Dining with Dons? Image posted on Twitter by Muhammad Ali Shah (GEO)
There is a saying “its not what you know but who you know” which is certainly applicable in the case of Reham Khan or is it Nayyer (it gets confusing). Khan certainly used her short time with Imran Khan to good advantage, no doubt acquiring many new contacts and useful connections. Khan is the mistress of “misinformation” and the daughter of double standards and took this to new heights this week as a guest speaker at Oxford University.
Khan, a chameleon-like character, managed to temporarily ditch the dupatta (head covering) to moan about Pakistan’s elitist politics to one of the most elitist institutions in the UK. She also talked of the need for “revolutionary changes” in Pakistan (careful Khan, isn’t that a treasonable offence?) In a so called Islamic country Lal Masjid cleric is hauled over the coals for calling for Shariah
Her specialist subject is lecturing Imran on the benefits of deodorant, shampoo and creams. She is also claims expertise on moth-ridden clothes as well as being the new darling of democracy (an ideology that seems to bomb people into submission). Not sure if this speaking engagement was “free or fee” (a fierce debate ensued on social media after an alleged publicist demanded £35,000 for a recent article) but the description on her CV will probably morph into “lecturer at Oxford” as opposed to “gave a talk once at Oxford”.
The “gender” activist (who failed to get her marriage registered in Pakistan) seems to rely on a plethora of male followers to promote her causes, more interested in a little mild flirtation than whether she has anything of value to say to society. “If you want I am ready to marry you” said Muhammad Irfan on Twitter. “I am single waiting for Reham Khan” declared Shakeel Ahmad. Marriage is clearly a sensitive topic with Ary reporting that first ex husband Dr Ijaz Rehman is suing for counter-defamation of character see following link,
Khan alleged on TV she was a victim of domestic abuse through Dr Rehman produced a background clearance to work document showing no criminal convictions. A well-known Pakistan journalist is also considering legal action. Khan may wish to consider studying law to defend herself in case of more cases to come?
So what has Khan actually achieved in Pakistan? She did host a chat show interviewing the great and good (or not so good) of Pakistan. Khan was Ambassador for Street Children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where a first shelter complex for street children has just opened. Has she funded it herself, built it or will she be caring for the children there? She was likely able to achieve this on the back of Imran’s name, regional supporters and someone else’s money and resources such as coaching cricket to streets kids. In other words although she may have come up with the idea she was fortunate to be surrounded by others who could actually make it happen for her in practical terms. Nice job if you can get it, though most people couldn’t as her role as Ambassador appeared to be a “one horse race” open only to the elite. Bye-bye meritocracy…
No doubt she will continue to pop up again in the media with more kiss and tell titbits. Khan tweeted,
Somewhat surprising statement given Dr Rehman’s claim she wasn’t too keen being in hot climes in case her skin got darker and had a rather condescending attitude to Pakistanis. It seems the woman who complained she didn’t like women “whining” seems set to whine on to the rest of us for some time to come!
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.