With a general election just days away, a tell-all memoir of Imran Khan’s troubled second marriage is the last thing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party leader needs. And it doesn’t help that the book claims he once admitted to having at least five illegitimate children.
Reham Khan, Imran’s ex-wife and the author of the memoir, quotes him as saying “some” of these children are Indian. Her book was published this week.
Last evening, in an exclusive interview with TV Today Managing Editor Rahul Kanwal, Reham said the information about Imran’s ‘illegitimate’ children was “volunteered” to her by the former cricket star — in “frivolous” and “flippant” fashion.
“I didn’t know that he had any. I didn’t want to know that he had any,” she said.
But does she believe it’s true?
“This is what Imran has told me. So only he can tell us where these children are. And apparently he was still in touch with at least a couple of them, because he told me the ages of the eldest at the time.”
Reham’s book contains other allegations, including claims that Imran used drugs. Here’s one passage: “I became accustomed to checking his yellow cylindrical pill container several times a day to see what he was taking. The typical day’s cocktail would generally consist of half an ecstasy tablet and one or two lumps of coke [cocaine], followed by two to three sedatives at night.”
When a manuscript of Reham’s book was leaked online, several leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party accused her of being part of an”agenda” ahead of this month’s polls.
Imran Khan has been married three times. His first marriage in 1995, with Jemima Goldsmith, lasted nine years. They have two sons.
Imran’s marriage to Reham Khan, a former TV anchor, lasted 10 months. And this year, he married Bushra Maneka, his spiritual advisor.
Inputs from the Press Trust of India