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Jemima Khan annoys Pakistanis

The glamorous former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan never ceases to be a subject of drawing room conversations. Pakistanis are getting tired of her miss-know-it-all attitude.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Islamabad
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2008 07:32 PM IST

Though Jemima Khan, the glamorous former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, never ceases to be a subject of drawing room conversations, Pakistanis are getting tired of her miss-know-it-all attitude.

Her interview with President Pervez Musharraf, a significant part of which was later denied by the President's spokesperson, and her simplistic deconstruction of "all things Pakistan" is increasingly making her a hate-subject in the country.

"Ms Khan's diatribe against Ms Bhutto is a reflection of her contempt for the Pakistanis whom she met and whom she variously labelled the 'fain-fain crowd' and 'Mummy-Daddy types' in articles she wrote for local and British newspapers when she was still Imran Khan's devoted, dupatta-clad wife," a recent editorial in the Daily Times said.

"So, standing on her high moral pedestal, what does Jemima Khan think of Eurotrash like Hugh Grant (of LA black hooker fame), and other friends and family whose serial infidelities and drinks/drug abuse are legion?

"What was Jemima Khan doing in Pakistan with that demure dupatta on her head, writing sanctimonious articles in the press about her great conversion to Islam? It didn't take the same woman long to throw off her hijab and cavort in skimpy bikinis on French beaches with her man of the moment," the edit said.

Jemima, who jokingly calls herself a "serial protester", is currently in Pakistan with her two sons to observe the election process. She is a bitter critic of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto and her widower Asif Ali Zardari, whom she often refers to as "Mr 10 per cent".

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