Reham was just another news personality until she mysteriously entered the erratic Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chairperson, Imran Khan’s life—and then as mysteriously exited it.
The two got married as the country mourned the December 16, Army Public School attack —- in a simple ceremony held on January 6 at the Bani Gala. When news of their marriage first appeared in a tabloid—it was not denied but called “highly exaggerated” by Imran Khan— while he stayed put in the Dharna which paralyzed the capital for over 120 days.
They celebrated their Valima ceremony with students of Al-Nadwa Library, and the wedding pictures took social media by a storm.
After the wedlock, the former BBC weather girl left her talk show at Dawn News— as she weighed down the consequences of hosting a current affairs show—while being the wife of a prominent politician.
Soon Reham became a regular at every gathering concerned with the PTI leader, whether it was a ceremony for APS victims, a pre-election rally or a political gathering. She supported Imran Khan like a traditional wife— with the exception that wife’s of prominent politicians have traditionally stayed away from politics.
All was well when she gave an interview to a television channel saying that she left her first husband, a Pakistani doctor, Ijaz Rehman, due to domestic abuse.
Her former husband retorted by giving an interview to British tabloid Dailymail where he said that Reham enjoyed all kinds of liberties and in fact ‘had used him like toilet paper’.
“I never raised a hand against her, even when provoked by her hysterical attacks on me during our marriage. She’s damaged my reputation just because she wanted people to feel sorry for her.”
This was perhaps just the beginning of the tough year ahead.
In July, she was caught in a fake degree case where it was alleged that she had been untruthful about her academic qualifications.
Reham’s personal website stated that she became a reporter on the BBC regional show South Today after starting a postgraduate course ‘in Broadcast Journalism at North Lindsay [sic] College’. However, according to officials at North Lindsey, it has never offered such a course.
While Reham never accepted that she had lied, she quietly changed her academic qualifications on the website.
As she played on the “Bhabhi Card’, became the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ambassador for street children and led a vehement campaign during NA-19 and NA-246 elections — party members close to Imran Khan began to consider her a threat.
In August after an outburst Imran Khan said that Reham would not attend any PTI events in the future and her profile disappeared from Twitter.
Amid all this Reham was busy directing her movie Jannan.
In October, as Reham was on her way to London to attend a conference, a spokesperson for Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, shared a Facebook post from the party’s official page announcing the divorce of the 10-month old couple.
Splashed as breaking news on national television, it was confirmed first by a tweet from Reham’s account and then Imran Khan’s account.
The way the couple got married and divorced through twitter— became something criticized by journalists.
Reham did not show graceful restraint after the divorce. She gave interviews and wrote a blog for Guardian— alleging Imran of being a chauvinist who “did not know what a deodorant was”.
After spending two months abroad, Reham returned to Pakistan on December 3, to start a new television show which was ironically named Tabdeeli.
For better or for worse, Reham will have her small share in Pakistan’s history.
An independent, single woman again we wish her a better year ahead.
*with additional input by Effat Naseer
*The story is part of our ‘most discussed persons in 2015’ list.
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