Islamabad, October 3: The Pakistan government has refuted reports claiming that Prime Minister Imran Khan is expecting his first child with wife Bushra Maneka. The Ministry of Information, through its specially designated Twitter handle for combating fake news, condemned the media outlets which published the "fabricated and baseless news".
The government's clarification came after the rumours recently gained credence, with the Urdu newspaper Daily Ummat publishing an article on Maneka's alleged pregnancy. The report said Khan would disclose the news at an appropriate time. Imran Khan Targets PM Narendra Modi as India Calls Off Meeting With Pakistan, Says 'Small Men Occupying Big Offices'.
Notably, Maneka is the third wife of Khan and got married to him in February this year. A spiritual preacher, she has been credited by political analysts for the conservative image adopted by Khan which has boosted his popularity among the masses.
Here is the clarification tweeted by Pakistan's Ministry of Information:
Fabricating and spreading completely baseless news is a malicious activity & in violation of journalistic ethics & code of conduct. Such behavior is highly condemnable. It is the collective responsibility of social media users to discourage and reject all such elements. #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/uR21H7HNwZ
— FakeNewsBusterMoIB (@FakeNews_Buster) October 3, 2018
Khan, 65, has two sons - Salman and Qasim - from his first wife Jemima Goldsmith, a renowned film producer in the UK. The marriage lasted for 10 years and ended in 2004. In 2015, Khan married to British journalist Reham Khan. The marriage, however, lasted for nearly 10 months.