PTI spokesperson denies reports of Imran’s third marriage
Party spokesperson Naeemul Haq said decision regarding Khan’s marriage will be taken by his family. He declared all reports about Khan’s getting married as speculative and false.
At the same time, Haq said PTI chief had expressed wish, in conversation with sisters some time ago, to get marry again. But no decision has been taken in this regard.
“Accepting defeat is not in my blood, but the only thing to regret is that I could not yet find a worthy missy,” said Khan in a recent interview to Indian newspaper.
He said his belief in marriage had become stronger now and he would be cautious while doing a third marriage.
“Marrying at the age of 60 will not be same as marrying at the age of 30,” he however admitted.
He said life was unpredictable. Nobody knew what could happen the next day.
The chairman PTI said he had consulted his children before his second marriage (with former BBC broadcaster Reham Khan) as he was facing some issues.
“Now, the children will accept my decision of third marriage because they are aware that I live alone which is not an easy thing,” he said.
Imran Khan also expressed remorse that there was nobody in his life as yet whom he could deem fit for marrying.
Imran ends wedlock
Imran and Rehma had entered a wedlock on January 8, 2015. Their Nikkah ceremony (marital contract) had taken place at Bani Gala.
Khan is the father of two sons from his previous marriage to British socialite Jemima Goldsmith.
They divorced in 2004, allegedly over the difficulties Jemima faced in Pakistan, where she was hounded for her family’s Jewish ancestry, and his obsession with politics.
Born in 1952 in Lahore into a comfortable family with origins in the Pashtun northwest, he was educated at Aitchison College, the Eton of Pakistan, boarding school in England, and then Oxford University.
He became one of the world’s greatest ever all-rounders — a fearsome fast bowler and dangerous batsman — whose finest hour came at the 1992 World Cup, where at the age of 39 he led an inexperienced team to the title.
AFP adds: Loved by millions across the cricket-obsessed nation for winning Pakistan its only World Cup in 1992, Khan’s sporting prowess and rugged good looks also brought him international celebrity in a country lacking glamour.
He was considered his country’s most eligible man until he suddenly announced his plans to marry shortly after launching a movement to topple the government in August 2014, which he called off in December after a Taliban attack on a school that killed 150 people.
Criticism on Reham for cashing in on Imran’s popularity
Reham Khan, host of a local TV talk show, was widely criticised after she appeared at public meetings of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party, with opponents accusing her of seeking to boost her own profile through her husband’s fame.
She found particularly harsh reception in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, governed by PTI.
She also sparked controversy after it emerged that she had not actually attended a college where she claimed to be a student on her website.
There had been reports Imran Khan’s family was unhappy with his choice of bride.