Wasim Akram, ex-husband among others send notice to Reham Khan over book’s ‘salacious’ content

Published: June 4, 2018
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KARACHI: Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan has been served a legal notice by her first husband, a cricket legend, a British businessman, and a PTI official over the contents of her upcoming book.

The journalist’s tell-all autobiography reportedly includes details of her interactions with various celebrities and her marriage with Imran. Some of those details apparently crossed a line for businessman Zulfikar Bukhari, Reham’s first husband Ijaz Rehman, cricketer Wasim Akram, and PTI International Media Coordinator Anila Khawaja.

The notice issued by British law firm Sweetman Burke and Sinker on May 30 says that each of them received copies of the manuscript for her book from an anonymous source. The book contains “a litany of malicious, false, incorrect, highly misleading, callous, wanton, tortious, prejudicial, damaging, libellous, and defamatory imputations” directed towards the filers.

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It also says that actor Hamza Ali Abbasi, former MNAs Murad Saeed and Asad Umer, Former K-P chief minister Pervez Khattak, Senator Mohsin Aziz, PTI social media team member Umer Farooq, socialite Yousaf Salahuddin, and Zakir Khan may approach her separately with legal notices in Pakistan due to jurisdictional aspects.

The point-by-point details include “defamatory imputations” towards Bukhari, who is accused in the manuscript of arranging an abortion for a young woman allegedly impregnated by Imran.

Accusations of Rehman’s violence and cruelty towards Reham are also mentioned. The notice refers to a contradiction within the book regarding the timeline of when the alleged violent conduct began – throughout the marriage or after the birth of their first child.

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The notice details some highly salacious allegations regarding Akram and his relationship with his deceased first wife, including the allegation that he was a cuckold. These are referred to as a “malicious falsehood”.

Khawaja is accused in the book of having had an illicit affair with PTI chief Imran and exerting enormous control over him. The notice claims Reham called her “chief of the harem” in the manuscript.

The notice provides Reham with 14 days to meet various conditions to avoid further action. These include agreeing not to publish the manuscript in its current form, and to remove the alleged defamatory passages while confirming in writing to the filers that the allegations in the manuscript are refuted as false and defamatory and will not be repeated in the published book.

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It also requires an undertaking that she will not create any further defamatory material, will provide details about the sources of her manuscript, and details of any websites where the manuscript in its current form may be posted.

She has also been asked to make proposals for the payment of damages if any details from the manuscript leak online, while providing an undertaking to monitor and delete any defamatory content for which she may be responsible.

If these are not received by June 14, the law firm will advise its clients to approach the high court for an injunction to stop publication of the book and “substantial damages”.

When The Express Tribune spoke to Bukhari, he said he was not giving any official statement at this time.

Reham’s lawyer in Pakistan, Yasir Hameed Hamdani said he is not aware of his client having received the notice.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • BrainBro
    Jun 4, 2018 - 10:33PM

    Thing is that a lot of stuff she’s written is actually believable. Only because this is not the first time we’re hearing about them.Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Jun 4, 2018 - 11:35PM

    In my opinion this was the right thing to do by the lawyers to give advance warning to the publishers that this false and malicious book should not be published or you will be sued for damages and defamation. The biggest question is that Reham Khan was using her influence in PTI on several occasions and IK warned her to stay away from politics and just stay in her role as a housewife and media person. I believe 100% that Reham had political aspirations before marrying IK and I knew at one point he will let Reham know that he will not allow family joining politics like PPP or PML-N. The second point is the timing of this book release is no doubt showing her real evil design to defame and humiliate IK and others in public. She has lost more respect in the last few months and nobody believes a word coming out of her mouth. It should be recognized the way Imran Khan has handled this issue and did not said a word in public about Reham Khan. This shows his character and commitment to keep personal life out of public domain. Just watch, how the whole case unfolds and all the conspirators behind this book publishing will be made public soon.Recommend

  • Khan jan
    Jun 4, 2018 - 11:37PM

    Looks like the abortion section will remain in book for sure and it could be most damaging to Imran Khan. I think, without a proof she would have leveled such an allegation.Recommend

  • sceptic
    Jun 5, 2018 - 4:42AM

    All the juicy stuff is here. I don’t need to read the book now. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jun 5, 2018 - 9:45AM

    Instead of reading the book, I will wait for the movie to come out.Recommend

  • Ayesha Khan
    Jun 5, 2018 - 10:01AM

    get a life guys. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 5, 2018 - 10:47AM

    Freedom of speech should be respected but it is very likely the influential people mentioned will use a pliable judiciary to get the book banned in Pakistan. Readers will need to get a copy from abroad. The shenanigans of the powerful which always remains hidden in Pakistan should be exposed.Recommend

  • Nuzhat Yasmin
    Jun 5, 2018 - 11:10AM

    Ik’s reputation as a play boy comes from his cricket days. That’s why thae PTI supporters are over reacting as deep down somewhere they are themselves not sure. As regards others, they are not important and nobody really cares what is written about them. Recommend

  • UZI
    Jun 5, 2018 - 11:11AM

    How easy it is to hurl allegations without presenting evidence. SJWs, as always, jump on the bandwagon without any fair scrutiny. The burden of proof lies on RK. If she is not able to produce, then she must face consequences.Recommend

  • Sarah Jamal
    Jun 5, 2018 - 11:18AM

    I think she is telling the truth, with maybe some spices here and there, but all of it is pretty much the truth. Because in this day and age no publisher will take on a book that is based on a lie due to law suits that will follow. Imagine if she has proofs for her claims, proofs for abortion, proof for drugs, proof for money laundering and so on. Go Imran Go. Recommend

  • Akhtar London
    Jun 5, 2018 - 12:33PM

    By publishing the full contents of the letter and reporting on the allegations, the aim of the letter which was to prevent defamation, has now already occurred !!! No British law firm would have allowed their pre action protocol letter to be leaked as it would defeat the purpose of it surely. Now the whole world knows what the particular slanderous material was. The book doesn’t even have to be published now !!!!! Why would any of the claimants or lawyers allow this letter and to be leaked to the press !!!!! Unbelievable !!!! Surely this newspaper is also now exacerbating and participating in the defamation by reporting the details…. !!!Recommend

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