Reham will neither contest elections on PTI ticket nor attend party events: Imran

Published: August 18, 2015


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.”

Read: NA-19 by-polls: PML-N candidate emerges winner

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.

Read: Reham Khan seizes the steering wheel

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.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • K Alam
    Aug 18, 2015 - 10:10AM

    For me nepotism is misuse of authority, resources and public money by the people in power to their near and dear ones, whereas Reham’s case seems different.Recommend

  • kalia
    Aug 18, 2015 - 10:12AM

    good decision!Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 18, 2015 - 10:39AM

    PTI does not need Reham. Her participation sends wrong signals outside and inside party. PTI can move forward without her. Absolutely correct decision. Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    Aug 18, 2015 - 10:42AM

    This woman is going to take down whatever is left of PTI. Imran is blinded by his love – the world isn’t.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Aug 18, 2015 - 11:23AM

    what is left in PTI which will be destroyed by Rehan Khan. PTI is now towards his end point.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:01PM

    Blunder after blunder………and still they learn nothing…..the peoples patience is finite not infinite.Recommend

  • Asad S
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:02PM

    The biggest enemy of PTI are Insafians themselves. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:19PM

    Stupidity has no limits. Rehman as a citizen of state has every right to take part in politics. IK can not take away that right. Again sign of male dominant society.Recommend

  • Shafiullah Shirazi
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Unfortunately Imran Khan is wasting his precious life for the people who unfortunately prefer to support leadership who haven’t delivered and will never deliver. I wish he give up… can take a horse to a stream but can’t make her drink..(the horse is people in this case).Recommend

  • Muhammad Waseem
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Good decision ……IK had to take strict action also againt Tareen, SMQ and parvaiz khatak that is the onlyway of survival and should bring forward rael people infront instead of these fakes otherwise PTI is going towards its endRecommend

  • Sameer Khan
    Aug 18, 2015 - 1:44PM

    IK is wasting his time and energy – we need education and mentoring for our next generation otherwise this vicious cycle will continue to roll on forever. Recommend

  • Sofia Seer
    Aug 18, 2015 - 2:08PM

    Well, these statements are coming from Imran Khan so we can all take them with a grain of salt. He might change his mind about this in a few months. Reham shouldn’t lose hope.Recommend

  • MAQ
    Aug 18, 2015 - 2:17PM

    I appreciateRecommend

  • Majid
    Aug 18, 2015 - 2:28PM

    Grapes are sour!Recommend

  • FUAD
    Aug 18, 2015 - 2:52PM

    Another classic “U” turn!Recommend

  • Waqas
    Aug 18, 2015 - 2:55PM

    everyone who is not associated is “appalled & disgusted” by pti followers on social media because mr. khan that’s your legacy.Recommend

  • J.Niaz
    Aug 18, 2015 - 3:38PM

    Congratulations on a very good decision.Recommend

  • liaqat ali
    Aug 18, 2015 - 4:39PM

    @Sofia Seer: well said. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 18, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Wise lady has been made scapegoat. She is the only intelligent, wise and bold person in whole PTI. Imran’s doesn’t like such people. It means if a stupid person of a family has entered politics before others, the much smarter spouses, off springs and siblings cannot adopt politics as their careers. if same principle had been applied to other professions, we would have not seen Imran in cricket.Recommend

  • Aug 18, 2015 - 5:28PM

    @Shafiullah Shirazi:
    I agree. I think he should settle abroad with his family and enjoy his life. This nation doesnt deserve a selfless person like him who is willing to die for them. We deserve Zardaris, Bhuttos and the rest of the mafias.Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 18, 2015 - 6:14PM

    Good decision, but people and media will not stop teasing, ridiculing and demoralising you. I wish they had criticised, in the same proportion and tone, those leaders and their families who are looting for the last three decades. You have tried your best IK for about two decades, quit politics, let us have the likes of Shareefs, Maulanas, and Zardaris and enjoy your life.Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Aug 18, 2015 - 6:26PM

    @Shafiullah Shirazi: I absolutely agree with you. Our nation deserves to be led by the likes of NS, SS, Zardari and his goons, Maulana Diesel, the Chaudhrys, etc etc. IK is wasting his life on these folks. He could have an absolutely amazing life without all this hassle. I have yet to find a more dedicated and committed person, who’s sole aim is to fix up this country and nation. Yes, he is human. Yes, he has made mistakes. But comparing his political mistakes to outright stripping of the national exchequer by the other goons is unpardonable. Recommend

  • M.Saeed
    Aug 18, 2015 - 9:50PM

    Another rapid-U-turn of Imran !
    First she was asked not to step in Politics. Then she was sent into politics starting from her place of origin. And now stopped doing anything political. How many more U-turns Imran?Recommend

  • Aug 19, 2015 - 12:35AM

    Reham should rather wait and cash in on old man’s legacy when the opportunity strikes for hazara tribe.Recommend

  • Hisham
    Aug 19, 2015 - 2:45AM

    She was emerging more popular than any other leader in pti. Now she can join Bol tv for time pass.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 20, 2015 - 12:25AM

    I am sure that all the PML and PPP supporters will now fight against the nepotism in both parties- thought not. The PTI does not need lessons from either of the family businesses!Recommend

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