Jemima joins Imran Khan for anti-drone rally

Published: October 28, 2011
Jemima Khan, ex-wife of PTI chief Imran Khan with a colleague during PTI's press conference regarding a rally against drone strikes. Jemima has donated cameras to tribal leaders to gather photographic evidence of drone strikes. PHOTO: NNI

Jemima Khan, ex-wife of PTI chief Imran Khan with a colleague during PTI's press conference regarding a rally against drone strikes. Jemima has donated cameras to tribal leaders to gather photographic evidence of drone strikes. PHOTO: NNI

ISLAMABAD: Jemima Khan caught instant media attention when she made an unexpected appearance at her ex-husband Imran Khan’s press conference at the National Press Club in Islamabad on Thursday.

She was forced to leave the press club after media men surrounded her. The incident caused Imran Khan suspended the press conference while he explained that Jemima had arrived in Pakistan to take part in the movement against US drone attacks which he said were targeting the civilian population in tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Dressed in Shalwar Kameez, the traditional dress of Pakistani women, Jemima expressed solidarity with the victims of the drone attacks.

She has worked for charities, raising funds, and as a human rights campaigner while contributes for British newspapers and magazines.

Imran Khan informed media that Jemima would produce a documentary for a British TV channel on the drone strikes besides participating in his anti-US rally being held in Islamabad on Friday (today). He said her efforts will help highlighting the plight of drone victims among international community.

She will also be giving cameras to tribal leaders, allowing them to gather photographic evidence of drone strikes and their impact.

Jemima has previously faced accusations of smuggling in Pakistan.  Despite the dissolution of their marriage, Jemima has continued to support Khan’s political aspirations and participated in rallies.


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  • Oct 28, 2011 - 1:56AM

    How come Jemima & her former husband do not hold a rally against religious fanaticism in Pakistan?


  • Talha
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Jemima Aunty for PM of Pakistan.


  • Mj
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:20AM

    How can drone attacks be intentionally targeting civilians when the overwhelming majority of those killed are militants? Perhaps Ms. Jemima should take a tour of South and North Waziristan to herself assess the situation before making inane comments and spreading misinformation.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:17AM

    They would need extra chairs in VIP enclosure, if all ex started pouring in.


  • Oct 28, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Good to see Jemima back in Pakistan, helping out Imran Khan, and raiseing awareness about U.S. drones attacks.


  • Oct 28, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Brave lady.


  • Oct 28, 2011 - 3:38AM

    Charming and a courageous lady.


  • starboy
    Oct 28, 2011 - 5:30AM

    Great job jamima. keep it up.


  • Fawad
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:18AM

    wawo ,thats good jamima


  • Adil
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:37AM

    It is said that for each militant killed there are on an average nine civilian casualties which we call “collateral damage”.What if the same happens in Lahore. Any comments?


  • kaif
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:49AM

    keep it jemima we are with u and with our great leader last hope imran khan and plz help our leader we love our great leader god help us.


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:00AM

    She says good things about Pakistan and loves Pakistan. She is a good woman at heart and its good to see her back in Pakistan. Wish she would stick around and work actively for Imran Khan’s election.


  • Javed
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:39AM

    This is very disturbing “she was forced to leave the press club after media men surrounded her”. What happened?


  • Engr.Mohsin Raza
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Stop bad mouthing and posting scandalous comments about Jemima; whose reports may help Pakistan gain support, against drone attacks, in the West. Come out of religious fanaticism (uncritical religious zeal) and research the true Islamic values on how to live with non Muslims. The life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a standard for us to lead our lives and let us not make our opinions unless we read the Prophet’s (PBUH) life.

    Now come to drone attacks. Let alone the support, the world does not even listen to our opinion on drone. It would be quite effective if an influential journalist and human right activist, like Jemima, advocates our version on drones. How many Jews, on the earth, would have agreed to do that for us? And when one has come to help us out, some of us are not feeling like happy at her presence here. This religious fanaticism has long been exploited by many, for their personal interest but mind you, it is not Islam, it is ignorance and it is feeding the personal interests not the national. Come fight against it!Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:05PM

    @Engr.Mohsin Raza:
    Proud nations don,t wait for British courts or Jemima to stop drone attacks for them!


  • Hashim
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:43PM

    Jemima Khan has been taught well by Imran Khan. May be she was always the courageous type but she has definitely progressed into a mature and LOVELY woman. I am sure all Imran Khan and PAKISTAN lovers will want to see more from her in his life – to help this tremendous man win this battle against the corruption of Pakistan’s evil doers. inshaAllah


  • tariq
    Oct 28, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Thanks to Jamima. I mean this the beauty of western nations. They express their view at liberty without any compromise and complex. very daring Jamima & love u imran.


    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:07PM

    Why she came for support of Imran only. After their separation she has same relation with Imran as with all other people of Pakistan. Why she not came for other strikes in Pakistan, or there is no need to be advertised in US of all other events.


  • Engr.Mohsin Raza
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:22PM

    @Khalid, your comment displays another problem common with many of us (read Pakistanis). We chant slogans, that are pleasing to the point of excitement, but we do not have any policy to realize them. Read your statement again and think; does it make any sense, respect!

    It is not some abstract noun like Pride/ nationalism/ patriotism etc which can stop or trigger drone attacks on us, but our policy. Every nation needs leverages to protect herself from invasions and promote her interests. Despite Mumbai Attacks, India did not wage a war against us not because we were patriots, but because of the fact that Bhutto in 1970s made a policy on how to make Pakistan nuclear. Had he just fooled himself (and others) with verbal patriotism and pride (like you did), we would have been under attack. All of us need to come out of rhetoric and start thinking on policy making (and institutional strengthening in Pakistan).

    We need leverages and policies of international importance. To have a good repute amongst the comity of nations, and to have friendly nations is a good tool and media plays an important role in that. Having said that, please revisit your opinion and let us welcome Jemima in Pakistan.


  • Khalid
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:39PM

    I would rather go for late Madhubala , no joke, according to the constitution it is OK for a dead person to be prime minister of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:33PM

    I wouldn’t worry as much if it was Lahore!Recommend

  • nwaq
    Oct 28, 2011 - 2:36PM

    @Khalid can we be categorized among proud nations?where likes of Rehman Maliks are given HONRARY degrees and we simply sit and let it happen.Imran khan is doing a noble task of saving Pakistan and if Jemmima has come around to help what is the harm,b large hearted.


  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:36PM

    are you from Waziristan and when was the last time you went there and actually saw militants being killed by drones.

    Atleast produce some facts, some convincing arguments rather than being a mouthpeice of CIA and American Administration.


  • M Rahman
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:40PM

    being proud does not mean that we stop accepting external support for our cause!


  • Asghar
    Oct 28, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Good to see Jamima Khan especially when we are sleeping. We need to support Imran. We need fair leadership if you people want to see Pakistan in the map of the world. Otherwise our leaders will sell Pakistan for few dollars.


  • Tanya
    Oct 29, 2011 - 1:41AM

    why dont they just get back together, they were perfect for each other :)


  • grain2315
    Oct 29, 2011 - 3:02AM

    i wonder what the religious nuts think of this dynamic duo?? Pakistan needs all the support it can get from any and all quarters.


  • MarkH
    Oct 29, 2011 - 4:30AM

    If they were targeting non-militants I can think of a number extremely annoying people that probably wouldn’t be alive.
    Even from a detached perspective, there’s just nothing to be gained from it. If they were hitting civilians, the US itself would stop it without outside influence.
    Just like most jobs, performance matters in whether or not you keep your job. Missiles and drones cost money. The primary target is militants. That should not be debatable regardless of your opinion of the US. You’ve got to be pretty dumb to not think it’s at the top of the list. Hitting civilians means the person doing the firing is not doing his job. He’d be replaced.

    Both from a human perspective and objective one, anyone who thinks they’re being targeted is not mentally competent enough to lead any country if they can’t even look at such a simple situation as whole. Nothing with humans is ever a straight line. You have to factor in every last aspect.

    He’s already failing to deliver without being elected. You can say you want change but if your focus are situations that don’t actually exist in reality it’s the same as doing nothing.


  • nommy
    Oct 29, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Good to see you again, because she is not linked with our other so called leaders wives. We all welcome to her and good wishes for her that she is great supporters of imran khan in all fields except her family background and status and indirectly sincere with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Jemima shouldn’t be so dare-devil as to walk and move around without adeaquate security during her stay in pakistan. Pakistan is already facing neck-deep problems and any untoward incident, such as her feared kidnap for ransom will put her former hubby in trouble. This is just a friendly advice for her own safety.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 29, 2011 - 11:54PM

    You are a brave and God fearing lady and your charity works both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are known to all. Be careful from your ex husband Mr. Imran Khan who is now not less than a Drone himself. I hope you will ask him not to show any sympathy to terrorists both homegrown and those in Afghanistan.


  • Arsalan
    Oct 29, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Why was there a need to mention “Jemima has previously faced accusations of smuggling in Pakistan,” at the end of the article? It had nothing to do with the rest of the message. Additionally, the writer just threw our the claim, without any substantiation whatsoever. Completely unprofessional, and something that should be checked by the Tribune.

    Thank you for your support Jemima. Wish that this country had let you stay. The vast majority of people have great respect for the contributions of your family to Pakistan.


  • Pity
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:07AM

    Mark H

    Your rather bureaucratic argument fails to take into consideration that it may be possible for the operator of the drone to fire at a place thought to have militants and in the process kill civilians because A) there was no militants and all civilians or B) there were a few militants with thrice the number of innocent civilians or C) i frankly dont need a C given the above two and the empirical data in support of them. You talk as if you havent destroyed Iraq in the process of looking for Saddam, or Afghanistan for Bin Laden or even Libya for Gaddafi, and the many different countries around the world before them.( I say you because what you wrote seems to give the impression that you are from the Armed forces of the U.S, and i have met many a propagandized individuals from the same). Anywho COLLATTERAL DAMAGE in which INNOCENTS DIE is Criminal, especially when there are other ways of dealing with the menace. And the Pakistanis apologizing with their twisted logics are as disgusting as the menace itself.


  • Khan
    Nov 2, 2011 - 11:16AM

    This is not good for us and muslims thery are seprated and they could not meet again according to islam.


  • SE
    Nov 2, 2011 - 5:41PM

    She has done along with Clive Smith


  • fazal rabbi afridi
    Nov 3, 2011 - 2:06PM

    @Saima A. Shaikh:
    salam how are u?


  • A.Khan
    Nov 10, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Drone thing has to be solved involving international entities. Imran can do this the best. He has the most potential for globalisation. When you will be connected globally all the problems will be gone automatically.


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