Imran Khan – From cricketing legend to prime minister of Pakistan

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After more than two decades of political campaigning, much of it spent in the political wilderness, Imran Khan has finally become Prime Minister of Pakistan.

For Pakistanis, Khan was one of the few people who did them proud. Winning the Cricket World Cup in 1992 was a rare moment when Pakistan distinguished itself internationally. Pakistanis had grown weary of being principally depicted as a Third World basket case beset by social problems where women, minorities and the poor were treated appallingly. At times when boorish and condescending English cricketers like Ian Botham described Pakistan as “a place to send your mother-in-law”, Khan confronted that racism publicly.

After leading the country to victory in the 1992 World Cup Final, Khan retired from cricket and joined politics. In addition to the founding Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he is also a social worker

Achievements

  • Khan was awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award in 1976 and 1980 for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket.
  • Named as the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1983.
  • He Received President’s Pride of Performance award in 1983.
  • Received the Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year Award in 1985.
  • Served as the Unicef’s Special Representative for Sports during the 1990’s.
  • He was the first and only captain to win an ODI World Cup Final for Pakistan, in 1992.
  • One of the world’s eight cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches.
  • He founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research center in 1994.
  • He is the only Pakistani to be appointed as a Vice Chancellor of Bradford University, UK.
  • Imran Khan was one of the several veteran cricketers who were presented with special silver jubilee awards by the Asian cricket Council at its inaugural session held on July 5, 2008 in Karachi.
  • He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘acting as a figurehead for many international charities and working passionately and extensively in fund-raising activities’ at the 2004 Asian Jewels Awards held in London.
  • Khan received the Humanitarian Award at the Asian Sports Awards in recognition for his efforts in setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan held on December 13, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame on July 14, 2010.
  • He is the only leader from any Asian or African country, outside the government, who has addressed the World Economic Forum held at Davos.

Quotes

Compromise for your dream but never compromise for them. (Imran Khan)

I am not anti-west, I am pro Pakistan. (Imran Khan)

I do not have any fears, no fear of dying, of failure, of anything; that means I am very dangerous for my opponents. (Imran Khan)

It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you. (Imran Khan)

You all have to make a new Pakistan. Naya Pakistan is not a slogan – it’s a belief. (Imran Khan)

But I don’t need to use politics as a way of making money. (Imran Khan)

Because I’m anti-war, I’ve been called pro-Taliban. (Imran Khan)

The more you study, the more you know; how less you know. (Imran Khan)

Leader leads people. Leader does not follow public opinion. (Imran Khan)

We must speak the truth if we are to be a great nation. ( Imran Khan)

Mothers train your children to only Speak Truth. ( Imran Khan)

I want you all to stand like the Muslims who stood with La ilaaha ilalla for Truth and Right. (Imran Khan)

Bravery is standing with the truth and right. (Imran Khan)

Visionary leader don’t make popular decision they make right decision. (Imran Khan)

Leader follows his ideology, Leader does not follow his relatives and friends. (Imran Khan)

Bravery is standing with the truth and right. (Imran Khan)

Truth is the power that will resolve our problems. (Imran Khan)

Leader leads people. Leader does not follow public opinion. (Imran Khan)

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