ISLAMABAD - Not only she got entry into Bani Gala by tying the knot with Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, Reham Khan has successfully made inroads into politics by coming into open to campaign for the party.

Although Reham denies having any political role in PTI arguing she holds no office in the party, yet party sources say the role Reham plays in the party is much bigger than any office-bearer can play.

Less than a year since she got married to Imran Khan, PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government nominated Reham as Ambassador for Street Children, the provincial government inaugurated Street Children Academy, the first of its kind in the country.

Notwithstanding that Reham Khan holds no office in PTI, key office-bearers in the party believe that Reham established her influence in the party by addressing a rally in Haripur a couple of days ago in order to campaign for PTI’s candidate in the bye-polls to be held on August 18.

“She (Reham) represented Imran Khan in Haripur’s election campaign. It means that there is nobody in PTI that can represent Chairman in his absence. She has proved to be able to play his political role,” a PTI lawmaker said wishing not to be named.

Credible sources told The Nation that Reham was extensively approached by party workers during the award of tickets to candidates ahead of Local Bodies (LB) polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to seek her blessing and favour in the award of party tickets.

As the elected councillors in KP are in the race to get slots of district and tehsil chairmanships, successful PTI candidates have been approaching Reham for getting party’s backing for the slots of district nazim seats.

There were rumours that Reham may start her political career by contesting as PTI candidate from Haripur, however, according to a PTI office-bearer, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Vice-President PTI, was informed by some party workers that PTI was facing tough competition in the district from rivals in the by-polls.

“But there are chances and possibilities that Reham may get party ticket to contest election from a constituency where PTI chance of win is sure. And there is nothing objectionable if she gets entry into National Assembly,” he added.

But critics have raised eyebrows over the active involvement of Reham Khan in politics only because PTI that had been objecting to inheritance in politics has become part of those political families that Imran lambasted for being political dynasties.

Dr Ijaz Khan, Professor at Department of International Relations University of Peshawar, said the entry of Khan’s spouse in politics has further proved that real democratic traditions were still lacking in Pakistan.

“One should encourage women’s participation in politics but not women of political families only. It would have been better had another female leader in PTI other than Imran Khan’s family played a leading role. But Imran Khan who had been critic of family politics has realized that Pakistan is a feudal society and that family’s ladies can only protect the interests of party heads,” Dr Ijaz asserted.