Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star curved politician, has announced his divorce from his second wife after the marriage of 10 months.

News of his divided from Reham Khan, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist who once worked for the BBC, was publicized on Friday by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party he founded.

Imran Khan announces divorce

The couple’s wedding in January at his summit villa near Islamabad caused extensive surprise in Pakistan, where a close attention is taken in Imran Khan’s private life, which comprised an earlier marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, with whom he had two sons.

Khan was criticised for his choice to re-wed just weeks after the Taliban massacre of more than 130 youngsters in Peshawar which dismayed the country.

Some traditionalists also objected to archive video of Reham Khan’s career presenting BBC South Today which contained her cooking pork sausages at a country fair.

Members of his family made clear their condemnation by staying away from his marriage ceremony. There was also nervousness within the PTI about Reham’s participation in politics after she assisted campaign in a by-election the party lost.

The controversy encouraged Imran Khan to publicly announce his wife would be given no role within the PTI, would not be allowable to attend party functions, “nor will [she] be specified any official protocol”.

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