Reham Khan has a history of “misinformation” (Image, India Express)
According to Dawn media, Reham Khan a journalist working for Neo TV has now responded to a legal notice from her ex husband Dr Ijaz Rehman in which “he had asked her to pay him 100 million rupees and submit a written apology for allegedly damaging his reputation.”
Dawn reported the following in relation to defamatory comments allegedly made by Khan against Dr Rehman during an interview to a TV channel,
“Advocate Khurram Hashmi replied to the legal notice on behalf of Ms Khan on Monday, saying that Mr Rehman’s claim was baseless. According to the reply, Ms Khan had spoken in her interview about domestic violence in general and it was not specifically about Mr Rehman.”
However Khan appears to trip herself up once again in her own words referring to the interview within an article she wrote for the Guardian newspaper on 17th November 2015. In the following paragraph she refers to “my experience of domestic abuse” which is not general but very specific. She states,
“Back in January, as Imran and I arrived home from our walima reception in Islamabad, I was told that we would be sitting together to give our first-ever TV interview as newlyweds. Totally unprepared, without even having the chance to change out of my bridal outfit, I was put on the hot seat to face millions of people. The anchor sprang a surprise: he said his research had shown that I had been a victim of domestic violence in my first marriage. Unprepared for a question no one had ever asked me before – about a traumatic memory that I had locked away – I tried to answer in a balanced fashion and said: “I’m not scarred by my experience of domestic violence. It is a huge issue, though. I have never spoken about my own experience before, but this issue needs a lot of awareness.”
As Khan notes, the question referred specifically to allegations that “I had been a victim of domestic violence in my first marriage” Khan’s reference in reply to “my experience of domestic abuse” (as opposed to domestic violence in general) as she writes clearly in the Guardian, can surely only be referring to Dr Rehman, her first marriage. So it would appear Dr Rehman’s claim of defamation still stands?
If a person makes an accusation of domestic abuse, that would then need to be proven legally in a court of law with a successful prosecution. Until then it is merely an allegation. Regarding Khan’s allegations, Dr Rehman stated, “there is no police record, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check clear and no court proved it.”
Khan has a history of “misinformation” a word used by former husband politician Imran Khan to describe her apparent memory loss. She appeared confused previously giving an incorrect location where she had studied in the UK which resulted in a rapid change of information about herself on her website.
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”.