Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan clarified early Tuesday morning that his wife, Reham Khan, will neither contest elections on a party ticket nor will attend any party gatherings.
In a series of tweets, the PTI chairman expressed ‘disgust’ over attacks on Reham after the party lost NA-19, Haripur elections to a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate. “She only went to campaign there on insistence of the candidate,” he defended.
“For the record, Reham has only attended PTI functions at the constant insistence of PTI members, especially the women,” he added.
Further, Imran said, “Reham Khan will hold no party position, no position in KP; nor will be given any official protocol.”
Claiming that Reham “already has too much on her plate, especially working with street children,” Imran said she will not attend any PTI function or event.
Despite this, Imran stressed his wife was ‘politicised’ and politicisation of women was one of the achievements of his sit-in held last year in the federal capital against the incumbent government.
The PTI chief also maintained that in NA-246 by-polls, he insisted Reham to visit Karachi and the constituency.
Soon after Imran’s tweets, Reham took to Twitter and said, “I have supported the PTI cause so far because it is something my husband has devoted his life too.”
Further, she added she would have supported anything her husband put his heart and soul in.
The PTI chairman’s wife also said that she has the same goal as her husband to see Pakistan prosper. “He pursues it via a political party and I work voluntarily for educating our children,” she said.
“I repeatedly said every time I was asked that I am not interested in contesting as those who do, haven’t made Pakistan any better,” she added.
“I had declined invitations for candidacy from political parties long before getting married to IK,” she continued.
Later in the day, Reham tweeted saying that she would not be attending the party’s events she was invited to.
Reham had officially grabbed the driving seat for PTI in NA-19, Haripur and had been actively campaigning for the party during the by-polls. Earlier, Imranand his wife had denied rumours over the latter’s plans to enter the political arena. However, recent developments contradicted these claims. Reham addressed the political meetings in Hindko, Pashto and Urdu and urged locals to vote for Zaman.
However, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Babar Nawaz emerged as the clear winner in the by-election, securing a little less than double the votes that his closest rival had, unofficial results showed on Sunday.