Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s new wife, Reham Khan claims she had been a victim of domestic violence while married to 54-year-old psychiatrist Dr Ijaz Rehman, with whom she has three children, Daily Mail reported.
Reham, who hosts a current affairs show on a local TV Channel, opened up about her turbulent previous marriage in a TV interview recently.
“Thanks to Allah, I am not scarred by my experience. Domestic violence is a big issue and no attention is paid to it in Pakistan. [It] happens in many shapes and forms,” Reham said.
“I have never spoken about my personal experience of domestic violence because I was in [the] media and I felt it would be unfair to expose the other party,” she added.
She also said that she was reluctant to accept Imran’s proposal because of what took place during her previous marriage, which ended in 2006 after 15 years.
“When I talked to my family about it, we all had the same reservations, especially because I had been through such a horrendous experience.”
”When I talked to my brother about it, he only had this reservation — that the domestic violence shouldn’t be repeated.”
According to sources, her claims have provoked fury from her first husband.
Dr Rehman rejected the allegations made by Reham and said he has never hit anyone, and has never been involved in any kind of domestic violence in any shape or form.
“I always looked after my children and wife very well. My ex-wife had every kind of liberty. I am surprised that these allegations were made,” he added.
Reham’s former husband, who still lives in Britain, further said, “Domestic violence is a serious offence”.
“I work in a very senior position at the NHS and if I was convicted or charged or found involved in domestic violence, in any sense, I wouldn’t have been able to practice,” he clarified.