Political debut? PTI may field Reham Khan in NA-19 re-polls

Published: June 22, 2015


HARIPUR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is banking on a double strike in the Haripur re-election ordered by the Supreme Court in the NA-19 constituency. The Imran Khan-led party not only hopes to win the constituency but also wishes to ease the PTI chief’s wife Reham Khan into office.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Omar Ayub Khan was unseated on the orders of a three-member bench of the apex court. He had won the seat after an election tribunal ordered re-balloting at seven polling stations. PTI’s Raja Amir Zaman had originally won the constituency in the 2013 general elections, but his victory was challenged by the ruling party.

While the election commission has yet to announce the schedule for the by-poll, the mainstream political parties are trying to hammer out a policy to secure them a guaranteed win.

Read: Re-polling NA-19, Haripur: Supreme Court ends 16-month legal battle

Since Imran is keen on his wife playing a more practical role in the PTI, the party’s high command has proposed helping Reham make her political debut in a district from where her maternal family hails, claimed a source. “In all likelihood, Bhabi (Reham) will be fielded against Omar because Zaman might be given some important party office during the next couple of months.”

Still, he believes that Zaman is the best choice for the seat because he has a strong vote bank and his family wields a lot of influence.

“But then again anyone whom the party decides to nominate as a candidate will be successful,” said Zaman. He, however, stopped short of disclosing who the PTI would field against Omar. “Bhabi is the best choice because her maternal grandmother belongs to the Pani family of Panian village in Haripur,” claims PTI member Nasir Khan.

Read: SC rejects request for re-election in NA-162

“We are fed up of the Tareens and the Rajgans and also the Sardars of Kot Najibullah. We want a change, and Reham can be that change for the people,” said social activist Abdul Ghafoor. According to former district president of the PTI, Kamal Ghaznavi, the party’s parliamentary board has the final word on the next NA-19 candidate. “Nobody – not even Imran – can make a decision in this regard.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Common Pakistani
    Jun 22, 2015 - 7:22AM

    Good luck to her!Recommend

  • MAD
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:47AM

    Another slow news day for ETribune. Everyone knows Raja Amir Zaman will be PTI candidate. Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:59AM

    Let us keep all in the family. Nepotism at its peak. After sending four relatives of Khattak to the National Assembly, it is now turn for Imran Khan’s family. How can PTI continue to claim high moral grounds? The tabdeeli is more of the same.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:02AM

    Although Imran is deadly against hereditary and family politics, he is also forced to adopt laws of necessity because except him and Reham, there is not a single capable person in his entire party. However his stance against hereditary and family politics would never change for other parties.Recommend

  • Sami
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:08AM

    So the anti-family politics party will field the chairman’s wife as a candidate over loyal party workers. Tabdeeli aaa gaye haaai!Recommend

  • M.S Saleem
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:14AM

    PTI would be very lucky to have this lady in its caucus. Recommend

  • Umair
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:15AM

    How is this not conventional politics….?Recommend

  • ih
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:19AM

    Family Enterprise ? Why not join Sharif,s and Zardari,s. I wonder how much insight she would have into Pkistan,s problems especially Pakistai women,s issues ?Recommend

  • ziaurrehman
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:26AM

    haha… height of yellow journalism!!. :)Recommend

  • ziaurrehman
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:31AM

    After getting lambasted by pak awam for PMLn orchestrated blackouts, Noon’s Nooras were no were to be seen. Thanks to ET for this “sensational news break”, finally they will again be seen on this forum; for a short while though.. :)Recommend

  • String
    Jun 22, 2015 - 10:16AM

    Dear Express tribune that news is categorically denied by IK two weeks ago. ET can confirm that by PTI spokesperson Recommend

  • Asad Shairani
    Jun 22, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Seriously disappointing IF its true, which considering its only ET reporting it, might not be the case. Recommend

  • ny
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:03AM

    LOl what a load of baloney! Imran and Reham have both clarified a thousand times that Reham will not join politics. Raja Amir Zaman has fought the case for NA 19 therefore he’ll get the ticket again; this is pretty much common knowledge to everyone but the ET propagandists. Recommend

  • Old Ravian
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:04AM

    What is her claim to fame? being the wife of Imran Khan? We thought there is no nepotism in PTI………….. Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:05AM

    Pakistan is not BBC Channel where this like lady is fit. this will be bitter position of family politics.Recommend

  • alishba
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:09AM

    I dint think that Imran is going to do this.Recommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:10AM

    The story based on an un-named “source” & lacks credibility. Imran is not stupid; he will never want his wife to run on a PTI seat as that will hurt his anti-nepotism agenda.Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:22AM

    @ Sami – you don’t really have to get this excited. Stop being sarcastic, and do something for the country yourself before you blatantly point others. Come up with one good reason why she should not be part of the politics?

    I have this question from you and others who conveniently ‘liked’ your comment that how did the following people came into power?:

    Hamza Shabaz nd Family
    Monis Elahi & Family

    Criteria should not be based on the family; as long as the candidates/politicians wants to serve the country, it is good enough for the majority. Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:26AM

    @Old ravian – I think it is more than enough that she is wife of Imran Khan; I am sure majority of the globe is aware about his name.

    Did you also check the fame of other politicians, or you were just desperate to put something out there without any facts? Recommend

  • jagmohan
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:37AM

    In Elections winability of a candidate is more important than any thing else.And this is
    presumed by the Board of the party.Luckily Reham’s husband happens to be chief of
    PTI,and thus there is no road block to her nomination,even if there is any other strong
    candidate.Moreover Reham’s maternal side is seeded in the constituency,and she herself,
    has become popular after marriage,more than her face as a TV anchor.Now it is for
    voters to decide,whether to try a new face or any old hog.At best she deserves a try.Recommend

  • MAQ
    Jun 22, 2015 - 12:14PM

    Being a supporter of PTI and having no doubt about Reham Khan’s cerebral capabilities I still feel that this move (if this is going to happen) could take PTI to the same lines of family politics as PML(N) and PPP. I urge PTI to restrain it from doing it.Recommend

  • WomenEmpowerment
    Jun 22, 2015 - 12:36PM

    We want Reham as PTI chairperson and next Prime minister of this state….,,,Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jun 22, 2015 - 1:14PM

    Yellow journalism at its yellowest!Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 1:22PM

    @Shazia Bangash:

    Imran is not stupid

    I suggest that you reconsider your observation about Niazi again. If a guy can dance on top of a container for 126 days only to find a soul mate, if a guy can secretly wed a woman while the nation was mourning the loss of 130 kids at APS……such a fella is a poster boy for some mental asylum. Recommend

  • Umer
    Jun 22, 2015 - 2:16PM

    After repeated clarifications regarding Reham Khans political future, get ready to be sued Mr. Sadaqat. Filthy filthy journalism.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jun 22, 2015 - 2:48PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi,

    I suggest that you reconsider your observations as well. If you sincerely believe that IK “danced on top of a container to find a soul mate” then there is not much left to say about the value of your analysis. Thanks but not thanks.

    Please let rumors be rumors and not take it so serious. It is not first time that Tribune writes stuff which is no more real than a tooth fairy. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:05PM

    But my kind sir, when such news is circulated by ET being attributed to PML-N and PPP – folks jump on such news and bend over backwards vouching for the authenticity of such news.

    Thanks but no thanks, I would stick with believing ET. You folks have ended up eating crow a number of times in the past. It’s you who needs to take an early exit out of fairyland.Recommend

  • Sayed Zeeshan Ali Shah
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:43PM

    If Reham contest election, I think that will be very big loss for PTI,,, I think Imran want to ruine the situation,,, very wrong decision Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 22, 2015 - 4:03PM

    Relax ppl. Read Reham’s reaction to this https://twitter.com/RehamKhan1/status/612862711290957824

    Now Express please do ask Reham’s position before printing articles like this Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jun 22, 2015 - 6:27PM

    Keep her out of Politics! its not the way to do down the family and clan routes!Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jun 22, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Mrs.Reham Khan is an educated and a smart woman in her own right and could run for any office she wants, however winning a seat in this parliament is a different bucket of worms. In my personal opinion she should not run for this seat now because it does look like cronyism. Personally I will never support any dynastic political party in Pakistan, supporting PPP in the past was a tragic mistake, the reason I did it because of Army’s judicial killing of ZAB. Imran Khan will be well advised to support Raja Amir Zaman because of the fact that he has been fighting the injustice done to him by vote fraud by PML-N party. Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:13PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: Firstly, I am against Reham Khan getting into politics on behalf of PTI. A principle is a principle, and must be safeguarded even at the cost of a seat in the National Assembly. And yes, I am a strong supporter of IK.
    And as far as eating anything goes, no one can beat the PML-N. All one needs to do is simply revert back to the campaign videos of NS and SS and their claims for enhancing electricity availability in Pakistan or about bringing the corruption of Zardari to the fore. There’s enough crow there to last them a life time. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:17PM

    This cant be true! Re-election is always held between same candidates. No new candidate can enter the contest, but candidates can change their parties, if they want to. So there is no way Reham can contest in this election. New candidate can only enter if new election is announced.Recommend

  • masoon
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:00PM

    It is not necessary that relative of politicians are not good in politics in my opinion reverse is true but Ik himself has set many wrong parameters to attack opponents !Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Good move. Reham Khan is intelligent and full of energy and enthusiasm to undertake challenges of modern political pressures. I wish her success and would in due course like to see her as Chief Minister of KPk. Inshallah. Recommend

    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:25PM

    Tribune got it seriously wrong. This is not going to happen.Recommend

  • Farouk Khan
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:26PM

    If true, I’m certainly not voting PTI anymore Recommend

  • mariuml
    Jun 23, 2015 - 1:06AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I’d like to know her qualifications. What makes her so good?Recommend

  • mariuml
    Jun 23, 2015 - 1:07AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad
    Satire darn my bad. Ignore my previous commentRecommend

  • xor
    Jun 23, 2015 - 2:35AM

    Adnan Siddiqi is just another troll from patwari league. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 23, 2015 - 3:02AM

    Well this’tabdili’ will spell a disaster for the Kaptan who had been fighting against “all in the family”. Reham khan seen with a chopper in the background .By the way who foots the bill! PTI should have greater clarity on things which it has made as moral high grounds .Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 23, 2015 - 3:21AM

    @Old Ravian: Bhuttos then Zardaris then Shareefs sons and daughters. Imran Khan belongs the same family of family of so called politicians. It is warm up before the actual game Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Jun 23, 2015 - 5:36AM

    I don’t understand why would a newspaper publish a speculative news report about something that has not been confirmed by the party. This is called yellow journalism as somebody planted that story to cause political damages to IK. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:19AM

    Read both ik and reham tweet, both have denied this Rumor. As far as ET is considered they will keep publishing without proof and headline which is convincing ? Ethics ET?Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 23, 2015 - 11:37AM

    @Salman Hasan:

    Political damage to IK? Lol! What exactly Niazi has achieved in politics if I may ask? Recommend

  • jagmohan
    Jun 23, 2015 - 12:16PM

    Reham Khan nomination and contest in election needs support from another angle too.
    This relates to women empowerment.And this may be treated separately from family issue.
    The democracy does not place any bar that husband and wife can not seek election at
    the same time or govern the country,it is for voters to do as they like.Yes there is one
    problem that a more deserving candidate may not get nomination,for him the alternative
    is to fight as an independent candidate. Reham;s candidature is multidimensional too,
    she is well educated,a versatile and beautiful anchor,quite articulate,knows women’s
    problems being divorcee,remarried after years interval and a victim of family violence.
    And she may be good support to IK and filling certain gaps in his personality or style
    or communacation.Her upcoming will encourage and promote women participation in democracy.Let there be one chance to lady charming in all respects.Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Jun 23, 2015 - 12:57PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Political damage to IK? Lol! What exactly Niazi has achieved in politics if I may ask?
    There is a person whose sole purpose in life since last three and a half years is nothing but to criticize Imran Khan with his utterly disgusting, irrational and desperate comments. Thats what Niazi has achieved in politics.Recommend

    Jun 23, 2015 - 4:10PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    You are right bro.
    IK has no apartments on Park Lane London. He has no bank accounts in Cayman Islands or BVI. He has no factories in Saudi or Pakistan. He has not taken loans and had them written off. He has not taken his kids on official tours and introduced them to big businessmen.

    So compared to Mian Sahib, IK has not achieved anything!!

    MOST importantly, he has not made a Metro bus. Everyone knows that unless you have made a metro bus, you have not done anything! Even David Cameron here is worried that he has not made a Metro bus!!Recommend

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