PESHAWAR - Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s wife Reham Khan on Sunday urged the government and people of Pakistan to join her mission for the welfare of street children as they are not children of the streets but actually their own children.

She said this while addressing a ceremony to mark the International Day of Street Children held at the Chief Minister House Peshawar. She said the street children are actually the state’s children, who need homes and education. “As a mother my responsibilities have increased,” she added. She stressed: “These are the children of state not street.

How can parents sleep while their children are wandering outside on streets, we have to realize the worries of poverty-stricken people and it is our main responsibility to play an active role to educate them and facilitate them.”  

She also appeared critical of the disregard among the Pakistani nation pertaining to street children. Reham said being an Islamic Republic it was the prime responsibility of the Pakistani people, especially those belonging to the educated class, to play their part in protecting street children. “We don’t let our children outside the gate alone, yet we see these children wandering on streets,” she said. She further stressed that it was not solely the government’s responsibility to improve living condition of street children.

Talking to media following the ceremony, Reham said PTI received warm welcome in Karachi. She said that only women can bring about a real change in NA-246, where by-elections is scheduled to be held on April 23.

Referring to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain’s offer to gift her a jewelry set on her maiden visit to Karachi last, she said, “I request MQM Chief Altaf Hussain if he really wants to gift something, he should donate it to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and for the welfare of street children.” “Why will I need jewelry? PTI supporters are my jewels,” she added

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government named Reham Khan, wife of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, as ambassador for street children. “An academy would be built for street children on 14 canal land in Peshawar,” Mehar Taj Roghani, Advisor to Chief Minister on Social Welfare disclosed this during the ceremony.