ISLAMABAD - Though Reham Khan, the wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, does not have an official position in the party, she has the potential of becoming ‘Faryal Talpur of PTI’ in the near future, say political sources.

“She is active in party affairs as a member (of the PTI). She does not have any position in the party at this time but things can change in near future. She has the potential of becoming PTI’s Faryual Talpur,” said a PTI lawmaker, who is close to the Khan family.

Faryal Talpur, the sister of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is believed in PPP circles as the second-in-command in the party. She has been active in politics for long and shares power with her brother and nephew Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the PPP.

The legislator told The Nation that over the last few months, Reham Khan has been active in party affairs and asserts herself.

“Imran Khan has no reservation on his active role in the party. The only thing he is worried about is that Reham Khan is his wife and the opposition parties might accuse him of promoting family politics -something he has been criticising in the past,” the PTI leader said.

Two lawmakers from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also confirmed that Reham was giving her inputs to the provincial government led by the PTI.

“She is intelligent and gives her opinion on running affairs of the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” one of them said.

Asked for comments, PTI’s Member National Assembly Rai Hassan Nawaz Khan said, “It is her right to be active in politics. I don’t think there is any harm in it”.

Khan added, “She is not interfering in party affairs at the moment. She is only engaged in social works. But in future, if she wishes to get more involvement in the party, there is nothing wrong with it”.

The PTI lawmaker said Reham was a member of the party and she was free to opine on any issue. “If she gives her opinion on a decision, no law stops her from doing so. As of present, she does not have a party office. But she has the right to become part of the electoral politics,” Khan remarked.

He said the party had not taken a decision to field her in any by-polls or the next general elections. “We can’t rule out if such a decision is taken in future,” the PTI leader added.

Another PTI legislator Dawar Khan Kundi said Reham would herself decide her future. “We have no reservations if she chooses to contest elections,” he said.

Kundi said Reham was active in social works and had proven that she could promote party’s image. “The time will decide her future but she is not interfering in party affairs. She does have her own opinion on issues,” he commented.

He said if the party decides to field her in the elections, “I don’t think anyone will oppose it”. There were rumours that Reham was thinking about taking part in active politics from the next general elections. Though these are still rumours, yet with the power position that Reham has attained upon marrying Imran Khan, one just cannot out-rightly dismiss the temptations she might be dealing with - to take part in politics.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong if she joins practical politics but it is again going to be her own decision. And the party has to decide who is beneficial in what role,” Kundi said. Reham was a broadcast journalist before she married Imran this year. She worked for the BBC as weather presenter. Her career in Pakistan began in January 2013 - she made coverage of the 2013 general elections.

Earlier this year, the KP government led by the PTI, appointed Reham as ambassador for street children. Her job includes raising awareness about the rights of poor children.