Reham Khan seizes the steering wheel

Published: August 10, 2015
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HARIPUR: 

Reham Khan has officially grabbed the driving seat for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in NA-19, Haripur and will be actively campaigning for the party during the by-polls.

Earlier, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Reham Khan had denied rumours over the latter’s plans to enter the political arena. However, recent developments have contradicted these claims.

Reham has delivered several speeches in Panian, Shah Maqsood, Naseem Town, Haripur Bazaar and Kaag areas between Friday and Sunday. According to insiders, her weekend visit to the constituency has announced her entry into the political sphere.

Read: Reham Khan announces launch of PTI’s NA-19 by-poll campaign

Reham has arrived in her maternal hometown to drum up support for PTI candidate Dr Raja Amir Zaman. MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, MPA Maleeha Khan, Yusuf Ayub, Ali Asghar Khan and other leaders accompanied her.

Reham addressed the political meetings in Hindko, Pashto and Urdu and urged locals to vote for Zaman.

“Gift your Bhabhi [sister-in-law] the NA-19 seat and in return the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will give you prosperity,” she said at a meeting on Sunday. Reham said the party is committed to eradicating corruption from the province and is addressing the concerns of the people.

“Under Zaman the constituency will witness a new era of development and the people will get facilities at their doorstep,” she added.

Dynastic politics?

Although she does not hold public office as yet, Reham’s debut into the political arena is likely to become the talk of the town.

Addressing the meeting, Reham said she will never let Imran down. “PTI has Khan, jawan [youth] and Bhabhi,” she said.

Handing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz its share of criticism, she said Pakistan gets electricity after sacrifices of the people of Haripur. “Avenge PML-N’s injustices by casting ballots in favour of PTI on August 16,” she said. She added all of Imran’s assets and interests are in Pakistan. “The PTI also accepted the Judicial Commission’s report and our morale is still high.”

Retaliatory fire

However, Reham’s opponents have also expedited campaign efforts. Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani has pressed the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct by-poll under the supervision of Pakistan Rangers.

Speaking at PML-N candidate Babar Nawaz Khan’s campaign meeting in Neelor village, Kirmani said the local government poll irregularities have legitimised the demand for stringent security measures.

“ECP must have learnt a lesson after arranging LG polls with PTI in power,” he said. “It should now deploy paramilitary forces at all polling stations of Haripur.”

Responding to Reham’s request to the people to give PTI the seat as a gift, he said gifts are always given and not asked for.

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

“PML-N has already gifted the Hazara Motorway, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Metro Bus, Danish schools to the people,” he added.

The adviser maintained PTI’s popularity has plummeted over the last two years as it failed to fulfil the promises it made before taking charge. “Even with them in power, people are deprived of their rights,” he said. Kirmani added Hazara has always remained a stronghold of PML-N and so shall it be.

Speaking at a similar meeting in Beer village, MNA Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar said PML-N believes in bringing competent youth to the fore and has therefore given Babar the party ticket.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (33)

  • PTI
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:55AM

    I’ve always supported Imran khan . But the induction of RK in politics is not accepted, especially when IK promised to keep family heirs away from PTI. I know RK’s induction has jolted many PTI’s die hard supporters. Hope IK will answer this concern. Recommend

  • ProudPaki
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:06AM

    I am sorry IK , i have lost my confidence in you!!Recommend

  • liaqat ali
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:51AM

    My ex-hero should be ashamed of using the bhabhi card as well as the khan card . I always see her talking about her and him being pathaan.Being proud of ones background is OK but to use it for political means is racial .
    I wonder how IK is now differrent than others. I see no differrence . Lies, deceipt and doing everything to win . TOO ambitiuos to my tatse , both of them , although I support woman in politics. But the way it is being done , is wrong . Recommend

  • Aizah
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:10AM

    Khan has made a series of mistakes in the past few months. This is so not the time to make more. Getting married was his personal business but this wont be. He must take into consideration a handful of support that he might lose at the part of his many supporters and and everyone who sees him as the last hope, if he chooses to pursue with the act of introducing Reham Khan as a Party person. Also, Reham must also understand that there are vultures out there. Even if she intends to campaign for the party in good faith or as a matter of support for the party, there is no way at all that’d be acceptable.
    Its high time to re think your options Khans..
    Good Luck! (y)Recommend

  • Blunt
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:29AM

    We need female participation in every field of life and there’s no harm in induction of a politically-aware woman like RK in politics.Recommend

  • ghayyas
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:51AM

    RK will become a liability for PTI. For the sake of PTI, she should be kept away from politics and media.Recommend

  • Abdul Khan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Hey ProudPaki, if you have lost your confidence in IK then please keep your faith in Nawaz and Zardari…for these non issues if you can’t keep your trust in PTI, then i think PTI shouldn’t need your support. Please vote to pmln or ppp next time. you also have option of Diesel and matchbox (MQM)Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:06AM

    I think Imran Khan is now realizing that day by day he is not getting any younger (almost in his early 60s) so better shift a hope of dwindling followers onto his spouse.Recommend

  • nk
    Aug 10, 2015 - 12:12PM

    It almost feels like IK has realized that the way to become prime minister is not through his “tabdeeli” or “inqilabi” soch, but by indulging in the same old politics that this country has suffered for the past 60 years.

    With Tareen, Qureshi et al in the party, the same status quo people, Imran Khan obviously feels he needs neither his original supporters that were with him when nobody else was, nor the same party members that stuck with him since the beginning. I hope his supporters realize before its too late that IK and his cadre of hangers on will be the worst thing to happen to this country. The most ambitious, depraved lot to ever enter politics in this country. Most politicians so far have entered politics as a business to make money. PTI members want not only money but also power. thats a very bad combination.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Aug 10, 2015 - 12:22PM

    There are things like these which make me think that PMLN is way too mature party to run the governance as compared to PTI.

    Coming from Ex-PTI fan. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:03PM

    will IK still criticize maryam nawaz and kids of benazir. he should brand himself a politician on equal grounds just like NS or AZ or AH. he has lost his moral stance.
    i hope PPP picks up quickly to avoid one party rule (i.e. PMLn) rule in pakistan in near future as pti will soon be historyRecommend

  • RehamFAn
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:08PM

    Queen elizbath has sent queen for us…!! And one day I see you the Prime minister of Pakistan….Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:17PM

    I am strong supporter of IK but this is a serious mistake by IK to allow RK enter into politics. Traditionally, and infact world over, wives of political leaders and rulers never directly participate in political affairs and party. PTI donot need RK. PTI can mover forward without her. She will indict serious harm to the party more than good possible. Her induction is not only sending wrong messages to the outside of party, infact, I am sure, also causing great concerns within party. She should concentrate on Non-political affairs, better only home affairs as her every action and intentions will be scrutinized by the public and may lead to inflict direct damage no IK repute. She should stay away from using stairs of IK and let IK concentrate purely on bringing Change.Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:23PM

    I don’t get why people want to dictate IK’s or RK’s life. If they didn’t wanted to do it, they said it. Now they want to do it so be it. Do you want to do it? Go ahead. but its like saying I’m angry at my brother because he said he will be getting a bike, but he got a car.Recommend

  • Ibraheem
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:58PM

    Congratulation Imran Khan has just become a politician.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 10, 2015 - 2:50PM

    The slogan used by Reham Khan reeks of political patronage…….you give the vote and in return I’ll give you prosperity…….that in my view is a mistake.Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:34PM

    @Usman: So compaigning for a candidate is called entering politics? I can go to my town and do a speech for whichever candidate I support, doesn’t mean I’m running for a party ticket. RK has every right to campaign for her political career and get it through her own effort. Good on her.Recommend

  • WTFtracker
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:42PM

    Why PTI want to self destruct so badly, first the dharnas and now dynastic politics????Why Imran Khan why?Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:03PM

    Foundations being laid of another political dynasty. This time the KHANS. Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Tough nut for IK believe it or not !! Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:32PM

    A tough nut for IK to crack believe it or not !! Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:39PM

    Come on guys this is the tradition of Pakistan. Quaid e Azam selected his sister as the first member and head of Women association of Pakistan. Liaquat Ali Khan the first prime minister of our country selected his wife as the first woman ambassador. Interestingly both Fatima Jinnah and Begum Rana then selected many of their female friends to run many other organizations. Then the cycle of rewarding to the loved ones continued unabated till now. Recommend

  • bilal
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:44PM

    Time and again, Pakistani shows why they get destroyed.
    I can not understand a single critic here. REALLY SHOT SIGHTED.

    In every country, the leader/s family comes and campaigns for the party. NS , his wife also campaigned for the party. Nothing wrong with that.
    If RK get a party ticket then complain.

    IK can not do everything himself. He needs support and RK is a good choice because she too is a crowd puller (so far).Recommend

  • Nargis
    Aug 10, 2015 - 5:15PM

    PTI and especially Imran Khan are no different than the other political parties of this country. Recommend

  • From Mars
    Aug 10, 2015 - 5:33PM

    I always knew she has political aims. Marriage with IK provides her the ready platform to launch herself. She herself has confessed that she wants to be the first lady of Pakistan but my assessment is that she wants to be the PM of Pakistan. People may not like my words but mark it, future will prove me right.Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:50PM

    So far Punjab maily produced useless politicians in last 68-years. Phathans, baloachis, Urdu Speaking, Kashmiris, Pashtoons, Sindis have been at forefront. All Punjab did work in fields grow crops and feed these people. And produce “Kurbani ke Bakrai” which these peole used to protect country borders and some time label them Shaeeds, Dictators and what not.
    Its Punjabis own fault for failing to produce a homest, brave and bold politician. So what Ms. Khan is doing is but normal, helping her husband and useing Pashtoon n phattan card and IK is trying to prove being Punjabi Niazi – with regard to Ms. Khan, well at least she knows what she is doing whereas, we had n probably may have hindu cum Irainian cum Baloach (combination blood chane), Kashmiri cum what not and like wise, there direction is unknown. Its Shameful that Punjab 65% of country lack serious politician.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:52PM

    @PTI:

    Imran Khan earned the title “U Turn Khan” for a reason. He turned away for pretty much everything he said he will do. Recommend

  • shak
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:54PM

    What is wrong with his wife giving speeches, as long as she does not do corruption and keeps her hands away from political decision-making of PTI. Dont focus on his personal life, look at his track record as a politician, did he steal, did he give favors to his relatives, did he protect the corrupt.

    These fake PTI supporters can not find any real faults with Imran Khan so they just come up with everything under the sun and hope that it sticks. Recommend

  • Ceiling Fan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 1:15AM

    @RehamFAn:
    Bewitched! Husan parast!Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:11AM

    @Anonymous:
    Kindly just go through what you wrote. Entry of Reham makes PTI immature and at the same times the party having all the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, nephews and nieces at important positions is mature?
    R.I.P logic.Recommend

  • MAQ
    Aug 11, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Being supporter of PTI, I feel PTI must refrain itself from the practice of family politics. Without saying anything about Reham Khan, dynastic politics eventually leads to destruction look at PPP the days of their emergence and their position now just a regional party of interior Sind.

    We have been criticizing the position of Bilawal, Hamza and Maryam in politics for the same reason as they are just there because of their relations to the leaders of respective political parties. How can we defend something that we denounce? Recommend

  • Sahir
    Aug 11, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Smart lady is on her way. I feel shame the way she inducted and emerged. I, No more for IK.Recommend

  • ziad
    Nov 4, 2015 - 3:41PM

    no matter what happened but Divorse is not liked by God and i think very bad thing happened…still .have full respect 4 both and no body should try to peer in personnel matters…Recommend

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