I am Pathan and I fear no one, says Reham on return to Pakistan

Published: December 3, 2015
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Reham says she will continue to work against child labour and continue her passion. PHOTO: INP

Reham says she will continue to work against child labour and continue her passion. PHOTO: INP

Broadcast journalist Reham Khan returned to Pakistan on Thursday after being away for a month following her divorce to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

“I am a pathan, we know how to give our lives and fight. People think they will scare me, threaten me or use bad language with me because I’m a woman… When one is innocent and in the right, why should they be quiet?” Reham asked, while speaking to the media at Lahore airport.

Further, she said, “There has never been a lack of love and support from the people of Pakistan and there are only four people who have spoken out against me.”

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Responding to a question regarding allegations that she had received money from PTI leaders, Reham said anyone who claims that “should prove where the money was taken from.”

“I have not taken flats from any PTI member,” she said.

Speaking about her street child initiative, the TV journalist said she did not start the programme because of any affiliation with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government or any political party.

“Without affiliation to any party, I will continue to work for street children and will work hard to bring an end to child labour in the country,” she concluded, while adding that it was her passion to work with these children.

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K-P government had appointed Reham as ambassador for street children to raise awareness about the rights of street children in the province.

Reham had left Pakistan for London on the same day the news of the end of her 10-month marriage to Imran was announced.

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  • Ghostrider
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:29PM

    same superiority complex was displayed in East Pakistan and look what happenedRecommend

  • chengez k
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:30PM

    On Her Majesty Secret Service !!!!!Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:40PM

    then why you dear bashing others so cowardly, come to your senses, there are thousands of women of your class been divorced, no one is behaving like this.Recommend

  • Jaggy
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:15PM

    What does that has to do with East [email protected]: Recommend

  • art
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Race has nothing to do with fear, someone educate her about her racist views.Recommend

  • Ih
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:27PM

    “Afraid you will be,very afraid” Jedi master said said to Young Darth Vader. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:44PM

    @Ghostrider:
    Pathans are generally good fighters.East Pakistan was a political mistake that India took advantage of.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Don’t know why these pathans have such infatuation with invincibility. Furthermore, she ain’t even a pathan but a hindko speaker from Hazara waal. The media of Pakistan has to be lauded for giving round the coverage to such narcissistic nincompoops and their immature balderdash.Recommend

  • khurram
    Dec 3, 2015 - 7:15PM

    This perceived notion of superiority needs to be addressed Recommend

  • iCash
    Dec 3, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Omg! Isn’t Reham stories over yet? Please tell us about some new hot & happy stuff… ET! Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 7:58PM

    @Ghostrider:

    You are delusional to take her comment so far. She is on defense just to prove a point, not putting any other ethnicity down. I am not a big fan of her but as far as not being afraid of anyone as being Pakhtoon is 100% correct. Her marrying a selfish ego maniac is a different story. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:02PM

    @khurram:

    She is just putting Imran Niazi’s brainless zombies on notice that she is not afraid of them. What is wrong with that? Are you one of Niazi’s robots? Recommend

  • Lion King
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:08PM

    Whatever happened to the God fearing people ???Recommend

  • Torwali
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:21PM

    She’s playing the race card now to get sympathy from pashtun nationalists, this is her way of manipulating people.Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:48PM

    She does not lose any Opportunity to show her racist views. What does this statement means?. She is superior to other ethnicities of Pakistan?. Miss Reham Khan should realize that the Pathan General Niazi was the one who shamelessly signed and ceded Bangladesh. Also kindly never ever think that any ethnicity is weak. Some just thump their chests more than others. Otherwise everyone is intelligent and powerful enough.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:58PM

    @Jaggy: The General who lead Pakistani troops in Bangladesh named AAK Niazi was Pakhtoon and the President was Yayha Khan , a Persian speaking Pakhtoon, but what does this have to do with Pakistani politics now? Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:11PM

    When people like Reham and others call themselves ‘Pathan’ or ‘Punjabi’ they are not told by others that ‘we are Pakistanis’ first. But when someone calls calls himself/herself ‘Sindhi or Balochi’ he/she is “reminded” often and on that ‘we are Pakistanis’. Recommend

  • iM...
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:52PM

    @stevenson: 1971 War was a Partition War and was an extremely complicated episode. No one can claim victory or defeat. Why? It’s wasn’t with India but Indian trained & paid Bengali villagers & public to kill Pak Army men. MujiburRahman only wanted to be prime minster after winning the 71 elections. He never wanted Independance from Pak, but Pak rather loose her than give share in the Govt. I mean how would you rob and plunder if the capital is a thousand mile away? Now you can see how small industrialist became billionaires overnight. The 90K army men were Suppose to be returned to Pak but India… as cunning caretaker wanted Pak to pay for their food & journey. Finally, they kept making millions from UN for the pathetic treatment they gave them for years. They actually wanted Kashmir in exchange but became a joke of the world and gave up.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:15PM

    @stevenson:
    @Mahreen:

    All you Pakhtoon haters keep your venom to yourself. You are so disturbed by a moronic statement made by an idiot.

    The General who lead Pakistani troops in Bangladesh named AAK Niazi was NOT a Pakhtoon. Anyone having the name Khan not necessary mean he/she is Pakhtoon. I never met a single Niazi in my life who speaks Pakhto, including Imran Khan. Name one if you know?

    The same goes for Yahya Khan. What made him Pakhtoon if he was Persion? That will make him either from Irani decent of from Uzbek or Tajik. Recommend

  • KNL. Sher Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:23PM

    @stevenson:

    You should learn the difference between Persion and Pashtoon. Persion are not Pashtoon just like Pashtoon are not Persion. They are not the same.
    Don’t take it out of all Pashtoon if one kicked the feces out of you.Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:29PM

    Would this lady say same words in London or Europe that she is pathanRecommend

  • khurram
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:49PM

    @Pakistani Sindhi: That will happen only when we will teach our children that it is your qualities which make you superior and not that you are born into a certain tribe or ethnicity. As the religion teaches division into tribes is for recognition and it is the piety that makes us differentRecommend

  • shahqus
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:52PM

    these hindko speakers calling them selves pathans funny !!!Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Hopefully she is successful. We need more women like her. Though she is taking a step back by covering her hair.

    And clearly the sexist and misogynist Muslims we see in the comment section will embrace gender equality. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 11:57PM

    is she implying that if she wasnt pathan she would be terrified? ;PRecommend

  • Comprehension
    Dec 4, 2015 - 12:29AM

    @Pakistani:
    You’re missing the point. He isn’t talking about East Pakistan or whether Pukhtuns are martial or not, he’s speaking of the racial superiority complex Reham Khan exhibited and this isn’t the first time she’s made racist statements towards her fellow non-Pukhtun countrymen.

    @Lakhkar Khan: I’m sure you know how to google? General Tiger Niazi was from the Niazi Shermankhel Pukhtun tribe of Esakhel village of Mianwali, he has the same background as Imran Khan. Their ancestors were invaders who governed Punjab under the rule of Haibat Khan Niazi.Recommend

  • Analyst
    Dec 4, 2015 - 2:52AM

    Great Lady.
    A lot braver than Asfandyar Wali Khan and Mehmood Khan Achakzai. I salute you. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 4, 2015 - 3:33AM

    It will be an interesting fight between a real Pathan and a fake Pathan.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 4, 2015 - 4:23AM

    She has every right to be in Pakistan and be active what ever her heart desires. We pukhtuns take lots of pride to be fearless and independent and she is no different. Leave her alone people, it is none of your business what ever she chooses to do. Recommend

  • Sahid
    Dec 4, 2015 - 5:46AM

    A shame for Pathans. A gold digger who was in hurry.Recommend

  • Pushtun Voice
    Dec 4, 2015 - 6:44AM

    There is no such thing as a “farsi speaking” Pushtun. Either Pushto is your mother tongue or not. Gen Yahya Khan was born in Chakwal and died in Pindi. He never lived in KP and neither did he refer to any part of KP/Afghanistan has his ancesteral area.
    Similarly, Gen Niazi, as the name would indicate is from the Niazi clan in Punjab. Like Imran Khan of PTI claim, people in KPK do not consider either to be a Pushtun.Recommend

  • Javid
    Dec 4, 2015 - 6:44AM

    Yes typical Pathan superiority complex. Tell that to Alexander the Great or Timur or Babur. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 4, 2015 - 6:52AM

    @Comprehension:

    I know who he is but you don’t. You still did not answer the question, show me one Niazi who speaks Pashto. Can you name one?

    Not defending Reham but she did not put down anyone, she simply said that she is not afraid on anyone like other Pakhtoon. Recommend

  • RightSaidFred
    Dec 4, 2015 - 3:06PM

    Ahhh…good old ethnic stereotypes…when all else fails, you always prove reliableRecommend

  • chengez k
    Dec 4, 2015 - 8:11PM

    On Her Majesty s Secret Service !!!!!Recommend

  • za Canadian yum
    Dec 4, 2015 - 11:25PM

    @Pushtun Voice:
    There is no such thing as a “farsi speaking” Pushtun.

    Tell that to the former Kings of Afghanistan (or any true-blooded Durrani apart from the Achakzai) and they would gladly rearrange your…er…knowledge base. Your weird logic, if applicable, would debar Scots, Rajputs, Jutts, Han Chinese, Saxons etc from claiming their heritage anywhere outside their ancestral homelands.

    Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan was a Qizilbash, true there.Recommend

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