Pakistan's Imran Khan did cocaine and claims to have Indian children, ex-wife Reham says
Reham Khan's eponymous tell-all memoir was published this week
13 July, 2018
Khan's eponymous tell-all memoir was published this week
makes startling claims about former cricket star
Khan's party is a major contender in the upcoming general elections
Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, did cocaine, pleasured himself to "images of male bodies" while married, and claimed he had five illegitimate children, including Indians -- or at least, that's what one of his ex-wives is saying.
Reham Khan's eponymous tell-all memoir was published this week. When a manuscript of the book was leaked online, several leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) -- which Imran leads -- accused Reham of being part of an"agenda" ahead of this month's polls. A Dawn newspaper article notes that her book's timing "will always be questioned. After all, its election time."
Imran Khan has been married three times. His first marriage in 1995, with Jemima Goldsmith, lasted nine years. They have two sons. Imran's marriage to Reham Khan, a former TV anchor, lasted 10 months. And this year, he married Bushra Maneka, his spiritual advisor.
Kamran Khan, the editor-in-chief of the Dunya Media Group, said the details in Reham's "365-page" book were "vivid" and "mind-boggling", and said the PTI should sue her "ASAP". Reham's response: "It's 563 pages not 365 pages. You are clearly reading an edited pirated version. Please pay for the original book with your rather hefty salary."
So what exactly does the book claim about the man who wants to succeed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Pakistan's prime minister? Read on to find out.
'FIVE THAT I KNOW OF'
Reham Khan says that early in her marriage with Imran, when they were talking about Tyrian White (who she claims is "universally accepted as Imran's love child"), the former cricket star said, "You know she isn't the only one I have....There are five in total, that I know of."
He said the mothers informed him, Reham claims. "Some are Indians. The eldest is 34 now," she quotes him as saying.
Imran, she adds, said one of the mothers "had been married for ages and couldn't get pregnant. She was overjoyed, promised to keep it a secret, and begged to keep it. So I said OK."
When she asked about the others, Reham claims, Imran said they never spoke up because they were married and "didn't want their marriages to be destroyed" -- and that Jemima Goldsmith knew about the children.
Reham writes that "Imran would frequently say that I shouldn't worry about his addiction because he needed a partner to do the drug...Whenever I would find traces and look disappointed, or panic about his health, he would gently say, "Baby, what do you know about drugs? You haven't done it. A line of coke [cocaine] is just like half a glass of wine"."
"The line was repeated often and was each time received with the same rolling of the eyes."
She says Khan's cousin once "delivered the banned drug Rohypnol right in front of me (also known to me as the date-rape drug). What I did not know was that the drug was not used as an aid to sleep, but as a way of assisting the comedown after the last line of coke. It helped prevent the jaw-clenching, and calm a person down so that they may get some sleep."
She later adds: "I became accustomed to checking his yellow cylindrical pill container several times a day to see what he was taking. The typical day's cocktail would generally consist of half an ecstasy tablet and one or two lumps of coke, followed by two to three sedatives at night."
Reham recounts how a friend of hers didn't realise she was married to a gay man, thinking instead that she wasn't good-looking. "I missed a lot of similar signs during my marriage," she writes.
What were these "signs"? Reham says Imran "would quickly notice and appreciate attractive men", claims she was "disturbed" by the manner in which he "spoke fondly of Saqlain Mushtaq, the Pakistani spinner known for his cute boyish smile", and speaks of his "affection" for a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker. There was also, she says, the "long-term, live-in relationship" with one Moby, whom Imran would "refer to...as a wife".
Once, she says, "while cleaning the bottom-left drawer of my husband's side table, I found empty cigar cases and huge tubes of KY jelly [a lubricant used during sex]. When I asked what they were for, Imran explained that the lubricant and the metal cases were used together. His 'preference' became clear."
She narrates how "it was embarrassing to walk into the bedroom of a husband who was pleasuring himself to images of male bodies while his wife was busy cooking in the kitchen". Imran's explanation, she says, was that he "was seriously thinking of having surgical enhancement as he felt he could do with another two inches".
Reham also claims she saw sexually explicit text messages from two women PTI leaders, Andaleeb Abbas and Uzma Kardar, on her husband's phone.
"He told me that Andaleeb was an alcoholic. Supposedly, she would hit the bottle at that time of the night, and it meant nothing. "Baby, please don't make an issue and come back to bed," he said casually, and rolled back to sleep."
Uzma Kardar, Reham says, "was not only in the habit of regularly sending him [Imran] images of her genitalia but would force her way to stand or sit next to him, even in my presence".