A divorce has not come in the way of Jemima Goldsmith’s love for Pakistan. The ex-wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, fondly called bhabi, will be auctioning a private screening of her upcoming film to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan.
Taking to Twitter, Goldsmith said, “We are auctioning a private screening in London for up to 20 people of our film What’s Love Got To Do With It? See you there.”
In aid of Pakistan’s flood victims
We are auctioning a private screening in London for up to 20 people of our film What's Love Got To Do With It? See you there 💚 https://t.co/BiAmbgvVG2
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) September 1, 2022
The auction will end at 12:15 pm on 8 September. The winner and 20 of their friends will have a private screening of What’s Love Got To Do With It, written by Goldsmith and directed by Shekar Kapur.
Her gesture has won her praise from Pakistanis, with many calling her “a queen” and “sister” on Twitter while appealing to people to participate in the auction.
— Sarosh Ch (@SaroshJav_12) September 1, 2022
The devastating deluge has inundated one-third of the country, affecting more than 33 million people, which is one in every seven Pakistanis, killing over 1,180 people and will cost more than $ 10 billion to rebuild. And Goldsmith has been actively prodding organisations and private citizens to come to Pakistan’s aid.
Goldsmith also crowdsourced the list of organisations that are doing on-ground relief work to which she received an enthusiastic number of responses. She recommended one Al-Khidmat Foundation which has reportedly earned a lot of goodwill for helping flood victims in some of the most difficult terrain.
As UNICEF UK ambassador, Jemima had visited Pakistan to help raise emergency funds for the victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
Goldsmith’s soft corner for Pakistan
Jemima Goldsmith may have been Pakistan’s former Prime Minister’s ex-wife but her love for Pakistan and its people hasn’t subsided at all, reported Daily Pakistan. The report further said that Goldsmith has a soft corner for Pakistan and she has always been in support of the benefit of the country.
Goldsmith got married to Imran Khan in 1995 in a traditional Islamic ceremony in Paris, after which they also had a civil ceremony at the Richmond Register Office. Goldsmith had converted to Islam shortly before marrying Khan and retained ‘Khan’ surname up until Imran Khan married Reham Khan in December 2014, ten years after they were divorced.
Goldsmith had relocated to Lahore post her marriage with Khan, where she learned to speak Urdu and wore traditional Pakistani clothes. She established the Jemima Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal to provide tents, clothing, food and healthcare for refugees in Peshawar.
She actively supported Imran Khan as he became more involved in politics. However, they separated in 2004, citing difficulty “to adapt to the political life of Imran Khan in Pakistan”.