Islamabad : Imran Khan’s ex-British wife Jemima Khan on Thur­s­day congratulated him by declaring the cricketer-turned-politician as Pakis­tan’s next PM even before the official results were out.

The 65-year-old former cricketer’s PTI was inching closer to win the country’s 11th general election held on Wednesday, amid charges of rigging by rival political parties. The party was ahead in 120 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies, while its main rival PML-N was trailing with 65 seats.

Jemima, 44, who earlier prayed for his success praised Khan in a series of tweets, saying father of her two sons will be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. “I remember IK’s 1st election in 1997-untested, idealistic & politically naive. I waited up for the call in LHR (Lahore) with 3 mo(nth)-old Sulaiman, who I had lugged around the country. Eventually he called. “It’s a clean sweep” & after my gasp, “… the other way.” He roared with laughter…”

“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.”

Jemima who has strong link with Pakistan from her marriage days to her two sons — Suliaman Isa Khan and Qasi Khan — took keen interest in poll. “Happy Election Day Pakistan, you maddening, beautiful, crazy, be­l­o­ved old friend. Here’s hoping the people who count your votes, let your vote count. And you get the leader you believe in. Pakistan Zindabad!” she said in an earlier tweet on Wednesday.

Imran’s ex-wife Reham batted for ‘Billi’

Islamabad: As counting of votes was underway in Pakistan, a picture of journalist Reham Khan, also Imran Khan’s ex-wife, has caught the attention of social media. Khan, 45, posted a selfie on Twitter on Wednesday evening with a picture of a tiger cub painted on a road. “Is wari……Billi,” she tweeted.

While it’s unclear who Khan may have voted for, several people speculated she was showing her support for Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N (and not Imran’s PTI) since the tiger cub in her picture resembles the party’s electoral symbol.

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