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July 13, 2018

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Can prove in court what’s written in book: Reham

LONDON: Reham Khan, former wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and a TV presenter, said she could prove in the court what she had written in her autobiography, released by Amazon in paperback in the UK and select territories.

Reham said so in a detailed interview with anchorperson Muneeb Farooq on Geo News' show 'Aapas Ki Baat' on Thursday. Asked about the timing of her book's launch, she said she is not concerned how people view it and only knew of her intentions with which the book was written.

"My intention and motivation [in writing the book] has been of rectification," Reham maintained. "Because I was aware of so many things about life and people, yet was unaware of them. I felt that I was ignorant...and there would be so many people like me for whom it would be an eye-opener, even for those living in England."

She also said her family used to think of her as an intelligent person, but their views have changed because of her decisions. Asked why she thought of this "rectification" after divorce from Imran, the former TV presenter replied: "I should have written the book by the time of my first divorce. I did not, like so many others, for the sake of saving my job, my children were still young and I did not want to disclose where did I live.

I was not even empowered and I did not even think that it could be helpful to some young girl and she might be able to make better decisions." "I do regret it that I should have written it at that time," she added.

Responding to a question about her profile elevation after her marriage and subsequent divorce from the PTI chairman, Reham said: "Obviously, [my] profile increased, I got a major platform; I had been married to Pakistan's only celebrity. I have utilised every platform I found for someone's betterment." Terming her decision to marry the PTI chairman a "huge mistake", she said she also found it difficult to forgive herself. "I have held my hands up and said that this intelligence I don't have..... It was even difficult for me to forgive myself for such a huge mistake. "I would term my marriage with Imran an incident. It wasn't a pleasant experience," the former TV presenter said when again asked about her 'mistake' comment. She, however, said she has no hatred for anyone, be it her first husband or Imran. "I don't have a vendetta or hatred against anyone, not against my first husband, not against Imran or other individuals involved in this."

Asked about the perception that the purpose of publishing this book is to politically damage the PTI chairman, Reham said: "No, that's not the reason. But you are free to shape any opinion about myself. This is my exposé rather than the men I have married."

During the interview, the former TV presenter was also questioned about Imran's confessions pertaining to other women, as she claimed in her book, and if she ever threatened him of making them public. "I didn't marry [him] with this intent...I could not have even imagined that we would ever be separated," she replied.

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