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Imran Khan, Journey From Cricketer To Prime Minister

Imran Khan is the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Let’s have a look at some of the most important moments of Imran Khan life.

Imran Khan Background :

PTI Chairman Imran Khan Niazi was born on 5 Oct 1952 to a Pashtun family in Mianwali, Punjab. Khan was the only son of his parents and only brother of his four sisters something which might be one of the reasons for his apparently arrogant personality. His family later moved to Lahore where he spent most of his youth. As a child in school, Khan was inclined towards cricket.

Education and Cricket:

Imran Khan has his initial education from Cathedral School and Aitchison College Lahore. Afterward, he achieved an undergraduate degree in Economics from Keble College, Oxford University. During that time, he captained Oxford University cricket team in 1974. Before joining Oxford cricket team, Khan made his debut as an all-rounder at the age of 18 for Pakistan in 1971 at Birmingham against England. Later, he also represented English county Worcester. He left his career at his peak after winning 1992’s ODI world cup.

Political Career:

In 1987, the military dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq, offered Imran Khan to join the Muslim League.  However, after retiring from cricket in 1992, Khan became an active humanitarian. He built a cancer hospital in the memory of his beloved mother who died of cancer. He named the hospital after her, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center. That was the time when he got married to Jemima Goldsmith with whom he has two children. The couple divorced after 9 years because of the difficulties caused by Imran Khan’s political career.

In 1993, Imran Khan was appointed as the ambassador of tourism, under the caretaker government of Moeen Qureshi. In 1994, some of Khan’s friends persuaded him in starting a proper political career and in 1996, he came up with the idea of establishing his own political party naming, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. PTI participated in 1997 elections but didn’t win even a single seat. In 1999,  Khan supported General Pervez Musharraf, and in 2002 elections Pakistan Tahreek-i-insaaf managed to won one seat- Khan’s own. He along with his party boycotted 2008’s elections because the government was under a President who was a uniformed military man

It was 2011 when Khan gained a lot of popularity and came under notice by the public. His political speeches in Karachi and Lahore drew large crowds.

Despite running a long campaign in 2013 elections, Imran Khan lost to PML-N, standing second and sat in opposition. However, they managed to make government in KPK. PTI spent their next four years protesting against corruption and accountability of politicians. In these years, Khan and PTI gained more popularity and in 2018 elections and won 116 National Assembly seats which after assembling independent candidates went up to 152. However, the part claimed to have gained 180+MNAs.

On 17 August 2018, Imran Khan became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan winning 176 votes. He took an oath of office on 18 August 2018.

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Bilal
Bilal is a graduate in Economics and Political Science. He has a keen interest in political and economic issues. He conducts in-depth analysis on policy matters and produces research-based reports to keep the readers equipped with latest facts.
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