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It had all the ingredients of the perfect romantic tale; two good-looking, intelligent and gifted students from
That at least was the insistence from
“In any event, it seems fairly clear that, for at least a month or two, the couple were close. There was a lot of giggling and blushing whenever they appeared together in public,” said Mr Sandford, in a comment that could hardly be considered conclusive.
Allies of the late Ms Bhutto have been quick to leap in and save her reputation, though had she fallen for the charms of Mr Khan, the so-called Lion of Lahore, she would hardly have been alone.
Mr Sandford, who has previously written biographies of Roman Polanski and Curt Cobain, suggests the pair became close in 1975 when Ms Bhutto was aged 21 and in her second year of studying politics at Lady Margaret Hall. For his research he interviewed both Mr Khan and his ex-wife Jemima.
Previous biographies of Ms Bhutto have claimed she did have boyfriends while she was a student. Mr Khan, however, has insisted he was not among them. Last night he was unavailable for comment but he previously told the Daily Mail: “Yes, I was interviewed, but I know nothing about the rest of what has been written. So it is not official. It is absolute nonsense about any sexual relationship or my mother and an arranged marriage. We were friends - that’s all.”