Imran Khan



Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi PP, HI (Urdu: ; born 5 October 1952) is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer who is member-elect of the National Assembly and current chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He won a plurality of the vote for premiership in the 2018 general elections. Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 to 2007 and 2013 to 2018, seats which he won in the 2002 and 2013 general elections respectively. Prior to entering politics, Khan was a cricketer and philanthropist. He played international cricket for two decades and later developed philanthropic projects such as Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and Namal College.Khan was born to a Pashtun family in Lahore, Punjab, in 1952 and educated at Aitchison, Worcester, and later at Keble College, Oxford. Khan started playing cricket at the age of 13. Initially playing for his college and later for the Worcestershire Cricket Club, he made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team at the age of 18 during the 1971 series against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. After graduating from Oxford, Khan made his home debut for Pakistan in 1976, and played until 1992. Khan also served as the teams captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992. He, notably, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistans first and only victory in that competition.Khan retired from cricket in 1992 as one of Pakistans most successful players. In total he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an All-rounders Triple in Test matches. He was later, in 2010, inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. In 1991, he launched a fundraising campaign to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. He raised $25 million to set up a hospital in Lahore in 1994, and later in 2015 a second hospital in Peshawar. Khan remains a prominent philanthropist and commenter, and served as the chancellor of Bradford University between 2005 and 2014 and was the recipient of an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in 2012.In April 1996, Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (lit: Pakistan Movement for Justice), a centrist political party, and became the partys national leader. Khan contested for a seat in the National Assembly in October 2002 and served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. He was again elected to the parliament in the 2013 elections, when his party emerged as the second largest in the country by popular vote. Khan serves as the parliamentary leader of the party and led the third largest block of parliamentarians in the National Assembly from 2013 to 2018. His party also leads a coalition government in north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khan remains a popular political figure and is the author of, among other publications, Pakistan: A Personal History.

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