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Jemima Khan 'adores' Sonia: book

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2008 16:35 IST

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Jemima Khan, the glamorous ex-wife of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, has a deep fascination for rising India, "adores Congress chief Sonia Gandhi" and wonders about the political future of her children Rahul and Priyanka.

Jemima's comments on India and the Gandhi family feature in "Imran Vs Imran", a new biography of Imran Khan by New Delhi-based author Frank Huzur.

"Jemima has a deep fascination for rising India just as she has been fascinated with Pakistan. She adores Sonia Gandhi and wonders about the political trajectory of her children -- Rahul and Priyanka," Huzur told PTI.

Jemima's comments come close on the heels of Imran's recent observation that slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal, who is the Pakistan People's Party chairman, should begin his political career at the grassroots like Rahul Gandhi.

Imran's ex-wife has been very critical of Bilawal taking over the PPP mantle following his mother's assassination in December last year.

Jemima, who was also a bitter critic of Benazir, in fact wrote in Britain's Telegraph newspaper: "If a Bhutto must run Pakistan, why not Fatima?"

Huzur, who made five trips to Pakistan in nine months to meet Imran with whom he has been "awestruck" since he was nine years old -- and another trip to Britain to meet Jemima, is readying for a July launch of his book in London.

"I had before me hundreds of icons in my own country but I couldn't feel fire in my imagination (Imran does not) represent dynasty politics nor does he belong to a filthy rich industrial house. He is a commoner, so rare a commodity in the mud pond of politics in India and Pakistan," Huzur said when asked why he chose to write Imran's biography.