Imran Khan HI, PP, RCPE (Hon), ASY, WCY (Urdu: عِمران خان, ʿImrān Xān, pronounced [ɪmˈrɑːn ˈxɑːn]) born Imran Khan Niazi (Urdu: عِمران خان نِیازی, ʿImrān Xān Niyāzī, pronounced [ɪmˈrɑːn ˈxɑːn niˈɑˌzi]) on 25 November 1952, is a Pakistani politician, celebrity and former cricketer. He played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century and, after retiring, entered politics. Besides his political activism, Khan is also a prominent philanthropist, cricket commentator, Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Founding Chairman of Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. Through worldwide fundraising, he founded Namal College, Mianwali in 2008.
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. After retiring from cricket at the end of the 1987 World Cup in 1988, owing to popular demand he was requested to come back by the president of Pakistan Zia ul Haq to lead the team once again. At 39, Khan led his team to Pakistan's first and only World Cup victory in 1992. With 3807 runs and 362 wickets in Test cricket, he is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an 'All-rounder's Triple' in Test matches. On 14 July 2010, Khan was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
In April 1996, Khan established the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ("Movement for Justice") political party and became its chairman. He represented Mianwali as a member of the National Assembly from November 2002 to October 2007, he was again elected from three constituencies on May 2013, while his party banged 30 seats in the National Assembly around 10% of the total assembly. In December 2012, GlobalPost ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders and recognized Khan as the face of the anti-drone movement in Pakistan. According to Asia Society, Khan was voted as Asia’s Person of the Year 2012 scoring more than 88 per cent of the total votes cast. While according to the Pew Research Center in 2012 seven out of ten Pakistani respondents offered a favourable opinion about Khan, the survey also revealed that Khan enjoys incomparable popularity among youth.
Imran Khan was born in Lahore into a family of Pashtun origin, the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum. Although long settled in Mianwali in northwestern Punjab, the family are of Pashtun ethnicity and belong to the Niazi Shermankhel tribe. A quiet and shy boy in his youth, Khan grew up with his four sisters in relatively affluent (upper middle-class) circumstances and received a privileged education. He was educated at the Cathedral School in Lahore. He studied at Oxford University, England the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, where he excelled at cricket, and at Aitchison College, Lahore. In 1972, he enrolled to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford, where he graduated with a second-class degree in Politics and a third in Economics. Khan's mother hailed from the Burki family which had produced several successful cricketers, including such household names as cricketers Javed Burki and Majid Khan. Early in life, Khan developed an interest in cricket, which is an extremely popular sport in Pakistan.[not in citation given]
On 16 May 1995, Khan married Jemima Khan, 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, followed by a reception at the Goldsmiths' house in Surrey which was attended by London's elite. The marriage, described as "tough" by Khan, Imran and Jemima arrived at Zaman Park in Lahore from their honeymoon at one of the Goldsmiths' farms in Spain, they were greeted by international and local reporters. It was also announced that Jemima has converted to Islam and she would use 'Khan' as her last name. Imran's decision to join politics alarmed opposition politicians and intelligence agencies mainly because of Jemima's half Jewish ancestry, this also became a major point of criticism especially by Islamic parties who alleged that he was related to 'Zionists'. As an agreement of his marriage, Khan spent four months a year in England while other he spend in Lahore. The marriage produced two sons, Sulaiman Isa (born 18 November 1996) and Kasim (born 10 April 1999).
Rumours circulated that the couples marriage was in crisis, Jemima placed an advertisement in Pakistan newspapers to deny them. It read: "Whilst it is true that I am currently studying for a masters degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, it is certainly not true to say that Imran and I are having difficulties in our marriage. This is a temporary arrangement."  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". The marriage ended amicably. Khan has said the six months leading to the divorce and the six months after was the hardest years of his life. After the divorce Jemima returned to Britain with the boys, according to the divorce settlement Khan's sons visit him in Pakistan during their school holidays while he stays with his former mother-in-law, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, when he comes to London to see them. According to Jemima, Imran and she have remained on very good terms even after the divorce.
Khan now resides alone in Bani Gala farmhouse which spreads over 300 kanal (15 ha, 37 acre) of land overlooking the capital city of Islamabad and the Rawal Lake, which he built with the money he initially borrowed from his wife and repaid after selling his London flat, the farmhouse contains a traditionally styled furnished bungalow, an office, several lawns and a swimming pool. He grows fruit trees and wheat, and keeps cows and dogs, while also maintaining a cricket ground for his two sons, who visit during their holidays. Khan spends most of his time campaigning in different parts of the country and chairing meetings of his party in Lahore, where he stays in his house in Zaman Park where he grew up. As per the asset declaration by Imran Khan, he is worth a little more than Rs 30 million (approximately 234000 € or $300,000) which does not includes the worth of inherited property of 1,644 kanals and the 300 kanal farm house he resides in.
25 November 1952 |
Lahore, West Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Relations||Javed Burki (cousin)
Majid Khan (cousin)
|Test debut (cap 65)||3 June 1971 v England|
|Last Test||2 January 1992 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 12)||31 August 1974 v England|
|Last ODI||25 March 1992 v England|
|Domestic team information|
|1984/85||New South Wales|
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 24 December 2011
|Pride of Performance Award Recipient|
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Presented by||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award Recipient|
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Presented by||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
Khan made a lacklustre first-class cricket debut at the age of sixteen in Lahore. By the start of the 1970s, he was playing for his home teams of Lahore A (1969–70), Lahore B (1969–70), Lahore Greens (1970–71) and, eventually, Lahore (1970–71). Khan was part of University of Oxford's Blues Cricket team during the 1973–1975 seasons. At Worcestershire, where he played county cricket from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as only an average medium-pace bowler. During this decade, other teams represented by Khan included Dawood Industries (1975–1976) and Pakistan International Airlines (1975–1976 to 1980–1981). From 1983 to 1988, he played for Sussex.
Khan made his test cricket debut against England in 1971 in the city of Birmingham. Three years later, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Nottingham for the Prudential Trophy. After graduating from Oxford and finishing his tenure at Worcestershire, he returned to Pakistan in 1976 and secured a permanent place on his native national team starting from the 1976–1977 season, during which they faced New Zealand and Australia. Following the Australian series, he toured the West Indies, where he met Tony Greig, who signed him up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. His credentials as one of the fastest bowlers of the world started to become established when he finished third at 139.7 km/h in a fast bowling contest at Perth in 1978, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts.
As a fast bowler, Khan reached the peak of his powers in 1982. In 9 Tests, he got 62 wickets at 13.29 each, the lowest average of any bowler in Test history with at least 50 wickets in a calendar year. In January 1983, playing against India, he attained a Test bowling rating of 922 points. Although calculated retrospectively (ICC player ratings did not exist at the time), Khan's form and performance during this period ranks third in the ICC's All-Time Test Bowling Rankings.
Khan achieved the all-rounder's triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second fastest record behind Ian Botham's 72. He is also established as having the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 of the batting order. He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. Khan retired permanently from cricket six months after his last ODI, the historic 1992 World Cup final against England at Melbourne, Australia.[not in citation given] He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world's fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score remains 102 not out. His best ODI bowling is documented at 6 wickets for 14 runs.
At the height of his career, in 1982, the thirty-year-old Khan took over the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team from Javed Miandad. Recalling his initial discomfort with this new role, he later said, "When I became the cricket captain, I couldn’t speak to the team directly I was so shy. I had to tell the manager, I said listen can you talk to them, this is what I want to convey to the team. I mean early team meetings I use to be so shy and embarrassed I couldn’t talk to the team." As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, out of which 14 were won by Pakistan, 8 lost and the rest of 26 were drawn. He also played 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie.
In the team's second match under his leadership, Khan led them to their first Test win on English soil for 28 years at Lord's. Khan's first year as captain was the peak of his legacy as a fast bowler as well as an all-rounder. He recorded the best Test bowling of his career while taking 8 wickets for 58 runs against Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1981–1982. He also topped both the bowling and batting averages against England in three Test series in 1982, taking 21 wickets and averaging 56 with the bat. Later the same year, he put up a highly acknowledged performance in a home series against the formidable Indian team by taking 40 wickets in six Tests at an average of 13.95. By the end of this series in 1982–1983, Khan had taken 88 wickets in 13 Test matches over a period of one year as captain.
This same Test series against India, however, also resulted in a stress fracture in his shin that kept him out of cricket for more than two years. An experimental treatment funded by the Pakistani government helped him recover by the end of 1984 and he made a successful comeback to international cricket in the latter part of the 1984–1985 season.
In India in 1987, Khan led Pakistan in its first ever test series win and this was followed by Pakistan's first series victory in England during the same year. During the 1980s, his team also recorded three creditable draws against the West Indies. India and Pakistan co-hosted the 1987 World Cup, but neither ventured beyond the semi-finals. Khan retired from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. In 1988, he was asked to return to the captaincy by the president Of Pakistan, General Zia-Ul-Haq, and on 18 January, he announced his decision to rejoin the team. Soon after returning to the captaincy, Khan led Pakistan to another winning tour in the West Indies, which he has recounted as "the last time I really bowled well". He was declared Man of the Series against West Indies in 1988 when he took 23 wickets in 3 tests.
Khan's career-high as a captain and cricketer came when he led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Playing with a brittle batting line-up, Khan promoted himself as a batsman to play in the top order along with Javed Miandad, but his contribution as a bowler was minimal. At the age of 39, Khan took the winning last wicket himself.
Khan mentioned in his autobiography that he wanted to play the English tour after the 1992 World Cup. The other players were afraid that all the prize money from the World Cup victory would be donated to Khan's cancer hospital, and so they were not willing to allow Khan to play in that series. Consequently, Khan retired from cricket in October 1992, his last game being the World Cup Final.
In 1994, Khan had admitted that, during Test matches, he "occasionally scratched the side of the ball and lifted the seam." He had also added, "Only once did I use an object. When Sussex were playing Hampshire in 1981 the ball was not deviating at all. I got the 12th man to bring out a bottle top and it started to move around a lot." In 1996, Khan successfully defended himself in a libel action brought forth by former English captain and all-rounder Ian Botham and batsman Allan Lamb over comments they alleged were made by Khan in two articles about the above-mentioned ball-tampering and another article published in an Indian magazine, India Today. They claimed that, in the latter publication, Khan had called the two cricketers "racist, ill-educated and lacking in class." Khan protested that he had been misquoted, saying that he was defending himself after having admitted that he tampered with a ball in a county match 18 years ago. Khan won the libel case, which the judge labelled a "complete exercise in futility", with a 10–2 majority decision by the jury.
Since retiring, Khan has written opinion pieces on cricket for various British and Asian newspapers, especially regarding the Pakistani national team. His contributions have been published in India's Outlook magazine, the Guardian, the Independent, and the Telegraph. Khan also sometimes appears as a cricket commentator on Asian and British sports networks, including BBC Urdu and the Star TV network. In 2004, when the Indian cricket team toured Pakistan after 14 years, he was a commentator on TEN Sports' special live show, Straight Drive, while he was also a columnist for sify.com for the 2005 India-Pakistan Test series. He has provided analysis for every cricket World Cup since 1992, which includes providing match summaries for the BBC during the 1999 World Cup.
- He holds the world record for taking most wickets (78) in Test wins as captain (as of Feb 2013)
- He also has the best bowling figures (8 wickets for 60 runs) in a Test innings in a win as captain (as of Feb 2013).
- He has the most five-wicket hauls (6) in a Test innings in wins as captain (as of Feb 2013)
During the 1990s, Khan also served as UNICEF's Special Representative for Sports and promoted health and immunisation programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. While in London, he also works with the Lord's Taverners, a cricket charity.
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
For more than four years after retiring from cricket in 1992, Khan focused his efforts solely on social work. By 1991, he had founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organisation 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, raised by Khan from all over the world. Inspired by the memory of his mother, who died of cancer, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, a charitable cancer hospital with 75 percent free care, opened in Lahore on 29 December 1994. Khan currently serves as the chairman of the hospital and continues to raise funds through charity and public donations. Recently, the plans to build the second Shaukat Khanum in Peshawar are underway. The construction work for the project has started and the hospital is expected to be functional in about 3 years. Funds are being raised for the cause and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has donated 50 Kanals of land for the hospital. On 9 March 2013, Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti praised the services of Imran Khan and his team for the ailing humanity while speaking to the ground breaking ceremony of Shaukat Khanum hospital in Peshawar, he also announced a grant of Rs 50 million for the construction of the hospital and said that the government would wholeheartedly assist in timely completion of the project.
Namal Knowledge City
On 27 April 2008, Khan's brainchild, a technical college in the Mianwali District called Namal College the first phase of the billion rupee project of Namal Knowledge City, was inaugurated. Namal College was built by the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT), as chaired by Khan, and is an associate college of the University of Bradford (of which Khan is Chancellor) in December 2005. University of Bradford has worked closely with Khan and Namal College in designing the courses and curriculum, ensuring quality assurance, training and development for the faculty and advising on matters related to academic administration. There are now 250 students studying for University of Bradford degrees at Namal College and more than 90% of these students are currently on financial support. The college is part of an under construction Namal knowledge city which will be spread over 3000 acres and is the first knowledge city in Pakistan. It is expected to be completed by 2020 and will cost Rs 1 billion to construct, Khan wishes once fully established the city will become hub of education in the country and will be home to several foreign universities.
Countries are built on knowledge cities, knowledge cities provide the intellectual and technical base for a country to become a developed country—Imran Khan on 23 April 2013, 
Imran Khan Foundation
Imran Khan Foundation is another brainchild of Imran Khan, which aims to assist the flood victims in Pakistan. IKF has provided 200 trucks filled with essential life saving supplies including medicine, food, tents, blankets, water and winterized clothing. Approximately 25 Relief camps were set up all over the country by IKF volunteers. Imran Khan also personally inaugurated a temporary hospital for the flood affected at Jamshoro. In 9 districts of Sindh, 11 relief camps were set up that supported, at their peak, over 1000 families. In Southern Punjab, 9 relief camps were set up in Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts to support a total of 400 families. IKF also launched Village Development Programme in October 2010. Under this program the IKF is repairing and reconstructing around 3500 houses in over 70 villages in the flood devastated areas. Buksh Foundation has partnered with Imran Khan Foundation to light up villages in Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali and Dera Ismail Khan under the project 'Lighting a Million Lives'. The campaign will establish several Solar Charging Stations in the selected off-grid villages providing and will provide villagers with solar lanterns, which can be regularly charged at the solar-charging stations. On 17 January 2013, IKF also launched a relief project for Internally displaced person who were displaced due to war on terror, the project worth approximately Rs 30 million – almost Rs 12,000 per beneficiary family – will focus on the unnoticed victims of the refugees of the Mehsud Tribe, who have fled from their home agency of North Waziristan.
In 1996, Khan founded a political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which emphasized on anti-corruption policies. The newly formed party was unable to win a seat during the 1997 Pakistani general election. 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. The 2002 Pakistani general election were held in October across 272 constituencies. Khan anticipated doing well in the elections and was prepared to form a coalition if his party did not get a majority of the vote. He was elected from the NA-71 constituency of Mianwali and being the only party member to have secured a seat, PTI won only 0.8% of the popular vote. Khan, who was sworn in as an MP on 16 November, remained part of the Standing Committees on Kashmir and Public Accounts, and expressed legislative interest in Foreign Affairs, Education and Justice.
On 6 May 2005, Khan became one of the first Muslim figures to criticise a 300-word Newsweek story about the alleged desecration of the Qur'an in a U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Khan held a press conference to denounce the article and demanded that Gen. Pervez Musharraf secure an apology from the American president George W. Bush for the incident. In June 2007, the federal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr. Sher Afgan Khan Niazi and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party filed separate ineligibility references against Khan, asking for his disqualification as member of the National Assembly on grounds of immorality. Both references, filed on the basis of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan, were rejected on 5 September.
On 2 October 2007, as part of the All Parties Democratic Movement, Khan joined 85 other MPs to resign from Parliament in protest of the presidential election scheduled for 6 October, which General Musharraf was contesting without resigning as army chief. On 3 November 2007, Khan was put under house arrest at his father's home hours after president Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan. Khan had demanded the death penalty for Musharraf after the imposition of emergency rule, which he equated to "committing treason". The next day, on 4 November, Khan escaped and went into peripatetic hiding. He eventually came out of hiding on 14 November to join a student protest at the University of the Punjab. At the rally, Khan was captured by students from the Jamaat-i-Islami political party, who claimed that Khan was an uninvited nuisance at the rally, and they handed him over to the police, who charged him under the Anti-terrorism act for allegedly inciting people to pick up arms, calling for civil disobedience, and for spreading hatred.
On 30 October 2011, Khan changed the political picture of the country by addressing more than 100,000 supporters in Lahore, challenging the policies of the current government, calling this new change a "tsunami" against the ruling parties, followed by another successful public gathering of 250,000 supporters in Karachi on 25 December 2011. Since then Imran Khan has become a real threat to the current ruling parties and future political prospect in Pakistan. According to the International Republican Institute's (IRI's) survey, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tops the list of popular parties in Pakistan both at the national and provincial level, leaving Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) behind.
On 30 June 2012, a survey conducted by an international research organisation found Imran Khan to be the most popular leader of the country because of the principled stance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on the critical issues faced by the country. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre under its Global Attitudes project, the PTI chief has 70 percent approval ratings, moving up the list by 18 percentage points over the past two years. In 2010, his ratings stood at 52 percent.
On 6 October 2012, Khan led a vehicle caravan of protesters from Islamabad to the village of Kotai in Pakistan's South Waziristan region. The purpose of this demonstration was to protest U.S. drone missile strikes against Islamic militants in Pakistan's tribal regions. Khan was joined by a number of Americans, including members of Code Pink, a U.S.-based anti-drone activist group. Some observers suggested that part of Khan's motivation for the public rally was to build support for his PTI party ahead of national elections in 2013. Khan is quoted as saying that as Prime Minister he would refuse foreign aid in order to "take away the narrative of the Jihad".
On 23 March 2013, Khan passed the "Naya Pakistan Resolution" (New Pakistan) at the start of his election campaign while addressing a large rally at Iqbal Park. He made six promises to the Pakistani People if he comes to power which includes that he will never lie to the nation, he and his government will wage a 'Jihad' against injustice in the country, he will keep all his wealth in Pakistan, he will not take or allow others to take unfair benefit during PTI’s tenure in the government, he will guard the nation's tax. It will not be spent on the Governor's, PM's and CM's houses, the PTI government will break the walls of the Governor houses and will stand by overseas Pakistanis. 
Khan's home was the subject of an attack in April 2013 that involved 100 participants and resulted in the beating of his brother-in-law. The incident occurred in the month before general Pakistani elections for which Khan was considered a major contender. In the wake of the attack, PTI official Shireen Mazari demanded the immediate resignation of the interior minister, while Islamabad police attributed the disturbance to members of Khan's own political party. Mazari's statement asserted that the "resultant attack … put his [Khan's] and his family's lives at risk while the police and local administration did not respond despite repeated calls."
On 28 April 2013 Election Commission of Pakistan took notice of Khan's statement regarding Nawaz Sharif which asked people to differentiate between "Leader and Geedar (jackal)", while he was addressing a rally at Bahawalpur. On the same day The News International published a story claiming doubts about the commission's partiality, it stated that just one-day back when Khan delivered his speech, Nawaz Sharif addressed Khan as "Madaari" (juggler) and as a player, but surprisingly no action was taken by the commission on on this speech.
On 29 April The Observer termed Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as the main opposition to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, according to the newspaper that the traditional contender of PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party have almost lost it out to Sharif brothers. On 30 April 2013, Manzoor Wattoo president of Pakistan Peoples Party (Punjab) offered Imran the office of prime minister in the possible coalition government which would include the PPP and Khan's PTI, in a move to prevent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to make the government. Khan's spokesperson Shireen Mazari was quick to reject the offer, she termed as the offer to discredit Khan and his party.
2013 elections campaign
On 21 April 2013 Khan launched his final public relations campaign for 2013 elections from Lahore where he addressed thousands of supporters at the The Mall, Lahore followed by prayers at the Data Durbar Complex.  which was followed by large rallies in Karak and Dera Ismail Khan. He also announced that he would pull Pakistan out of the U.S.-led war on terror and bring peace in the Pashtun tribal belt. On 22 April 2013 Khan addressed different public meetings in Malakand, Lower Dir District and Upper Dir District where he announced that PTI will introduce uniform education system in which the children of rich and poor will have equal opportunities.
On the same day he led a well-attended rally in Rawalpindi's Constituency NA-56 which included tens of hundreds of his supporters embarking on vehicle. He was accompanied by his political ally Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad. On 23 April 2013 Khan addressed large rallies in Renala Khurd, Okara and other parts of Sahiwal Division as a move to mobilize people, he also challenged PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to a live debate, a challenge which PML-N was quick to decline. On 24 April, Khan addressed rallies Nankana Sahib District, Sheikhupura and Pattoki where he announced that once he comes to power no parliamentarian will receive development funds as they are misused for achieving political gains.
On 25 April Khan continued his PR campaign by addressing political gatherings in South Punjab including Pakpattan, Lodhran and Vehari. On the following day Khan continued his mass campaign in South Punjab, he addressed rallies at Jalalpur Pirwala, Muzaffargarh, Mian Channu, Kabirwala and Khanewal where he promised to end the system of tyranny and announced that once in Power he will make law which will allow every village or town to elect its own Station House Officer which he believes will prevent corruption and police brutality, he also promised to eliminate the post of Patwari and make a computerized and professional land record system.
Khan ended his south Punjab campaign by addressing rallies at Bahawalpur, Khanpur, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur on 27 April. During the campaign he collectively visited over 25 towns and cities and addressed dozens of rallies and corner meetings, at the end he promised to hang the killers behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto he also said that the local government system is important for prosperity of Pakistan. On 28 April, Khan moved to central Punjab where he addressed large rallies at Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Sargodha while promising people to bring justice and equality to Pakistan.
On 29 April 2013 Khan addressed rallies at Murree, Talagang, Chakwal, Taxila and Attock On 30 April, Khan visited his home town of Mianwali where he addressed several rallies, he lashed out on Bhutto's and Sharif's. He is quoted to say 'You can't lead revolution from behind bulletproof glass' he also claimed that he had conquered fear of dying 17 years ago. On 1 and 2 March Khan addressed gatherings in Sibi, Loralai, Zafarwal, Pasrur, Narowal, Jacobabad and also led a car rally in Rawalpindi. On 3 May Khan continued his campaign at Battagram, Mansehra, Torghar District, Abbottabad and Haripur, followed by rallies at Buner District, Swabi, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera and Peshawar on 4th while promising to abandon war on terror. Khan May 5 arrested rallies at Chiniot, Khushab, Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad.
Imran Khan ended his much publicized campaign by addressing a rally of supporters in Islamabad via a video link while lying on a bed at a hospital in Lahore. While delivering a deeply personal speech he urged his supporters to give change a chance and vote for PTI and end the status quo. “Until now, no one has changed anything. The parties take turns but have not changed the system. I will transfer power to the common people. Would you support me? Imran asked the people. According to Geo TV’s reports the rally was larger than Tahir-ul-Qadri’s long march while according to The Express Tribune over 35,000 supporters turned up at the rally. According to the last survey before the elections by The Herald showed 24.98 percent of voters nationally planned to vote for his party, just a whisker behind former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
Election campaign injury
On 7 May, just four days before the elections, Imran 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, nearly 5 m (15 ft) below. Imran Khan was being lifted up to the stage when a security man clambered on to the forklift causing Imran Khan and three other men already on the forklift to lose their footing. According to initial reports from Pakistani journalists and bloggers, Mr. Khan was in stable condition and would return within a few hours to finish the rally. It was later posted on his Facebook page that all rallies on that day and the following day were now cancelled.
The stage used for the rally had no adjoining steps, so Khan was raised onto the dais by a forklift stacked with pallets. Why he fell is still not clear, however an unstable forklift, overloading of the makeshift structure with security guards and some pushing and shoving resulting in the pallets slipping from the tines are among the possible causes. CNBC Pakistan cited witnesses who claimed that the security guards were told not to mount the forklift as this could cause an accident, and that this advice was ignored when more guards tried to climb on board. Dawn stated that Khan was being lifted by a crane along with five other people and lost his balance and fell as a sixth person tried to climb on while the pallet stack was being raised. When the sixth guard tried to clamber up, the pallets slipped from the tines. Khan lost his balance, toppled over and struck his head against the forklift while plummeting to the ground. He sustained injuries both to his back and head, requiring some 16 stitches in his occipital region. Some media commentators in Pakistan criticized the fact that there were no steps on the side of the stage, a basic health and safety measure which is widely practiced in other, civilised, countries.
His former wife Jemima Khan wrote on Twitter: "He is in hospital and conscious now". His nephew, Hassan Niazi, tweeted: "Chairman reciting kalima in ambulance – he is fine – please just pray". Hundreds of well-wishers and supporters later gathered outside the Shaukat Khanum hospital, chanting "Long live Imran Khan". Khan, later that evening, during an interview from the hospital said "I did whatever I could for this country, its up to the people to change their destiny. Come out on the 11th and vote for change, not on the basis of castes or tribes but for the ideology of the party. Come out and vote for PTI without considering its candidates, just vote for PTI." he said.
I have fought for Pakistan for 17 years. I have done whatever I could, now I want you to take over your responsibilities. If you want to change your fate, you will have to take responsibility—Imran Khan on 8 May 2013, 
The incident immediately got extensive media coverage in Pakistan as almost all Pakistani news channels showed uninterrupted break free coverage for hours of the incident. Some non-news Pakistani channels also interrupted their regular programming to show the breaking news. Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement all expressed their sympathy over Imran’s injury and prayed for his swift recovery. Najam Sethi, Shahid Afridi and all central party leaders visited Khan at the hospital. The former chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, who is Imran Khan's political rival visited Imran at the hospital. Political leader Nawaz Sharif, whom Imran Khan is campaigning against for position of Prime Minister in the upcoming elections also announced that he is cancelling his election campaign as a show of solidarity. Nawaz Sharif expressed deep concerns over Imran Khan’s injuries. During an election rally he was holding in Rawalpindi, Nawaz Sharif prayed with all participants at the rally for his health. He then announced that there will be no more rallies and urged his supporters to go home and pray for Imran's recovery.
|Seats of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
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Pakistan's 2013 elections were held on 11 May 2013 throughout the country. The elections resulted in a clear majority of Pakistan Muslim League (N) a strong rival of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but Khan did managed to take over Pakistan Peoples Party as the main opposition to PML-N's candidates in the Punjab Province where Khan's popularity was able to push 20 representatives to the Punjab Assembly. PTI also emerged as the second largest party in Karachi
While according to non-official results announced by Pakistani media and the Election Commission of Pakistan. Imran Khan won three of the four constituencies he contested winning from Constituency NA-1, Constituency NA-56 and Constituency NA-71. While Khan's party PTI won 30 directly elected parliamentary seats which is 300 percent more than it got in 2002 elections. PTI is emerged as a close third largest party nationally as well as being the largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and second largest in Punjab. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI defeated all mainstream political parties across the province with mostly new candidates. It also won every seat in Peshawar, Nowshera and Mardan district, it is expected that PTI will lead a coalition government in the province. Imran Khan's party couldn't manage to win a majority in Punjab but made some wins while barely managed to make any inroads in Sindh or Baluchistan. PTI got 34 out of 99 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
The election results of Khan's PTI resulted into a wide coverage from international and national media. According to the BBC 'Khan played a long, dogged innings, and though he could not lead his team to victory, he has avoided a defeat'. According to The Guardian he appealed to the educated middle classes but Pakistan's main problem is that there aren't enough educated urban middle class citizens in the country, it also claimed that If all the world's magazine editors were allowed to vote for Imran Khan he would be the prime minister of half the English-speaking world. According to the Daily Mail Khan had expected to do better and will be disappointed by the result. Two days after the election Khan addressed his supporters from the hospital he said:
“We are now moving towards democracy. I congratulate the nation on the numbers in which they turned out to vote. The youth was with me. That is my victory,”—Imran Khan on 14 May 2013, 
On the same day Khan requested a partial recount of few constituencies by the election commision. Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf conceded defeat in the polls on 12th May, Asad Umar, Khan's campaign manager, congratulated Nawaz Sharif's party on the election success while promising to make a strong opposition.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government
Khan's party surprisingly swooped the militancy-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where with the backing of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party PTI will form the provincial government. On 13th May 2013, Parvez Khattak was nominated by Khan to the top post of Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 
Khan's proclaimed political platform and declarations include: Islamic values, to which he rededicated himself in the 1990s; liberal economics, with the promise of deregulating the economy and creating a welfare state; decreased bureaucracy and the implementation of anti-corruption laws, to create and ensure a clean government; the establishment of an independent judiciary; overhaul of the country's police system; and an anti-militant vision for a democratic Pakistan.
Khan told Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I want Pakistan to be a welfare state and a genuine democracy with a rule of law and an independent judiciary." Other ideas he has presented include a requirement of all students to spend a year after graduation teaching in the countryside and cutting down the overstaffed bureaucracy in order to send them to teach too. "We need decentralisation, empowering people at the grass roots," he has said.
Mohammad Iqbal's work has influenced Imran Khan in his deliberations on an "Islamic social state". Khan's call for religion and national pride to play a greater role appeal primarily to a gradually growing young and educated urban middle class. As the political elite have shown neither the desire or ability to act against the energy crisis, inflation, and social tensions, the population is looking for alternatives. Providing a credible new leadership for restoration of Pakistan's political and economic sovereignty through building a new bond of trust between the government and the people is another stated goal of party. Establishment of a strong accountability and anti-corruption system is also very important part of PTI's agenda.
I dreamt about playing for Pakistan at the age of nine and I played for the national team at 18. I dreamt of becoming world’s best all-rounder; in nine years' time I became one. I dreamt of making Pakistan the best cricket team and winning a world cup; it took 10 years and we won in 1992. I dreamt of establishing a great cancer hospital, it took five years and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was created. I dreamt of a university like Oxford; I set up Namal University. Though, it is just the beginning for the institution. When I joined politics, I dreamt of Pakistani people rallying with me for a better Pakistan and on 30 October 2011 the ‘tsunami’ took over Pakistan. Four months back, I dreamt of Pakistanis celebrating in the streets and I realised PTI had swept the general elections."—Imran Khan on 31 March 2013, 
Whoever wants to succeed, succeeds in the first try—Imran Khan on 23 April 2013, 
War on terror and Pakistani Taliban
Khan is often mocked as ‘Taliban Khan’ because of his stance against the war in North-West Pakistan. He believes in negotiations with Taliban and the pull out of the Pakistan Army from FATA. He is against US drone strikes and plans to disengage Pakistan from the US-led war on terror. Khan also opposes almost all military operations, including the Siege of Lal Masjid. According to Khan widespread military operations lead to indiscriminate killings in the areas that are targeted by security forces and this, in turn, allows the Taliban to recruit more people to their cause. Khan also believes that local people who do not believe in Taliban ideology outnumber the militants and that their support is key to putting an end to the seemingly endless war on terror. Khan has also said that drone strikes are immoral because they kill suspected militants without a fair trial.
Rally in South Waziristan
In August 2012, the Pakistani Taliban issued death threats if he went ahead with his march to their tribal stronghold along the Afghan border to protest US drone attacks, because he calls himself a "liberal" – a term they associate with a lack of religious belief.  On 1 Oct 2012, prior to his plan to address a rally in South Waziristan, senior commanders of Pakistani Taliban said after a meeting headed by the Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud that they now offered Khan security assistance for the rally because of Khan's opposition to drone attacks in Pakistan, reversing their previous stance.
"I told the world some eight years ago that there was no military solution to this problem as the only way out is to hold talks and settle it politically but at that time they called me ‘Taliban Khan’ but now they all agree with me as they could not win this so-called war on terrorism,"—Imran Khan on 24 Feb 2012, 
Six Promises of a New Pakistan
On 23 March 2013 (Pakistan Day) Imran Khan addressed over 200,000 supporters at Iqbal Park and made Six promises to the people of Pakistan if he comes to power also known as Imran Khan’s six pledges.
- I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan.
- The PTI government that will come into power, I promise that we will try to end tyranny.
- I will never take my money out of Pakistan.
- I will never take personal benefit from being in government, nor will my relatives be allowed to benefit from my being in power.
- I will protect your tax money.
- We will stand together with every Pakistani whether they are inside or outside of Pakistan.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Khan became known as a socialite for his strict behaviour against Western customs, and is often dismissed as a political lightweight and a celebrity outsider in Pakistan, where national newspapers also refer to him as a "honest politician". Political observers say the crowds he draws are attracted by his cricketing celebrity, and the public has been reported to view him as a figure of entertainment as well as serious political authority.
Declan Walsh in The Guardian newspaper in England in 2005 described Khan as an "honest politician," observing that, "Khan's ideas and affiliations since entering politics in 1996 have swerved and skidded like a rickshaw in a rainshower… He preaches democracy one day but gives a vote to reactionary mullahs the next." The charge constantly raised against Khan is that of hypocrisy and opportunism, including what has been called his life's "playboy to puritan U-turn." Political commentator Najam Sethi, stated that, "A lot of the Imran Khan story is about backtracking on a lot of things he said earlier, which is why this doesn't inspire people.". He is also accused of having links with Pakistan's 'establishment'.
In 2008, as part of the Hall of Shame awards for 2007, Pakistan's Newsline magazine gave Khan the "Paris Hilton award for being the most undeserving media darling." The 'citation' for Khan read: "He is the leader of a party that is the proud holder of one National Assembly seat (and) gets media coverage inversely proportional to his political influence." The Guardian has described the coverage garnered by Khan's post-retirement activities in England, where he made his name as a cricket star and a night-club regular, as "terrible tosh, with danger attached. It turns a great (and greatly miserable) Third World nation into a gossip-column annexe. We may all choke on such frivolity. On 4th March Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, issued a Fatwa against Imran Khan, saying that voting for the him or his party is ‘haram’ alleging him as Ahmadi agent and Zionist lobbyist.
Awards and honours
- Khan is featured in the University of Oxford's Hall of Fame and has been an honorary fellow of Oxford's Keble College.
- In 1976 as well as 1980, Khan was awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket.
- In 1983, he was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year
- In 1983, he received the president’s Pride of Performance Award
- In 1985, Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year
- In 1990, Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year
- In 1992, Khan was given Pakistan's civil award, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz
- On 8 July 2004, Khan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Asian Jewel Awards in London, for "acting as a figurehead for many international charities and working passionately and extensively in fund-raising activities."
- On 7 December 2005, Khan was appointed the fifth Chancellor of the University of Bradford, where he is also a patron of the Born in Bradford research project.
- On 13 December 2007, Khan received the Humanitarian Award at the Asian Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur for his efforts in setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan.
- On 5 July 2008, he was one of several veteran Asian cricketers presented special silver jubilee awards at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) award ceremony in Karachi.
- In 2009, at International Cricket Council's centennial year celebration, Khan was one of fifty-five cricketers inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
- In 2011 he was given the Jinnah Award.
- On 28 July 2012, Imran Khan was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in recognition of his services for cancer treatment in Pakistan, through the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.
- In 2012 according to Pew Research Center, seven out of ten Pakistani respondents offered a favourable opinion about Khan. The survey also revealed that Khan enjoys incomparable popularity among youth.
- He was the Asia Society's Person of the Year 2012.
- In December 2012, GlobalPost ranked him third in a list of the top nine world leaders who influenced the world the most in 2012, behind Christine Lagarde and Barack Obama while more influential than Hillary Clinton, Kim Jong Un and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Khan has published six works of non-fiction, including an autobiography co-written with Patrick Murphy. He periodically writes editorials on cricket and Pakistani politics in several leading Pakistani and British newspapers. It was revealed in 2008 that Khan's second book, Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan, had required heavy editing from the publisher. The publisher Jeremy Lewis revealed in a memoir that when he asked Khan to show his writing for publication, "he handed me a leatherbound notebook or diary containing a few jottings and autobiographical snippets. It took me, at most, five minutes to read them; and that, it soon became apparent, was all we had to go on."
- Khan, Imran & Murphy, Patrick (1983). Imran: The autobiography of Imran Khan. Pelham Books. ISBN 0-7207-1489-3.
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- Guardian comments, political and cricket commentary by Khan
- Telegraph columns, sports articles penned by Khan from 2000 to present
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- Benazir Bhutto has only herself to blame, Khan's 2007 editorial on Bhutto's return to Pakistan
- Let's give peace a chance Imran Khan's column on The News International, 4 October 2012
In popular culture
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