Before the announcement of the official results, Jemima Khan congratulated her ex-husband Imran Khan by declaring him Pakistan’s next Prime Minister. The 65-year-old former cricketers’s party Tehreek-e-Insaf is currently leading the race and is close to winning the general elections which took place yesterday.
44-year-old Jemima earlier prayed for Khan’s success and praised him in a series of tweets, saying father of her two sons will be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.
“I remember IK’s 1st election in 1997- untested, idealistic & politically naive. I waited up for the call in LHR (Lahore) with 3 mo(nth)-old Sulaiman, who I had lugged around the country. Eventually he called. “It’s a clean sweep” & after my gasp, ” the other way.” He roared with laughter”
“22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations.”
Jemima who once lived in Lahore at the times when she was married to Imran Khan showed keen interest in the elections.
“Happy Election Day Pakistan, you maddening, beautiful, crazy, beloved old friend. Here’s hoping the people who count your votes, let your vote count. And you get the leader you believe in. Pakistan Zindabad!” she tweeted yesterday.
Jemima married Khan in 1995 but both divorced in 2005 and she went back from Lahore to live in London.
After the divorce with Jemima, Khan married BBC presenter Reham Khan who was also a British citizen. They both got separated in just 10 months in 2015 with Reham accusing him of being bisexual, drug addict and adultery in her recent book that made the way tough for the 1992 world cup winning Pakistan captain in the general elections.