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‘Like I’m back in 90s’: Jemima Goldsmith reacts to anti-Imran Khan protest directed at her

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Islamabad: Imran Khan’s first wife, Jemima Goldsmith, published a poster of a demonstration scheduled outside her London home on April 17 as she detailed her fear of living in Pakistan. “Protests outside my house, targeting my children, antisemitic abuse on social media… It’s almost like I’m back in 1990s Lahore,” Jemima Goldsmith wrote with the hashtag #PuranaPakistan, in her first social media response to Imran Khan’s expulsion by the Pakistan National Assembly. Notably, Imran Khan was married to Jemima Goldsmith from 1995 to 2004 and have two children.

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Jemima Khan left Pakistan after her divorce from Imran Khan and moved in London. Jemima acknowledged in various interviews that she has been the target of anti-Semitic assaults for decades.

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In a bitter social media exchange last year, Jemima had said, “I left Pakistan in 2004 after a decade of antisemitic attacks by the media & politicians (& weekly death threats & protests outside my house). But still it continues.”

Jemima Goldsmith continued to remark on Pakistani politics following her divorce from Imran Khan. Imran Khan campaigned for Zac Goldsmith, one of Jemima’s brothers, in the United Kingdom in 2010.

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After Imran Khan lost the confidence vote, Zac came out in support of his former brother-in-law and tweeted, “Sad to see last night’s events in Pakistan. Imran Khan is a good and decent man, one of the least corruptible politicians on the world stage. I have no doubt he will be returned with a big majority in the upcoming elections.”

The UK government, however, distanced itself from its foreign office minister’s statement and said it is not the position of the UK government. “With regard to Pakistan, we respect Pakistan’s democratic system and we would not get into its domestic political affairs. We have longstanding ties with Pakistan and are monitoring developments,” a spokesperson of the government said, as per reports.

According to a PML-N leader, the demonstration scheduled outside Jemima Goldsmith’s London home is a reaction to the PTI’s rally against Nawaz Sharif’s home in London.

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