Is Imran Khan’s marriage really that important?

Published: January 8, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The media is abuzz with stories of PTI leader Imran Khan getting hitched with TV anchor and former BBC anchor Reham Khan. While we, as Pakistani citizens and political observers, can have an opinion on this news, what is really perturbing is that the media in Pakistan is giving priority to this news over other important political and national news.

I understand that the public in Pakistan is hungry for entertainment and wants to know everything about the personal lives of our celebrities, whether they come from the entertainment industry or politics, but isn’t it time the Pakistani media matured and gave prominence to news that matters? We love to criticise and scrutinise the personal lives of the high-and-mighty in our beloved country, but it is worth mentioning that Pakistan, in the recent past, has gone through a bitter and tragic period. I hope people still remember the Peshawar tragedy and the looming threat to all educational institutions given by TTP commander Mullah Fazlullah.

Shouldn’t the media focus more on educating people about how to become better citizens than giving space to what goes on in the personal lives of our politicians? I am sure Mr Khan would heave a sigh of relief if the media left him alone.

Omar Khalid Butt

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th,  2015.

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  • Aqilmund
    Jan 8, 2015 - 1:43AM

    In the personality driven politics of our country/region it is inevitable that this would garner the attention it does but it would be good if Mr. Khan was more open about such an important step For instance who purportedly performed the ceremony may shed direct light on Mr. Khan’s alliances and sympathies. His predilection towards autocratic behavior is well-documented and it would shed some light on his hear if he did in fact consult and inform his party of his decision prior to his marriage.
    In addition to the privileges that come with fame and being a public figure he surely understands there is a price you pay and lack of privacy is part and parcel of living your life in public.


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