BRITISH heiress Sita White's decision to file a paternity suit in a Los Angeles court to prove that Imran Khan fathered her four-year-old daughter has severely damaged the cricket legend's reputation in Pakistan. This, in turn, may affect his chances for the February polls.
Luckily for Imran, the setting up of the new council which allows the military a legitimate role in politics seems to have overshadowed the Sita White issue. The PML (Nawaz) had filed a reference with the Election Commission under the new electoral laws, seeking Imran's disqualification on ethical grounds for having fathered an illegitimate child. The appeal was rejected by the returning offi-cer on January 8.
While the PML (N) is gunning for Imran, the PPP does not seem to be very interested. Apart from the fact that Imran is contesting directly against Nawaz Sharif in his home constituency, the PML fears that Imran may eat into its right-wing vote-bank. In its crusade against Imran, the PML has even ordered copies of old newspapers from England in which the exploits and pictures of Imran cavorting with 'half-naked' models were published and is now planning to print them in pamphlets.
White, 31, said she decided to take legal action only after Imran officially denied that he was the father of her daughter and challenged her to take the issue to court. Denying that she timed the suit to sabotage Imran's campaign, White said: "It would never have been an issue if Imran had not publicly denied his paternity and shamed me." While filing the suit on January 6, White demanded that Imran provide his blood sample within 30 days for the paternity tests. She is also seeking an unspecified sum as child support from Imran.
White's charges come on the eve of the elections, when Imran is busy campaigning on an...