Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan remarried in secret to a former BBC weather girl

December 31, 2014 3:34 pm

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has remarried in secret to a former BBC weather girl, according to reports in Pakistan.
The
62-year-old is believed to have tied the knot at the weekend with
Pakistani anchor Reham Khan, 41, who is a divorced mother-of-three.
She
lived in Britain for part of her previous marriage, when she was a
weather girl and presenter on the BBC regional news programme South
Today.
Rumours have been circulating for several months that the
pair are an item, and there have been reports in recent days that they
are now married.

Imran Khan’s family reportedly do not approve of his marriage.

Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith revealed
in October that she was ditching the surname “Khan” and reverting to her
family name because her ex-husband was about to remarry.

She said at the time: “My ex-husband, Imran, recently
announced that he intended to get remarried soon, which made me think
it’s probably time to change my name back to Goldsmith.”
The
couple are yet to make an official announcement – which will apparently
be forthcoming in the new year – but sources close to them have
confirmed they are married.
Another well-known news anchor in
Pakistan, Farhat Javed Rabani, Tweeted on December 27: “Ahmmm… an
anchor has married a politician today… ?#WeddingBells”
A family friend said that relatives including his sisters were against the marriage and were surprised he went ahead.

Reham Khan worked at the BBc as a weather presenter. Photo / BBC
It is believed family members and those in his political party tried talking him out of the marriage.
Leading
political commentator Dr Shahid Masood, who is a close friend of Imran
Khan, said on television that Imran neither confirmed nor denied the
news.
He added that members of Imran’s political party,
Tehreek-e-Insaf, confirmed that Reham wants to get actively get involved
with his politics and sees herself a future first lady.
Dr Masood has urged Imran to issue an official statement.
Reaction to the rumoured marriage has been very negative in Pakistan and there has been a backlash on social media.
Photos
of Reham in revealing clothes and a video of her doing a tango while
working for the BBC are prompting insulting comments in the conservative
Islamic country.
Rival political parties are jumping on the
negative reaction and believe it will harm his credibility to marry a
divorcee with an apparently chequered past.
Reham, who was born in Libya to Pakistani parents, has three children from her previous marriage to a doctor.

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