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Imran Khan’s first wife warns of defamation suit if second wife’s autobiography is published

Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, warned that she would file a defamation suit against Reham Khan, his second wife, if her autobiography is published in the UK.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2018 00:08 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and TV anchor Reham Khan in happier times.(PTI/File Photo)

Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, warned on Wednesday that she would file a defamation suit against Reham Khan, his second wife, if her “libellous” autobiography is published in the United Kingdom.

Goldsmith’s warning came soon after Reham’s lawyer Yasser Latif Hamdani said the upcoming autobiography is not intended at influencing Pakistan’s general election as is being alleged by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

In a tweet, Goldsmith said that though she has been assured that Reham’s book was too “libellous” to be published in the UK, she would sue on behalf of her son for defamation and breach of privacy if it did see the light of day.

“I will be suing for defamation and breach of privacy on behalf of my (then) 16-year-old son and in relation to the moronic, re-hashed Zionist conspiracy theories,” she said in a tweet.

In an interview with The Express Tribune, Hamdani said the notion that the book is intended to influence the elections is “entirely manufactured by the PTI camp”.

He added, “The book, as far as I know, is going to be published either in July or even August.” He said he hadn’t spoken to Reham about the publication date, which is a “closely guarded secret”.

Referring to the defamation notice sent to Reham by her first husband Ijaz Rehman, cricket legend Wasim Akram, businessman Zulfikar Bukhari and PTI official Anila Khawaja over the contents of the book, Hamdani said, “At the moment, we have no knowledge of any such letter or legal notice being served on her.”

Reham’s autobiography reportedly includes details of her interactions with various celebrities and her marriage with Imran. Some of those details apparently crossed a line for those who sent her the legal notice. Hamdani alleged more damage had been done by PTI activists than by his client.

Reham’s autobiography triggered a controversy last week, when actor Hamza Ali Abbasi claimed he had read the manuscript and accused her of working at the behest of the PML-N to malign several PTI leaders and activists ahead of the general election to be held on July 25.

First Published: Jun 07, 2018 00:08 IST