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Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan under fire over upcoming autobiography

Media reports say Reham Khan’s book is likely to release some time this month, with the elections scheduled for July.

world Updated: Jun 03, 2018 20:21 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Imtiaz Ahmad
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Reham Khan, former wife of Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan in Lahore on October 4, 2015. (AFP File Photo)

A row has erupted between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s former wife Reham Khan and his supporters, who are trying to stop the release of her autobiography ahead of the country’s general elections.

Media reports say Reham Khan’s book is likely to release some time this month, with the elections scheduled for July. A promotional video of the book stated that it would contain Reham’s life experiences as “a mother, wife, journalist and a warrior”.

Reham has alleged that the PTI has persistently threatened her, tweeting a copy of an email sent to her by actor and PTI supporter Hamza Ali Abbasi. The email tells Reham that her email has been “hacked” and warns her “to be very careful in future”.

A social media war over the issue erupted on Friday after Abbasi tweeted a “summary” of the book. Reham then asked how it was possible for him to read the manuscript of her book. “Only possible through fraud or theft,” she said.

In response, PTI claimed that Reham’s book was a ploy to demolish the country’s “only real opposition”. It also released what it termed “solid proof” of Reham’s alleged nexus with the PML-N leadership. The “evidence” was purported emails between Reham and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, in which he invited Reham to his residence for dinner with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that emails between Reham and Iqbal only proved the former’s “heinous plan to malign the party chairman’s character and reputation”. Senior leader Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari announced that he would initiate litigation against Reham.

However, Iqbal rebutted PTI’s claims, saying that it was “shameful” that the party had resorted to “fabricating and distorting emails to defend itself”.

He tweeted: “Neither I ever met Reham Khan except for an interview in Aaj Studio (a private TV channel) before her marriage with IK (Imran Khan) nor arranged her meeting with anyone. Pl don’t drag me in matters between ex spouses (sic).”

Meanwhile, people on social media believe PTI’s “panic attack” has confirmed that Reham’s book has “some explosive stuff”. They also warned that “hacking someone’s conversation is a grave crime with international implications”.

As the controversy deepened and #RehamKhan became top trend on Twitter, some social media users pointed out that the PTI had effectively provided Reham much-needed publicity for her book before its launch.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 20:21 IST