Imran Khan, head of Pakistan’s opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and his wife Reham Khan have filed for divorce, 10 months after they wed.
A PTI spokesman made an announcement on Imran Khan’s official Facebook page. Ms Khan also confirmed on Twitter that they had decided to part ways.
The pair got married in January at Mr Khan’s home.
The former cricketer was previously married to British journalist and activist Jemima Goldsmith.
PTI spokesman Naeem Ul Haque asked for the media to “refrain from any speculation” due to the sensitivity and seriousness of “this extremely painful matter”.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s World Cup-winning cricket captain, has divorced his second wife, Reham. The 63-year-old politician had formally married the former BBC presenter in a high-profile wedding in January 2015. The news of their romance broke in British media in December 2014. (Imran Khan Marries Former BBC Presenter)
The 42-year-old Reham, a divorced mother of three, had secretly dated Imran, who was earlier married to Jemima Goldsmith, who most recently dated Russell Brand. Reham Khan’s previous marriage with Ijaz Rehman ended after 15 years as the couple divorced in 2005. (Getting Married is Not a Crime: Imran Khan)
The news of Imran’s divorce was confirmed on Friday by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson, Naeem Ul Haque.
A statement from the political party said: “Chairman PTI Imran Khan and Reham Khan have decided to divorce by mutual consent. Due to the sensivity and seriousness of this extremely painful matter it is requested that the media should refrain from any speculation. There will be no further communication in this respect.”
Pakistani media had reported in September that all was not well between Imran and Reham. Pakistan’s most respected cricket captain was unhappy with Reham’s growing political ambitions, reported Pakistan Today.
Imran had to take to social media to deny that his relationship with Reham was in the doldrums. Reports also suggested that Imran was back with Jemima and her children in England. He divorced his first wife Jemima Khan in 2004. The relationship with Reham apparently worsened since Imran returned to Pakistan.
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