Sometimes, the hardest thing and the right thing in life are the same. That is the toughest moment of life when we need to accept it. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and his former wife Jemima also had to pass through that phase of life when they accepted that things were not going well as they ought to.
The nine year long journey of the couple ended in 2004 when Imran and Jemima filed for a divorce. Their journey started in 1995 when Imran met Jemima, the daughter of a British billionaire Sir James Goldsmith. Imran, former Pakistani cricketer was 43 years old and Jemima was only 21 at that time.
Jemima was doing her graduation when they met. There were a lot of hurdles in their relationship journey, considering their age difference and different religious backgrounds. Nonetheless, they overcame those hurdles and finally got married on 16 May, 1995 in a traditional Islamic ceremony in Paris.
Jemima, like an ideal wife, tried to adjust and adapt to Imran's living. She converted to Islam few months before their wedding. In 2003, she received her MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, focusing on Modern Trends in Islam.
Jemima learned to speak in Urdu fluently and started wearing Pakistani suits. She also moved to Pakistan in 1996, when Imran entered politics and formed his own party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. In the same year, Jemima gave birth to their son, Suleiman and after three years their second son Qassim was born.
It was during those days Jemima became associated with various organizations like UNICEF etc. She associated herself with Imran's Cancer Hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial, which was named after her mother-in-law.
This love story came to a tragic end in 2004 when the couple filed for a divorce and settled on a rotational custody of their two sons. Unfortunately, they had to part their ways after a 9 year long togetherness.
Khan's sons visit him in Pakistan during their school holidays while he stays with his former mother-in-law, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, when he goes to London to see them.
Fourteen years after their separation, Jemima’s sacrifices seem to have attained fruition. She didn’t bat an eye to congratulate her "sons' father" on the landslide victory during the recently conducted Pakistan general elections.
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 @ImranKhanPTI— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) July 26, 2018
Former wife of Prime Minister of Pakistan tweeted on July 26 2018 that "22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles, and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief, and refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the first place. Congratulations Imran Khan,"