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Hajra Khan Panezai, a Pakistani television and film actress, is set to launch the original version of her 2014 book next week, which contains some explosive allegations against former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The memoir “Where The Opium Grows: Surviving Pakistan as a Woman, an Actress, and Knowing Imran Khan“ is available on Amazon, but according to the author in a recent podcast, it is a sanitized version.
Panezai is originally from Balochistan and made her television debut in 2009 with Geo’s drama “Buri Aurat” and also appeared in the 2018 film Pinky Memsaab.
“This is a stunning memoir of one woman’s escape from a deprived region of Pakistan, Quetta, known for the opium trade and influx of refugees post-Soviet war, to becoming a successful actress, capturing the attention of the country’s most eminent figure, Imran Khan,” says the foreword to the book.
Khan recalls her time with the PTI chairman, but she claims that many important details were cut from the book at the time that she is now releasing this time no-holds-barred book.
She described her “dark experience” of being pursued by a popular person.
Saying “I have no political agenda since the book was written in 2014,” she urged the people to open their eyes and stop regarding the PTI chief as a savior of the country. “I have judged in 2014 that this [Imran Khan] is a wrong number,” she concluded.