A politician and former cricketer of Pakistan cricket team, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran khan turns 61 today.
Let’s have a quick pictorial glimpse of his life:
Imran Khan Niazi was born on 25 November 1952.
He was Pakistan’s most successful cricket captain leading his country to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, playing for the Pakistani cricket team from 1971 to 1992, and serving as its captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992.
At the age of 39, Khan led his team to Pakistan’s first and only World Cup victory in 1992.
Khan focused his efforts solely on social work. By 1991, he had founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organization bearing the name of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum. As the Trust’s maiden Endeavour, Khan established Pakistan’s first and only cancer hospital, constructed using donations and funds exceeding $25 million, rose by Khan from all over the world.
On 16 May 1995, Khan married Jemima Goldsmith, in a traditional Pakistani ceremony in Paris. A month later, on 21 June, they were married again in a civil ceremony at the Richmond registry office in England. Jemima was converted to Islam On 22 June 2004, it was announced that the Khans had divorced, ending the nine-year marriage because it was “difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan”
They have two sons from the marriage, Sulaiman Khan (born 1996) and Qasim Khan (born 1999).
In April 1996, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (“Movement for Justice”) political party was established and Khan became its chairman. Khan supported General Pervez Musharraf’s military coup in 1999, believing Musharraf would “end corruption, clear out the political mafias”. According to Khan, he was Musharraf’s choice for prime minister in 2002 but turned down the offer.
On 27 April 2008, Khan established a technical college in the Mianwali District called Namal College. It was built by the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT), and is an associate college of the University of Bradford in December 2005.
On 30 October 2011, Khan addressed more than 100,000 supporters in Lahore, challenging the policies of the government, calling that new change a “tsunami” against the ruling parties, His another successful public gathering of 250,000 supporters was in Karachi on 25 December 2011. Since then Khan has become a real threat to the ruling parties and future political prospect in Pakistan.
On 23 March 2013, Khan introduced the “Naya Pakistan Resolution” (New Pakistan) at the start of his election campaign.
Between 2011 and 2013, Khan and Nawaz Sharif began to engage each other in a bitter feud. The rivalry between the two leaders grew in late 2011 when Khan addressed his largest crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. From 26 April 2013, in the run up to the elections, both the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf started to criticize each other.
On 7 May, just four days before the elections, Khan was rushed to Shaukat Khanum hospital in Lahore after he tumbled from a forklift at the edge of a stage and fell headfirst to the ground.
Pakistan’s2013 elections were held on 11 May 2013 throughout the country. The elections resulted in a clear majority of Pakistan Muslim League (N). Khan’s PTI also emerged as the second largest party in Karachi. Khan’s party PTI won 30 directly elected parliamentary seats.
Khan’s party swooped the militancy-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and has formed the provincial government. Global Post mentioned him third in a list of nine world leaders of 2012 and recognized Khan as the face of anti-drone movement in Pakistan.
Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf became the opposition party in Punjab and Sindh. Khan became the parliamentary leader of his party.
PTI, the ruling party of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), has now staged sit-ins in the province against drone strikes and NATO supplies. Imran Khan and his party have turned out to be a tough opposition for the government.