In her book, Reham Khan, Imran Khan’s second wife, had accused the former cricketer of having several illegitimate children and of taking drugs and being a bisexual
The Hush Post: Pakistan’s World Cup winning cricket captain-turned-politician Imran Khan has said that his marriage with his second wife Reham Khan is the biggest mistake of his life.
In a recent interview, Imran Khan said: “Normally I don’t say anything about Reham, but I will say this: I’ve made some mistakes in my life, but my second marriage has to be the biggest.”
Notably, a book written by Reham Khan had created a storm in the political circles of Pakistan and which had a bearing in some other countries too. In her book, Reham Khan accused her former husband Imran Khan of being a bisexual, taking drugs and of having fathered several illegitimate children –many of whom from Indian women, a report said.
That book about Imran Khan written by his second wife Reham Khan meant that just weeks before Pakistan votes, the ramifications of the accusations may have already been felt far and wide. While many leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), headed by Imran, condemned the book as a “collection of ghastly lies”, the former cricketer only recently opened up on what he felt about the author and his ex-wife. “The biggest mistake of my life,” Imran Khan was quoted by UK’s DailyMail in a recent interview, the report said.
Imran Khan said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he has always looked to keep his private life out of public scrutiny and media spotlight but added that this time was an exception. “Normally I don’t say anything about Reham, but I will say this: I’ve made some mistakes in my life, but my second marriage has to be the biggest.”
The PTI chief was married to Reham Khan –a weather presenter for BBC and British by nationality– for 10 months before a divorce ended it all. Before her, Imran Khan was married to Jemima Goldsmith –another Briton– and that lasted from 1995 to 2004, the report said.
Imran Khan said that he is still friends with Jemima and that they often speak, but that his current wife –Bushra Maneka– has been his real source of inspiration. The two got married earlier this year and he revealed during the interview that he had not even seen Bushra till after the wedding ceremony. “I did not catch a glimpse of my wife’s face until after we were married. I proposed to her without seeing her because she had never met me without her face being covered with a full veil,” he said, adding that it is because she is a spiritual guide in the Sufi branch of Islam and does not meet men apart from her husband without a veil covering her face. “When I did see her after the wedding, I was not disappointed,” Imran Khan was quoted as saying.
Several Pakistanis feel that Imran Khan is poised to win the Pakistani elections despite all the controversies and allegations. Imran himself has said that he is “quitely confident” about the prospect of becoming the country’s next PM, the report said.