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From Jemima to Reham, a view on Imran Khan’s married life


Though Imran Khan had a long list of girlfriends in his youth, he finally got married to Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith, the eldest child of Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart and financier Sir James Goldsmith, on 16 May 1995 in a traditional Islamic ceremony in Paris.

They also had a civil ceremony on 21 June 1995 at the Richmond Register Office.

A few months before her wedding, she converted to Islam. In Lahore, she learned to speak Urdu and also wore traditional Pakistani clothes.

Prior to her conversion to Islam, she was technically Anglican but “was made familiar with Jewish traditions”, since her paternal grandfather Frank Goldsmith was German Jewish.

 During her marriage, her Jewish heritage was used by Imran Khan’s political opponents to question their credibility in Pakistani politics, especially concerning accusations that they supported the Jewish lobby.

Imran Khan from her marriage with Jemima has two sons: Sulaiman Isa (born 1996) and Qasim (born 1999), and retained Khan as her family name till January 2015 when Imran Khan remarried.


On 22 June 2004, it was announced that the couple had divorced ending the nine-year marriage because it was “difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan”. The marriage ended amicably.

Imran has said the six months leading to the divorce and the six months after were the hardest year of his life.

Imran Khan & Reham Khan (January 8 2015- October 30 2015)

Imran Khan stayed alone for more 11 years striving for his political career, when he finally met Reham Khan during Dharna Days in last days of 2014 and proposed her for marriage.

It was very interesting way, as described by Reham Khan.

‘The question that IK popped was not the standard ‘Will you marry me?’

The PTI Chairman instead asked for the full name of her parents.

“Na jaan, na pehchaan, and here he was asking for my parents’ name!” she recalls, “I demanded to know why he was asking.”

IK didn’t beat about the bush in his answer: he plainly revealed that he wanted to have someone perform an istakhara (a special prayer for determining the best course of action before a decision)… to determine if she was the right woman for him.

“He didn’t even ask if I’m interested,” she exclaims. “So I gave him a lecture, which was contrary to what he’s used to, so he was quite shocked. Among other things, I told him that an istakhara should be performed by oneself, not others!”

Khan sahab then resorted to praise of his to-be wife, which seems to have scored him some points.

“You don’t have a price,” he said, “I like you for your khuddari.”

“I was, of course, shocked by his proposal. What struck me was when he spoke about Sulaiman, his eldest son. We see Imran as an aggressive, confident, macho kind of man, but when he talked about Sulaiman, there was a softness in his eyes that really appealed to me. Imran Khan is an exceptional father. And I realised that there is more to this man than what is on TV.”

Imran and Reham tied knot on January 8 2015.

The nikkah, which was a low-key affair, was conducted by Mufi Saeed and was followed by a photo session of the newly-weds. During the ceremony, the Haq Mehr was set at Rs100,000.

Reham was seen with Imran in many political gatherings and played an active role in social work and politics, but this was the things Imran Khan did not like.

He wanted Reham to keep her focus to social work only, because  of his principals, he did not want to instrumental to family politics by giving to her wife after being so much critical on her opponents for the same.

The marriage could not last long as just after 9 months and 22 days, both parted their ways with mutual consent.

Imran Khan requested media and people from his twitter handle not to exaggerate the issue by calling it a personal matter.

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