. “It was a bachelor fridge, it was a bachelor pad and there was no food.”
“There was a boy who used to work in the kitchen but he spent most of his time watching TV,” she added.
In another startling revelation, the broadcast journalist said Imran was not fond of having children around him, forcing her to confine her three children from her first marriage to a room. “My children would not even go to the kitchen,” she said.
Speaking about Imran’s infamous dogs whom she has been accused of mistreating, Reham said: “My whole day revolved around his dogs. His dog was in love with me.”
Moving on to Imran’s party members, Reham said they made it clear they had “issues with me working”.
“I was specifically told by a senior party adviser they basically wanted me to be in the kitchen, to be cooking chapatis and not to be ever seen again”.
Further, Reham claimed when she was made the official ambassador for street children in Peshawar, party members thought she was trying to “ride his coat-tails”.
She said she has “no rights” as her marriage was never registered in Pakistan or the UK. “After a 10-month marriage, you’re not entitled to anything,” she said.
Clarifying reports that Imran divorced her over text message, Reham said they decided to part ways last month before she left Pakistan. She said she has been devastated by the way it has been “played out” since.
Meanwhile, PTI sources said Imran has strictly prohibited party activists from making any comment on Reham’s interview. He wants to treat a family matter strictly personal and keep it off media debate, a party leader said.
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