The case of Reham Khan's 'fake' journalism degree

Published: July 15, 2015


A British newspaper on Wednesday called into question the educational qualifications of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman’s wife Reham Khan.

Reham kicked off her career at the BBC after studying a postgraduate course ‘in Broadcast Journalism at North Lindsay [sic] College’, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, according to her own official website.

Reham’s personal website states that she became a reporter on the BBC regional show South Today after starting a postgraduate course ‘in Broadcast Journalism at North Lindsay [sic] College’. However, according to officials at North Lindsey, it has never offered such a course.

“Reham Khan has not been truthful about her qualification,” said the British newspaper that first disclosed the news of her marriage with the PTI chief.

Further, the college reportedly denied enrolling any student by the name ‘Reham Khan’.

‘We do not have anyone by those names or date of birth having attended this college,’ said a spokesperson for the college and added: ‘We have never done a degree in broadcast journalism.’

PTI leader Nazia Rabbani however out rightly denied the media reports and said Reham will herself clarify this issue.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Asif aka DJ Butt, the famour DJ known for dominating the music scene at the PTI sit-in in Islamabad last year, said a false propaganda was being waged against Reham Khan.

The PTI chief’s new wife who hails from the Hazara Division is currently employed as an anchor for a private television channel in Pakistan.

Read: Reham Khan: From Hazara to Bani Gala

However, this is not the first marriage for the newlywed Reham. She was previously married to her first cousin Ejazur Rehman when she was just 19 years old. Her cousin and former husband was 33 at the time.

Her first marriage ended five years ago after the couple developed differences over Reham’s job at the BBC, according to her family. Like Imran, Reham also has children from her previous marriage – three – all of whom live with their father in England.

However, the honeymoon period for newly weds Imran and Reham didn’t last too long. While the PTI chief was dealing with protesting parents at Peshawar’s Army Public School, Reham embroiled herself in a bitter war of words with her former husband psychiatrist Dr Ijaz Rehman over claims of domestic violence.

Imran’s new wife, Reham, 41, said she had been a victim of domestic violence during her marriage to the 54-year-old psychiatrist with whom she has three children, Daily Mail reported.

However, talking exclusively to The Express Tribune, Rehman rubbished Reham’s claims point by point.

Read: Reham’s ex-husband responds to domestic abuse allegations

Of late, Reham has teamed up with Imran Raza Kazmi to produce Jaanan, a romantic-comedy about a Pashtun family, slated to release on Eidul Fitr next year.

Reham says she’s open to working with new talent, bringing out the best her country has to offer. On working with Kazmi, she states, “It gives me even more courage to stand tall and not allow any negativity to be a hindrance in way of what I want to achieve.”

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  • Abid
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:49AM

    ET…this is too yellow a journalism….Recommend

  • Saher
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:00AM

    Of course, because before her marriage she was not “Reham Khan”, the institute obviously couldn’t have guessed her husband then and enroll her with that name. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:00AM

    A liar meets liar-end of the story.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:06AM

    As mentioned on her website (The SOURCE of her Degree Information) “She started a postgraduate in Broadcast Journalism at North Lindsay College and did a 4 week placement with the BBC as part of the course.”

    so where does it say she completed the course? it clearly says:

    “she had started a post graduate in Sociology, a change in personal circumstances allowed her to follow her dream of working in Media”Recommend

  • Saud
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:14AM

    This is news?Recommend

  • Ayesha Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:20AM

    It’s about time and better opportunity for Mrs.Khan to clear this up ASAP- sadly, her interviewing skills have never been that impressive and clearly show lack of training-she is a good talker but not a good listener- I have always questioned her educational credentials and never found any credible information related to her degree- if you google any well known anchor, you will immediately see info on his/her educational background, for example , Mishal Hussain, a reputable and ‘real’ senior news broadcaster at BBC graduated from Cambridge and more- Another local news anchor, Mehar Bukhari, not a fan of her but at least you will see that she graduated from university of Waterloo, a well recognized university in Ontario,Canada! Truth is truth and it’s ok to have only a diploma in journalism but be true to yourself because in this day and age it’s really hard to pretend to be some one else- Recommend

  • Layman
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:27AM

    hmmmm, so she got her education in England and started job in BBC who never bothered to check her credentials back then and while all this time when she was in BBC this news paper was also not worried about her qualifications, ET publish our comments also, is your comment section only reserved for people like adnan siddiquie whose comments despite very offensive always makes it here and whereas people like us leave our comment only to be censored by your biased mods..Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:29AM

    Unbelievable !! Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Reason why so many people have fake degrees in Pakistan is because we are only good at Islamic studies. Modern education does not suit us.Recommend

  • Prof Ansari
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:34AM

    This is a poor and false journalism!

    She never said she received a degree from that college, as indicated by your headline.

    She tweeted that she attended a course from that college.Recommend

  • uff
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:50AM

    All you PTI jialas, it is irrelevant whether she claims to have completed it or not. Just tell me something, how could one even attend a few weeks course in a subject that has never been offered by the college..The college says they have never had broadcast journalism so how did she attend a non-existent program????? and someone points out a wonderful logic that Reham Khan’s name might have changed..the fact is that her name was already Reham Khan and even if it might have changed, they could at least match her first name or you are telling me, she changed her first name after marriage as well?????????Recommend

  • Jan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:51AM

    She claims to have started a course at the said college got a degree or not but she should be on the list of enrolled.Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:01PM

    But u forgot to read there is no such degree at yhis college and no student even with similar date of birth…Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:03PM

    But the collegw does not even offer this course.. So where has she started??Recommend

  • jane
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:22PM

    How can she start a course at college which is not offered by it? liar meets liar, right on target.Recommend

  • nk
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:22PM

    welcome to naya pakistan – which is only naya because its different than purana pakistan – in a worse way.

    Lets see the PTI spin doctors now coming up with all kinds of excuses for this. Or they might just ignore this all together. The ostrich mentality.

    You can already see PTI’s media team at work because all PTI followers have started regurgitating the same propaganda that the PTI team puts out on twitter. 1) She said she STARTED the program, not that she finished it. and 2) she changed her name

    If these brainless followers took one moment to consider this, they would realize 1) its still false representation. She put it in such a way to make it seem like she got a degree. saying “attended” is equated in the english language as having graduated. Also, if the course doesn’t exist how can she even attend it? and 2) Her name has always been Reham Khan i beleive. unless she took her husbands last name, and then changed it back after divorce. thats certainly somethign that could be looked into.Recommend

  • Aila
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:30PM

    Reham never said she completed the degree, so fail to understand what the fuss is about. Slow news day ET?Recommend

  • Shoab Sheikh
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:40PM

    This is why Axact issued degrees on life experience. Based on Reham Khan’s life experience she could easily earn a legit degree from any one of our three dozen, reputed and accredited universities. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Sad state of affairs for the fan club party. After gold medal winner Murad Speed, the gold digger Reham also bites the dust.Recommend

  • Ex-PTI
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:53PM

    The University says that they have NEVER offered any such course. It is not a question of whether she completed it. She didn’t even start the course because the course does not exist.Recommend

  • Azzy
    Jul 15, 2015 - 12:58PM

    The college says they never ever offered any such course. And her name has always been Reham Khan, Or did she change her first name?Recommend

  • fateh alam
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:01PM

    Its not a point whether Reham dida Degree course in Broadcast from the said institute.

    Tha point of worry and concern is the Denial by the said institution,regarding Non existance of such a course in their institution?This must be clarified ,by Reham herself,being a Public figure
    and effect her imageRecommend

  • asad khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:20PM

    **She is an oppertunist and gold digger. She does not let her kids meet thier father, eats/earns in pakistan and always disregards Pakistan and now fake degree. Why nation is not surprised??”Recommend

  • Dija
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:28PM

    @Layman – I completely agree with your comments; infact this should have been raised by the Media also who seems to blindly following only one aspect and are busy maligning our own citizen….WAKE UP MEDIA AND PLAY A RESPONSIBLE ROLE….. Recommend

  • imran
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:36PM

    my gut feeling was, she is too good to be TRUE, sometimes ghost of ur past come to haunt u and another feeling i hv there is few more skeleton in the cupboard longing to come out or will be dragged out !!!
    btw i feel amused by the PTI supporter arguments defending the indefensible……..Recommend

  • Hisham
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Please contact Axact to verify her degree. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:53PM

    I am reminiscing those golden words of Khawaja Asif right now which he showered on PTI in that infamous session of the parliament.Recommend

  • farhan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Well done.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:14PM

    I have worked for BBC in the past, I know how strictly they check personal and job references and educational qualification even you have to explain the gap in your work or education history.

    Having said that anyone during or gap year break in degree can work for BBC.

    In UK colleges dont issue degrees, affiliated Universities issue degrees!
    Anyone checked what is the official name of Reham Khan? ie in her ID or voting list? that name counts as it could be different from Reham Khan.

    Anyway she is not holding any public office, i wonder how many of Pakistan media anchors actually hold broadcasting degrees? They all bunch of ex newspaper reporter without relevant degrees. Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:37PM

    She’s got the looks!
    Who cares about her education?
    Devastated and ashamed. Oh, Pakistan.Recommend

  • khaptaaan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:43PM

    I think its a perfect match. IK himself is a big lair as we all know,.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:44PM

    In defense of MQM; PTI has been preaching MQM for the last one month to sue Owen Bennett Jones and BBC for that infamous story. Now then, can PTI hire a reputed barrister specializing in defamation litigation and sue the living daylights out of Daily Mail?Recommend

  • Noor Bano
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:56PM

    Reham Khan is such a sweet lady, everyone is jealous of her. Pakistan needs her, she is our future first lady please respect her.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:56PM

    So…..was Exact involved ?Recommend

  • JB
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:59PM

    Why do we care about her degrees? Shes not part of the Government!! How can people forget the more pressing issues…like the PM of Pakistan being named in the NAB cases????Recommend

  • Azhar
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:03PM

    What a sick logic… what Islam has to do with it. I got basic islamic education and a Doctorate in Nanotechnology, i am proud of both and want to have a specialized course on islam. Whats wrong in that.Recommend

    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Future first lady with a fake degree. We believe BBC like a gospel when it says negative about MQM but when BBC says negative about Reham Khan we do not want to believe it. Probably we are fake people and we deserve such fake people at our helm of affairs. Recommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:15PM

    The institution further stated it never offered that particular course which she claimed she received a degree in !! How do you explain that, Sherlock ?Recommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:19PM

    @Shoab Sheikh:
    Such as Preston ?Recommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:24PM

    @JB: Because people like this have a way of sneaking into government office, eventually. There are numerous cases here. This particular case seem very similar to what was once claimed by our good pal, Mr Zardari…London School of Business and Management, etc..Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:24PM

    @Ayesha Khan:
    I suggest you read Waqas’ comments.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:24PM

    First her husband turned out to be a certified lunatic and now her degree turns out to be bogus. So much for Madar-e-Millat :DRecommend

  • Azam Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Lairs will be judged on the Day Of Judgement by Almighty Allah, not by you my friend.Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:36PM

    She never said that she entered that particular course. She is not holding any government post
    why is she being asked for her degree. Zardari became the president of Pakistan claiming that he studied in a school in London which did. not exist. Nawaz Sharif has corruption cases against him with NAB why don’t we look into that. Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:55PM

    i do like pti because there exist no match leader of this party and any other, but it does not mean i endorse each and and every ill in connection with imran khan even he is not responsible for that, i don’t like reham from very first day and even today, she should get her clear of the very charges reported in uk media, there is not plea bargain to get her be cleaned after submitting 7 kror to the institutionRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:06PM


    Sir, I do appreciate your post.Recommend

  • Ayesha Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:49PM

    @Azam Khan:
    Thank you for the suggestion but I don’t really read other people comments to form my own opinion-

    I learned a lot about Reham Khan when I saw her interview on Farrah Hussain’s show- She contradicted herself too many times and that tells a lot about ones’s weak personality- Again, nothing wrong with that but at least be true to yourself and do not mislead people by creating false impression- Recommend

  • Bashir
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Reham Khan is a reflection of us in a mirror. With fake degrees holders running PIA and in politics what do you expect. I am not surprised at all.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:56PM

    I think Imran Khan himself is behind this drama. She looked smarter, wiser and more ambitious than Imran Khan and was about to surpass him in party politics.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 5:00PM

    Good to expose these people. I even doubt many Pakistani male and female anchors and so-called journalists having credible journalism-credentials (of course they don’t show their degree live before starting their shows).Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 8:13PM


    Yes, it is. Read it again. The news is about her fake Journalism credentials. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 8:14PM


    ahahha. Very funny. You just made my day!!Recommend

  • Quresh
    Jul 15, 2015 - 8:50PM

    Very hard to find good and honest people in Pakistani political parties.Recommend

  • LoL
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:01PM

    Degree degree hoti hai. This is the simple answer Reham should give to her adversaries.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:36PM

    She holds no public office, is not paid with taxpayers money. Leave her be.Recommend

  • Harris
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:33PM

    “North Lindsay College was a political statement” IKRecommend

  • Pir Monafiq
    Jul 16, 2015 - 2:11AM

    In Dar ul Munafiqeen, Axact can sell fake degrees. Murad Saeed can get 3 degrees in one hour. Reham Khan can quote fake degrees on her CVRecommend

  • Malveros
    Jul 16, 2015 - 2:50AM

    Tauba Tauba. Karma Time.Recommend

  • murad
    Jul 16, 2015 - 3:30AM

    Why cant v all MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS. Allah has a name Sattar…. it means He likes this quality….if we cant follow His quality….v can atleast ignore such petty issues… Recommend

  • liaqat hamiya
    Jul 16, 2015 - 3:49AM

    This sounds like a jok. BBC allowed Reham khan to work in their organization without any certificate verification. BBC is not like Geo TV where people are working who qualified from Axact :)Recommend

  • Javaod Bashir
    Jul 16, 2015 - 5:11AM

    It ia damaging news for Ms. Reham Khan. My question is , Is there anybody left in Pakistan who does not have a fake degree. We live in an era of Information technology . We can aptly describe it Information age.

    How pathetic it can be that there is an ugly face behind the outer beauty. She has tarnished the image of Pakistani woman. She is a professional woman and must have some sense to tell lies about he academic career. She should inquired from the University whether they taught that subject or not. She has been caught in the web of her deceit and fake degree.

    Another Fake degree holder has been exposed by media. This time by Daily Telegraph. That is why she does not read it ? Well well the Said Daily stands by its report.I would not dwell on this story any further. Let us just conclude , Chickens have come home to roost.Recommend

  • Hussain
    Jul 16, 2015 - 6:03AM

    There is saying fool me one you are stupid fool me twice I am stupid. I feel bad for Imran Khan people think he’s whole carrier behind this woman’s he had already previously bad experience, politic is a dirty place and the people do anything for power and fame , that woman is already divorced and has 3 kids from previous husband . So some people make always these difficult choices this is fit to Imran Khan :-)Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 6:15AM

    Do you know how NS daughter got into king Edward medical college during Shari gov, something that was historic! Whether Reham khan has a degree or not does no matter because neither she is not was part of gov or in power or PTI for that matter. Married to chairman PTi in 2015 , however it is a big deal if current PM did illegal admission of her daughter to prestigious King Edward medical college without merit.?do some search how much she scored and how she got into king Edward though did not complete as she married captain . @Adnan Siddiqi: Recommend

  • Sana khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:07AM

    fake people are always fake no matter where they goRecommend

  • Sana khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:13AM

    She should join Dr Amir Liaqat on Geo Network. Recommend

  • faheem shah
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:45AM

    Ambitious couple can do any thing for fame.Like she changed her attire, changed her fake educational institute. Recommend

  • Javaid Bashir
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:22AM

    We thought she is the new face of Pakistani woman. But as they say it,”all that glitters is not gold” She has turned out be the worst nightmare of P T I. She is another statistics in the column of Fake degree holders. Welcome to the Club. Pretty faces give shocks. And she has given the worst shock.Recommend

  • SMD
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:29AM

    So,from news I get that the paper has questioned her qualification, which seems fair since the College she mentioned she went to didnt offer that particular course, they didnt talk about degree or whether completed the course or not.

    From comments however, I get that there are defenders of everything in Pakistan if it comes to their liked ones. The PTI and its followers are in a habit of carrying a slogan with commitment HUM KARAYN TO SARKARI TUM KARO TO GHADDARI.

    Just a few months back they use to challenge every sitting MP’s degree and qualification of PML N ministers etc, but since Murad Saeed’s exposure they have kind of kept quiet and have rather making excuses of SO WHAT why do you need his degree etc?

    While the British Newspapers and Pakistani media have not questioned her degree rather her claim to have enrolled in a program which that college never offered, it becomes every PTI workers’ responsibility to malign the British and Pakistani media that why are they doing yellow journalism.

    Just remember when PTI dharna goes on air 24/7 its patriotic but when PTI is criticised its yellow journalism, even senior journalists are accused of getting lifafas etc.

    Bravo PTI we are coming close to understand what did you mean when you said NAYA Pakistan.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:36AM

    @Prof Ansari:
    And the college/institute claimed they never offered this course!!! Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:39AM

    If this was the case with another party then PTI and uncle IK would be shouting murder. Now it’s their party so they will find a way to wriggle out.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:42AM

    @Noor Bano:
    You are funnyRecommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:35AM

    Not very surprising.Recommend

  • Simply
    Jul 18, 2015 - 9:23PM

    Whether she finished her degree or not, the truth of the matter is that the college did not even offer the course. So that’s a lie by her to begin with. Once you make a small lie, it only gets bigger because you try and cover the smaller lie with a bigger lie, She should show her degree to the world to see. What is the problem?Recommend

  • Jul 20, 2015 - 9:58AM

    ‘We do not have anyone by those names or date of birth having attended this college,’ says a spokesman. ‘We have never done a degree in broadcast journalism.’

    Read more:

    Aug 9, 2015 - 2:23PM

    She is another floozy. Who shot into limelight by virtue of her marriage to P T I Chairman Imran Khan. Both of them found each other as equal in everything the lying , deceit , self conceited fake persons . They deserve each other. Why do we have to bother whether she had a genuine or fake degree.

    Frankly, Lady I do not care or give a damn. She may as well claim that she has got degrees from Cambridge and Harvard to impress the Public. How utterly disgusting is this act ? She may not think it is not only illegal but immoral too.

    All that matters is she is ambitious and would cross all limits to succeed in politics. She has a big role to play in the party politics and sway his opinions. watch out Imran Khan this woman can crash your dreams.Recommend

  • Nazli Siddiqui
    Nov 26, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Get a life people! Why such worry about someone’s degree or divorce? Move on. You may find better things to do. Recommend

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