Imran Khan (Politician, Philanthropist, Cricketer)
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer who is the 22nd and current prime minister of Pakistan.
The current prime minister and only world cup winning captain Imran Khan was born in a Pashtun family in Lahore in 1952 and later graduated from Keble College Oxford in 1975. He debuted for the Pakistan national cricket team against England at an age of 18 in 1971. He captained the national team from 1982 to 1992 intermittently before ending his career with the world cup victory in 1992.
He is renowned as one of the best cricketing all-rounders and due to this ability, many people hope that he would succeed in the political field as well.
After a successful victory in the 2018 elections, he became the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan. He was expected to reform the issues of governance, accountability and reduce corruption. He has adapted to a tough start because the economy is unstable, the financial reforms he promised are slow and he is also accused of being under the military influence.
Imran Khan heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which he founded in 1996 in Lahore. He struggled for many years in the political field and ultimately became the second-largest party of Pakistan in the 2013 elections.
He pledged not to take IMF loans when he came to power when he was in opposition, but he broke his word and received loans from friends and the IMF instead. Since the 1980s, the country has received 13 IMF bailouts. The economy is in crisis, with slower-than-expected growth, a 15% loss in the value of the currency, and inflation of 10%. In a society where tax avoidance is the norm, one of his biggest difficulties is to expand the revenue base.
He first promised India peace, but military tensions in February 2020, as well as India’s virtual annexation of Kashmir, put a stop to that offer. He received widespread recognition for rescuing an Indian air force pilot who had been shot down during a standoff between the two nations’ air forces in February 2020.
He was a key figure in the creation of the Kartarpur Corridor, which allowed Sikh pilgrims from India to go to Pakistan without a visa. The sacred location is within 5 kilometers of the Indian border, providing a significant possibility for cooperation between the two countries. He has also rekindled cordial relations with the United States and Gulf nations, although he has also been chastised for failing to speak out against the Chinese government’s mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims.
He started a fundraising drive for a cancer hospital after his mother died of cancer in 1985. People responded to his appeal by donating to the worthy cause, and he was able to gather enough cash to build the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore in 1994. The scheme has been a big success, with 75 percent of patients obtaining free therapy. He also led a successful endeavor to establish Namal University, which offers scholarships to more than 90% of its students.