Weeks after a solitary press statement announced their divorce, Reham Khan told a British newspaper that her 10-month marriage with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan collapsed owing to a possible conspiracy and a “witch-hunt” in addition to compatibility issues with the ‘Kaptaan’.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Reham defended herself against accusations of “hitting” Imran, “poisoning him with rat poison” and being an “MI6 spy” as she described the “painful” and “disturbing experience” of a public witch-hunt against her.
Reham says since she did not know him before marriage, her experience of moving in with Imran in his “bachelor pad” was full of shock. She says the house was in a terrible state with Imran surviving on one chapatti a day and eating “raw porridge”.
Asked whether she had shut out Imran’s beloved pet from the bedroom, Reham denies the rumour. “His dog was in love with me.”
Trouble with party members
One of the reasons cited for their split was her growing role in the party.
“I was told specifically by a senior adviser that they basically wanted me to be in the kitchen, to be cooking chapatis and not to be seen ever again.”
She also denied reports that Imran had texted her ‘Talaq’ three times to end the marriage, maintaining that they had mutually decided it.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.