Caught in the act: Reham alters university name on official website

Published: July 15, 2015
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman’s wife Reham Khan was quick to respond to a British newspaper’s report on her educational qualifications on Wednesday.

However, she was also quick to change the name of her university on her official website after initially dismissing Daily Mail’s fake degree allegations.

However, later Reham tweeted a statement for the media clarifying her educational qualifications.

The former BBC journalist took to social networking site, Twitter, claiming, “This morning is a great example of why I have never picked up the Daily Mail and why I don’t watch Pakistani TV channels.”

https://twitter.com/RehamKhan1/status/621228261972946945

But Reham, did not stop there. Without naming or referring to anyone, the PTI chairman’s wife said, “A few people have an agenda and media is promoting their senseless propaganda.”

However, she didn’t directly address claims made in the story, including one which pointed out that university she enrolled in didn’t even offer a ‘Broadcast Journalism’ course.

Read: The case of Reham Khan’s ‘fake’ journalism degree

Further, Reham tweeted an image of her website explaining her education and work career. It was on this website which Reham had said, “I have obtained my degree in Broadcast Journalism from North Lindsey College.”

https://twitter.com/RehamKhan1/status/621234385996484608

Earlier today, Daily Mail published a report stating that officials at North Lindsey said 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.’

However, undeterred by the reports, Reham said, “If you try to address real pertinent issues in Pakistan a select lobby will attack you. It comes with the domain. Does not, will not deter me.”

Ever since her marriage to the PTI chief, allegations have rocked their relationship. Earlier, soon after their marriage, Reham’s first husband had rubbished her allegations of being a victim of domestic violence.

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

She was even a topic of uproar in Parliament as opposition staged a walk out from the National Assembly session in June as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA took a jab at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s wife, Reham Khan.

Read: Opposition uproar in NA as Reham Khan’s ‘helicopter use’ becomes topic of discussion

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Nk
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:42PM

    So no denial. No reinforcing that she did in fact complete her degree. No statement along the lines of “here’s a certified copy of my degree”. Yep her and IK are made for each other. None of them addresses the real cause of a problem and just automatically plays the victim blaming everyone else. If this is the same logic that IK is hoping to use as pm I sincerely think he will be the worst thing to happen to this country. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:48PM

    She totally skipped the issue! Does she have a fake degree?? I think so.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jul 15, 2015 - 3:49PM

    After some days she will accept – don’t worry just wait. The biggest issue with this nation is “Its political leaders and people related to them are big liers”.Recommend

  • MASOOM
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Brutus u too!Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:33PM

    Suffice to say that this match was made in heaven. One is an even bigger liar than the other. She does not watch Pakistani channels which infers that she is not too impressed by our media standards. Yet she has been channel-hopping for the last two years struggling to settle down and make her mark in Pakistani media. Sheer hypocrisy.

    The outburst against Pakistani media by this lady is actually a slap on the face (deservedly so) on our electronic media that has been giving undue and incessant coverage to these maniacs for the last so many months – from kulfis to niharis to selfies to Peshwari chappalsRecommend

  • Oyeeekhan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:33PM

    Rigging….!!Recommend

  • Soraya
    Jul 15, 2015 - 4:40PM

    For goodness sake, people need to stop this frenzy…
    Nowhere has Reham said this was a degree course. Its just a short post grad likely to be a diploma that was to help her into Journalism, which it quite evidently did possibly without here not even having completed.
    I simply cannot understand what it is that people don’t understand.
    Reham Khan has a Bachelors degree in Education…whats the big deal if she enrolled onto some short course to get onto the Journalism career route?

    Has it occurred that the BBC also does checks, and evidently, Reham fulfilled the criteria!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jul 15, 2015 - 5:16PM

    @Soraya:

    I simply cannot understand what it is that people don’t understand.
    Reham Khan has a Bachelors degree in Education.

    There is no such degree in education as well! It is not the question of a degree, but the credibility of a plagarist. Her degree is as fake as the name of her husband; he certainly is no khan either!

    Rex Minor .Recommend

  • Imtiyaz
    Jul 15, 2015 - 5:27PM

    These people must think the public are stupid and also she blames pakistan which is very strange due to the fact the university stated she did not attend and a uk newspaper mentioned so how is that pakitans fault and why then change university name on her page but what do except wen the couple lied about getting marriedRecommend

  • Ih
    Jul 15, 2015 - 5:40PM

    When you enter a political arena as a spouse. Your will be scrutinized. You know it. is norm in the west. Best not to overstate your background as all is well documented. She should straighten the record truthfully. Get it behind . I am really sorry to see she has unnecessarily made herself controversial subject . Good luck Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jul 15, 2015 - 6:08PM

    “Allah nay banai jodi.” I agree.Recommend

  • Sarah Khan
    Jul 15, 2015 - 6:58PM

    @soraya the problem is not that she got degree or a diploma, the problem is that she lied about the place she got it from. And if it wasn’t a lie then why change the text and the name of the institute on the website.Recommend

  • Imran Khan Jr
    Jul 15, 2015 - 7:28PM

    So what if she has a fake degree? She is real and IK is happy. That is what matters.Recommend

  • tajamal
    Jul 15, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Why her fake degree is headline in our news, she is neither MNA nor any govt employee. Unnecessary criticism by hypocrite n west puppet media.Recommend

  • Pak_Patriot
    Jul 15, 2015 - 7:46PM

    A hue and cry over nothing. She never claimed to have a degree, she says she has a diploma in Broadcast Media from the Grimsby institute Media Centre. She even mentioned the course code (0506BC34) so why don’t you call up Grimsby and confirm what was the course with this code back in 2005/6 when she undertook it, instead of jumping to uninformed conclusions.

    By the way, both these institutes North Lindsey College and Grimsby Institute are part of the same Lincolnshire network. Both equally obscure. So the details on her website mentioned the wrong campus. Big deal. Get on with life.Recommend

  • Siraj Ahmed
    Jul 15, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Another big lie is she was ‘BBC journalist’. No. She never was.
    She did come as ‘weather reporter’ on few occasions on local TV which are BBC affiliates (NOT BBC).Recommend

  • Pak_Patriot
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:07PM

    @Siraj Ahmed: “She then moved to the BBC where she worked as a weather girl and as a presenter on news show South Today.”

    Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/who-imran-khans-new-wife-4898968Recommend

  • ali
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:39PM

    Another victim of AxactRecommend

  • salman ahmed
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:47PM

    @Siraj Ahmed:
    These are all part of BBC and funded by the British license fees / taxpayer.
    :-))Recommend

  • salman ahmed
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:49PM

    @Pak_Patriot: Exactly….as was the case with much of reporting today, facts have been totally overlooked by people such as..
    @Siraj Ahmed: Recommend

  • jane
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:04AM

    so how can she start a course which was never offered by a college? Also she is saying that whenever issues are addressed a lobby defames her. Oh !! so you can file court case against daily mail. Recommend

  • jane
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Does not watch Pakistani channels which gave months of live coverage to Imran Khan. You were not watching then as well?Recommend

  • jane
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:07AM

    so you did not pick daily mail or daily mail did not pick you? so you do not watch Pakistani channels but make a good earning out of hosting, interviews, why so? first murad saaed and now reham what a shame for our country these public figures have become.Recommend

  • Jahan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:45AM

    Is she a public office holder? That her degree is so important?Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:50AM

    Now this is called real “Tabdeeli”. Recommend

  • Afaiyaz
    Jul 16, 2015 - 1:00AM

    Wonder when ET will do a profile on Marium Nawaz. Such a biased source of news.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 16, 2015 - 1:55AM

    Would you please get some education. North lindsey college is an accredited college to north linconshire consortium/university and it has been mentioned on website as well. It is same as if you are studying in “NUML” and get a degree from that accredited canadian university.Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jul 16, 2015 - 2:49AM

    I am reminded of “The Emperor has no clothes”.Recommend

  • Bibi
    Jul 16, 2015 - 3:10AM

    Ah! Aham! well, aaa….. PTI exposed!Recommend

  • YellowCark
    Jul 16, 2015 - 4:06AM

    ET has some beef against Reham Khan. Few days ago I read a news on ET that Reham Khan is entering politics when IK clearly dismissed of that happening. How come they have never scrutinized the PhD of Marium Nawaz.Recommend

  • Daddy
    Jul 16, 2015 - 4:55AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    people have stopped reading that paper where your name appears in this section. For a short while leave your job at Raiwind and think of better things. Sychophancy does not help for long as you might have noticed from your mentor Perv Rashid.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jul 16, 2015 - 5:00AM

    Her only problem is that she wants public attention out of sheer habit. It would be better for everyone that she confines her hobbies and interests to Bani Gala or private circle. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 16, 2015 - 5:47AM

    @Siraj Ahmed My do you worry about fake digress and lies about working in BBC as reporter. She found a man who inspires to be PM and then she will become First Lady and travel all around the world like Nawaza. Pair have many things in common. Both are lairs. First IK denied having a child from Seeta White but later some what accepted it. His political career is full of lies. If his wife even say that she is Phd so what.. It is a norm of Pakistani political life style: Recommend

  • masoom
    Jul 16, 2015 - 5:57AM

    Plz don,t underestimate,although fake but not local ,is imported that too from UK!Recommend

  • Itwasntme
    Jul 16, 2015 - 6:14AM

    Did Reham khan lie about her degree? AXACTLY! After all we live in a country where “degree, degree hoti hai”.

    Sadly voted for PTI, and they are a total disaster! DENTIST Clowns with a social media team looking always playing the blame game with no concrete plan!Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:19AM

    @Daddy:
    You nailed it!!Recommend

  • Golda Meir
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:53AM

    a corrupt country breeds corrupted people… Recommend

  • Ozair
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:57AM

    Why doesn’t ET do an article on the 200 Rs tax payment made by Mrs Nawaz Sharif who is own of two sugar mills?Recommend

  • adnan khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:23AM

    One of the problems with our nation is that we never concede our defeat rather we make vicious plan to ruin the winner’s reputation. The fake degree of Mrs. Imran has become burning issue and media has further hyped the issue which i think the worst part of the media’s deliverance. I do not know why people of this nation always take interest on trivial matters. One should raise voice only in case of holding public position by her for which she is required to be qualified. I am not a supporter of PTI but I prefer this party as it is at least one step better then earlier dominions and I am staunch supporter of change. I suggest that we should focus on core issues of this country rather than indulge in useless blaming game which leads to nowhere. We have already suffered too much and now we are not in the position to further lose.Think….. Recommend

  • dr. khurram waqas
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:30AM

    Reham khan has abeen degree reham khan dosent have a degree…. Seriously who gives a damn? I am a citizen of Pakistan and not her tutor that I would be disappointed in her achievements……. Yes the issue would become pertinent to me if she uses the “said” degree to score a political post or office…. Like some one else we know!Recommend

  • Tariq Burki
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:54AM

    Some Pakistani politicians are doing the role of Shaitaan no need to work by shaitaan himself as he has numbers of representative

    As far as the question of Reham Khan’s of Degree is concerned what happened to Maryyam Nawaz Ph.D kindly also comment on this issue too if you have time to play the role of shaitaan more effectivelyRecommend

  • Ayaz
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:40AM

    Em, well just doing some basic internet research will tell you all that her website still states the original claim (http://www.rehamkhanofficial.com/#!early/c1nke):

    “Although her Bachelors is in Education and she had started a post graduate in Sociology, a change in personal circumstances allowed her to follow her dream of working in Media. She started a postgraduate in Broadcast Media at the Grimsby Institute, North East Lincolnshire in 2005 and undertook a 4 week placement with the BBC as part of the intesive course. To fund the course, she started looking for jobs, eventually recieving an offer from LegalTV. After delivering highly impressive results within a month, her position was made permanent.”

    Also, if you may go to the following link, you will see that Grimsby offers a diploma in journalism: http://www.grimsby.ac.uk/highereducation/documents/Level3DiplomainJournalism.pdf

    So before going all Pakistani, at least google and research before just posting things.Recommend

  • observer
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:46AM

    @Ashraf:

    “She totally skipped the issue! Does she have a fake degree?? I think so.”

    May be she has a degree from one of the great Axact universities.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:51AM

    @Daddy:

    My sycophancy notwithstanding or the fact that folks don’t want to read the paper in which my name appears, you still haven’t made a tangible case for yourself.

    @Ebaad,

    You need to come up with something of your own instead of riding on someone else’s coattail. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:19PM

    @Ayaz:
    According to this article Mr Ayaz,the claim was altered. Piece of advise, you should too read an article before commenting on it.Recommend

  • asma
    Jul 17, 2015 - 5:23AM

    @Jahan:
    she lied about her qualifications. …and that’s important as it shows her character.Recommend

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