Imran Khan’s ex-wife Rehman sued over upcoming tell-all book

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and TV anchor Reham Khan pose for photographs after their marriage in Bani Gala, Pakistan.

As controversy brews over Imram Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan’s book, a legal notice has been served to her by her first husband, a cricket legend, a British businessman and a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf official over its contents.

The journalist’s tell-all autobiography reportedly includes details of her interactions with various celebrities and her marriage with Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician who heads the PTI. Some of those details apparently crossed a line for businessman Zulfikar Bukhari, Reham’s first husband Ijaz Rehman, cricketer Wasim Akram and PTI spokesperson Anila Khawaja.

The notice issued by British law firm Sweetman Burke and Sinker on May 30 says that each of them received copies of the manuscript for her book from an anonymous source. The book contains “a litany of malicious, false, incorrect, highly misleading, callous, wanton, tortious, prejudicial, damaging, libellous, and defamatory imputations” directed towards the filers.

It also says that actor Hamza Ali Abbasi, former lawmakers Murad Saeed and Asad Umer, former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak, senator Mohsin Aziz, PTI social media team member Umer Farooq, socialite Yousaf Salahuddin, and Zakir Khan may approach her separately with legal notices in Pakistan due to jurisdictional aspects.

The point-by-point details include “defamatory imputations” towards Bukhari, who is accused in the manuscript of arranging an abortion for a young woman allegedly impregnated by Imran Khan. Accusations about Bukhari’s violence and cruelty towards Reham are also mentioned.

The notice refers to a contradiction within the book regarding the timeline of when the alleged violent conduct began – throughout the marriage or after the birth of their first child.

The notice details some highly salacious allegations regarding Akram and his relationship with his deceased first wife, including the allegation that he was a cuckold. These are referred to as a “malicious falsehood”.

Khawaja is accused in the manuscript of having had an illicit affair with Imran Khan and of exerting enormous control over him. The notice claims Reham called her “chief of the harem” in the manuscript.

The notice provides Reham 14 days to meet several conditions to avoid further action. These include agreeing not to publish the manuscript in its current form, and to remove the alleged defamatory passages while confirming in writing to the filers that the allegations are false and defamatory and will not be repeated in the published book.

It also requires an undertaking that she will not create any further defamatory material, will provide details about the sources of her manuscript, and details of any websites where the manuscript in its current form may be posted. She has also been asked to make proposals for the payment of damages if any details from the manuscript leak online, while providing an undertaking to monitor and delete any defamatory content for which she may be responsible.

If these are not received by June 14, the law firm will advise its clients to approach the high court for an injunction to stop publication of the book and “substantial damages”.

Reham’s lawyer in Pakistan, Yasir Hamdani, said he is not aware of his client having received the notice.