Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is on a sticky wicket. His ex-wife Reham Khan, who he was married to from January 2015 to October 2015, has written a tell-all autobiography which allegedly paints him in a not-so-flattering picture (to put it mildly). There were some excerpts leaked from the manuscript (yes, manuscripts, the book hasn’t been published yet!) and all hell has broken loose on the internet. This is what we know so far and what you should do about the issue that has already snowballed into a MASSIVE controversy.
1. It started when actor, staunch Imran supporter and motor-mouth Hamza Ali Abbasi claimed to have got a manuscript of the upcoming book by Reham which was an all out expose of Imran, his friends, their marriage and his politics. Hamza hinted at several scandalous things being said in the book.
2. Hamza appeared on several television channels to run down Reham Khan and her book. All of this resulted in the book titled Reham getting more attention than required and the curiosity around it increased.
3. The book allegedly contains shocking details about Imran Khan and even former cricketer and commentator Wasim Akram especially regarding the latter’s personal life. Another allegation is against Imran having an affair with his PTI party media coordinator Anila Khawaja. An accusation has also been made against businessman and Imran’s top aide Syed Zulfikar Bukhari who, Reham alleges, had arranged for an abortion for a young woman allegedly impregnated by Imran Khan. Ouch!
4. She evidently doesn’t have too many good things to say about her ex husband. Reham reportedly describes Imran as someone who is not ‘sadiq and amin‘ (honest and righteous) as he kept his third marriage a secret for two months before disclosing it to the public. She has charged him with violating Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution by concealing the truth.
5. Predictably Reham has been issued notices left, right and centre. The legal notice was sent by four people including her first husband Dr Ijaz Rehman (who has been portrayed in a negative way), Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, Anila Khawaja and Wasim Akram. They have claimed the manuscript contains a ‘litany of malicious, false, incorrect, highly misleading, callous, wanton, torturous, prejudicial, damaging, libellous and defamatory’ imputations. Phew!
6. A civil court in Multan issued a stay order to stop the autobiography from being published in Pakistan. The petition was filed by Imran’s lawyer Ghulam Mustafa Chohan.
7. Reports have suggested Wikimedia’s free online encyclopedia Wikipedia have locked Reham Khan’s page after over eight attempts were made to vandalise and destroy her online presence.
8. Reham’s detractors claim she is working at the behest of Imran Khan’s political rivals and that she has been paid to do it.
9. Social media has predictably erupted with most people, especially blaming Reham for defaming her ex husband.
10. In the midst of all of this, Imran’s first wife and British heiress Jemima Goldsmith tweeted to say that she would sue Reham if the book is published in the UK. “ 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," Jemima tweeted.
Meanwhile here is how social media reacted. Or rather, exploded.