“OMG, is #ImranKhan getting married?”

Published: August 7, 2014

Imran Khan Niazi, even at age 60 plus and a divorce later, is considered one of the most eligible bachelors alive.

Those alluring eyes and that almost shy, sheepish smile; a self-assured gait of a true sportsman; a naive idealism that one can disagree with but is charming nonetheless. Add to it that tinge of genuine humanity and a good heart that the world has seen in his philanthropy and an overall drop-dead gorgeous personality despite the wrinkles that give away his age.

Imran Khan Niazi, even at age 60 plus and a divorce later, is considered one of the most eligible bachelors alive. May be that is why the news that he is under pressure from his family to remarry made front page news. Across the border, Indian tabloids are also animatedly talking about whether ‘The Khan’ is ready to bite the dust yet again. The Twitterati, of course, are feverishly hash-tagging the guy once again who has bigger issues to worry about, particularly right now with August 14 days away. Yet, the obsession with the eternal hunk’s marital status and romantic liaisons (or their absence) seems related also to a dirty culture of mudslinging fuelled by political agendas.

While Imran has paid a price for his ‘popularity’ since his cricket days, he is not the only politician who has come under attack of political opponents who believe in tabloid tactics. Back in the day, Benazir Bhutto’s pictures with friends, in modern attire, from her Oxford University days were plastered all over Karachi as a part of a campaign to smear her name. In true dynastic tradition, the young Bilawal Bhutto Zardari suffered the same fate.

Imran’s first marriage to Jemima Khan, in fact, also suffered due to constant paparazzi attention, calling that woman of substance a ‘Yahoodi ki beti’ among other choicest titles.

What I truly respected was how the couple parted ways. He never badmouthed his ex-wife and in fact took the blame on himself, if at all there was anyone to blame.

But then, it is not just limited to character assassination. A photograph allegedly from Imran’s visit to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) in early Ramadan in July made rounds on social media. The picture showed him drinking a glass of water, with the glass circled in read, and fascinating cheesy captions implying him to be a bad Muslim, and thus a villain who could never do anything good.

The picture from Bannu had credibility issues in any case. It was released many days before the date mentioned on the lower left side of the photograph.

With fame of any kind, one’s private life does come under the spotlight. But a line has to be drawn. While we, the awam, don’t necessarily cook up these stories, masses have been known to let their opinions and votes sway as a result of rumours. But in all honesty, more than being an interesting bit of information about a politician, what difference does Imran getting married make to our lives? It didn’t make a difference what Pervez Musharraf or Asif Ali Zardari or Shahbaz Sharif did in their private lives or how many times they married or who they were seeing. All we knew about them were ‘unconfirmed reports’ which didn’t matter. What mattered was whether they made a difference to the country or not; whether they served the nation or not.

If Imran marries, good for him. And I wish the national hero all the happiness in the world. If not, it’s his life. As a Pakistani, my concern and prayer is that he is able to contribute to the betterment and progress of a nation that needs hope and inspiration. The rest is not my business.

Farahnaz Zahidi

Farahnaz Zahidi

A writer and editor, who has worked as a Features Editor with The Express Tribune. Her focus is human-centric feature stories. She now writes as a freelancer, and works as a media trainer and communications practitioner. She tweets as @FarahnazZahidi (twitter.com/farahnazzahidi?lang=en).

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • F

    Pointless articleRecommend

  • Prashant

    “The picture showed him drinking a glass of water, with the glass circled in read, and fascinating cheesy captions implying him to be a bad Muslim, and thus a villain who could never do anything good.”

    Is being a practicing and a staunch Muslim the first criteria in Pakistan to become a leader?Recommend

  • Sam

    What a waste of spaceRecommend

  • omar malik

    Agreed and Very well writtenRecommend

  • pmln

    Now I get it why is PTI doing dharna… they will not finish the dharna until or unless he gets married. Recommend

  • Farooq

    Imran’s sisters have correctly assessed the problem. Please sisters keep up the pressure in the national interest.Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Excellent concept. May people feel the difference between “Private Lives” and “Lives on Taxpayers’ money”!Recommend

  • boco

    Chinky eyes is an ethnic slur…editors?Recommend

  • Baba Ji

    Let go lady … Let go !!!!Recommend

  • Sane

    Issue of Imran Khan’s marriage does not come on merit to be written or read. There are many important and burning issues we are facing.Recommend

  • Feroz

    Is he getting married to Sita White, the mother of his daughter ?Recommend

  • MKhan

    We should be only concerned with what they do to the country or country’s money, wealth, assets and it’s people. He fasts or not is totally between him and his Allah with no repercussions for the nation. His daughter or not, that’s his personal life, what has that got to do with the country. If religion is such an important criteria, why not make a Moulvi a leader. Recommend

  • Moizzah Asif

    i think the author is herself keenly intrested in IK’s marital and bachelor life otherwiae there is no point of publishong and writing such an irrelevant and baseless article in the current situation, i wish the author a bright future and wish for her to be more responsible with her publishings Recommend

  • Guest

    Imran Khan I really respect and admire you so please don’t tarnish this image by getting married to someone half your age.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    I hope you are joking?Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Hey its a blog with a point of view … its rather sad that you had to tarnish the blogger’s image and intent by assuming she is interested in Mr. Khans marital life … please respect writers and their views.Recommend

  • Truth

    Wasted my life’s 5 min on reading this “article”. Recommend

  • Akeb R

    The most devoted person in today’s time, putting his country before his personal life and gains. Moreover it’s in Paki blood to slander a respectable personality. Religion is personal affair between Allah and his believer, no one has the right to comment.Recommend

  • Hijabimomma

    If he wanted, he could have drank that glass of water in his car, or in the camp, where thousands of people and reporters could not see him. Instead, in Ramadan (if thats the case), he chose to stand in clear view and drink water? Please, haters give me a break! Recommend

  • noman

    Even if he is drinking water in ramzan he is allowed not to fast as he is a musafir. I dont like IK but i cant support nonsense talkRecommend

  • El Cid

    There is NO true photo time & date stamp. The one on bottom left is photo-shop. This is a propaganda attempt. The writer should be sincere and truthful or will lose all credibility with discerning readers.Recommend

  • El Cid

    Good point.

  • El Cid

    So being interested in the Great Khan’s marital status tarnishes ones image? How come?

    And how do you reconcile it with the very topic of the article which suggests intense interest in his potential for marriage:”“OMG, is #ImranKhan getting married?”

    Also consider the great sin, spreading public rumor and slander, by publishing a photo shopped image of Imran Khan that impugns him as a sinner or even a non Muslim “drinking water openly before others” in Ramzan.

    Note that there is nothing to show that it was Ramzan but plenty that the pic is photo shopped.Recommend

  • Ayesha

    I was replying to a comment. Since that comment has been deleted, you have no idea what Im talking about.Recommend

  • El Cid

    Yes that is a problem with weak arguments, poor quality articles, and writers who are afraid of criticism.

    So no fault of yours if I misunderstood. In that case I extend my apologies. Now, what were you talking about, if you may, the point I missed?Recommend

  • noorbano

    the man is skilled in marrying notoriety.Recommend

  • Irum

    I am from Abbottabad and Reham
    khans family are from jhangi syedan–Abbottabad the family members have confirmed that the
    marriage has taken place. Why is khan in denial? Everyone is angry because he
    is a leader and he should have waited a few months. The marriage was to be
    announced in January. The whole country
    is in mourning and how can he ever think of marriage now. A bit latter would
    have been better, but any way good luck to both. Now it is obvious we Pakistanies
    will never have a sincere leader.Recommend