Who Is Imran Khan?
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI PP is a Pakistani politician and a former cricket player who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan from August 2018 until April 2022. He is the originator and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Imran Khan Age
Imran Khan is currently 71 years old (as of 2024).
Imran Khan Early Life And Family
Khan was born in Lahore on 5 October 1952. Several sources indicate he was born on 25 November 1952. It was reported that 25 November was wrongly mentioned by Pakistan Cricket Board officials on his passport. He is the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum, and has four sisters.
Long settled in Mianwali in northwestern Punjab, his paternal family are of Pashtun ethnicity and belong to the Niazi tribe, and one of his ancestors, Haibat Khan Niazi, in the 16th century, “was one of Sher Shah Suri’s leading generals, as well as being the governor of Punjab.”
Like his father, Khan’s mother was an ethnic Pashtun, who belonged to the Burki tribe and whose ancestors had been settled in the Jalandhar district of Punjab for years. Following the creation of Pakistan, she migrated to Lahore with the rest of Khan’s maternal relatives.
Khan’s maternal family has created a number of cricketers, including those who have represented Pakistan, such as his cousins Javed Burki and Majid Khan. Maternally, Khan is also an offspring of the Sufi warrior-poet and inventor of the Pashto alphabet, Pir Roshan, who hailed from his maternal family’s ancestral Kaniguram town located in South Waziristan in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. His maternal family was based in Basti Danishmanda, Jalandhar, India for about 600 years.
A calm and shy boy in his youth, Khan grew up with his sisters in a very prosperous, upper-middle-class family and obtained an elite education. He was educated at the Aitchison College and Cathedral School in Lahore, and then the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, where he outshined at cricket.
In 1972, he enrolled in Keble College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1975. A lover of college cricket at Keble, Paul Hayes, was instrumental in securing the admission of Khan after he had been turned down by Cambridge.
Imran Khan Career
Khan made his first-class cricket debut at the age of 16 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, finally, Lahore (1970–71).
Khan was among the University of Oxford’s Blues Cricket team during the 1973–1975 seasons.
He played English county cricket from 1971 to 1976 for Worcestershire. 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 June 1971 at Edgbaston. Three years later, in August 1974, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Trent Bridge for the Prudential Trophy.
After finishing Oxford and completing his term at Worcestershire, he went back 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 certifications as one of the fastest bowlers in the world began 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.
During the late 1970s, Khan was one of the innovators of the reverse swing bowling technique. He imparted this trick to the bowling duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who mastered and made this art popular in later years.
As a bowler, Khan originally bowled with a fairly chest-on action, at a medium pace. However, he struggled hard to modernize his action to a more classical type, and to reinforce his body, to enable fast bowling.
Khan accomplished his prime as a fast bowler from January 1980 till 1988 when he became an out-fast bowler. During this span, Imran picked 236 test wickets at 17.77 apiece with 18 five-wicket hauls and 5 10-wicket hauls.
His bowling average and strike proportion were better than Richard Hadlee (19.03), Malcolm Marshall (20.20), Dennis Lillee (24.07), Joel Garner (20.62) and Michael Holding (23.68). In January 1983, playing against India, he attained a Test bowling rating of 922 points.
Although evaluated retrospectively (International Cricket Council (ICC) player ratings did not exist at the time), Khan’s structure and performance during this period rank third in the ICC’s All-Time Test Bowling Rankings.
Khan accomplished the all-rounder’s triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second-fastest record behind Ian Botham’s 72. He also has the second-highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 in the batting order.
He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. Khan quit permanently from cricket six months after his last ODI, the memorable 1992 World Cup final against England in Melbourne, Australia.
He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, comprising six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136. 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 was 102 not out. His best ODI bowling was 6 wickets for 14 runs, a record for the best bowling figures by any bowler in an ODI inning in a losing cause.
During the 1990s, Khan also served as UNICEF’s Special Representative for Sports and promoted health and immunization programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
While in London, he also serves with the Lord’s Taverners, a cricket charity. Khan concentrated his endeavours solely on social work. By 1991, he had established the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organisation bearing the name of his mother, Mrs Shaukat Khanum. As the Trust’s maiden endeavour, Khan founded Pakistan’s first and only cancer hospital, built using donations and funds surpassing $25 million, raised by Khan from all over the world.
On 27 April 2008, Khan founded a technical college in the Mianwali District called Namal College. It was constructed by the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT) and is an associate college of the University of Bradford in December 2005.
Imran Khan Foundation is another welfare work, which strives to support poor people all over Pakistan. It has provided help to flood victims in Pakistan.
Buksh Foundation has partnered with the 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 and will provide villagers with solar lanterns, which can be regularly charged at the solar-charging stations.
Khan was offered political positions more than a few times during his cricketing career. In 1987, then-President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq offered him a political role in Pakistan Muslim League (PML) which he rejected.
He was also invited by Nawaz Sharif to join his political party.
In 1993, Khan was ordained as the ambassador for tourism in the caretaker government of Moeen Qureshi and held the portfolio for three months until the government softened.
On 25 April 1996, Khan established a political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He contested for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan in the 1997 Pakistani general election as a candidate of PTI from two districts – NA-53, Mianwali and NA-94, Lahore – but was unsuccessful and forfeited both the offices to candidates of PML (N).
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 declined the request.
Khan partook in the October 2002 Pakistani general election that took place across 272 constituencies and was ready to establish a coalition if his party did not get a majority of the vote.
He was appointed from Mianwali. In the 2002 referendum, Khan aided military dictator General Musharraf, while all mainstream democratic parties announced that referendum was unconstitutional. He has also served as a part of the Standing Committees on Kashmir and Public Accounts.
On 6 May 2005, Khan was spoken of in The New Yorker as being the “most directly responsible” for attracting awareness in the Muslim world to the Newsweek story about the alleged desecration of the Qur’an in a U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. In June 2007, Khan confronted political opposition in and outside the parliament.
On 2 October 2007, as part of the All Parties Democratic Movement, Khan joined 85 other MPs to withdraw 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, after president Musharraf announced a state of emergency in Pakistan. Later Khan escaped and went into hiding. He eventually came out of hiding on 14 November to participate in a student protest at the University of Punjab. At the rally, Khan was captured by student activists from the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba and roughly treated.
He was arrested during the protest and was sent to the Dera Ghazi Khan jail in the Punjab province where he spent a few days before being released.
On 30 October 2011, Khan addressed more than 100,000 supporters in Lahore, questioning the strategies of the government, calling that new change a “tsunami” against the ruling parties. Another successful public gathering of hundreds of thousands of supporters was held in Karachi on 25 December 2011.
Since then Khan has become a real threat to the ruling parties and a future political prospect in Pakistan. According to an International Republican Institute survey, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tops the list of popular parties in Pakistan both at the national and provincial levels.
On 6 October 2012, Khan joined a vehicle caravan of protesters from Islamabad to the village of Kotai in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region against US drone missile strikes. On 23 March 2013, Khan introduced the Naya Pakistan Resolution (New Pakistan) at the start of his election campaign.
On 29 April The Observer termed Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as the main opponent to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
Between 2011 and 2013, Khan and Nawaz Sharif began to engage each other in a bitter dispute.
The rivalry between the two leaders developed in late 2011 when Khan lectured his massive crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. From 26 April 2013, in the run-up to the elections, both the PML-N and the PTI started to criticise each other.
2013 Elections Campaign
On 21 April 2013, Khan launched his final public relations campaign for the 2013 elections from Lahore, where he communicated with thousands of supporters at the Mall. Khan declared that he would pull Pakistan out of the U.S.-led war on terror and bring peace to the Pashtun tribal belt.
He addressed different public discussions in many cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country, where he proclaimed that PTI will introduce a uniform education system in which the children of rich and poor would have equal opportunities.
Khan ended his south Punjab campaign by addressing rallies in several Seraiki belt cities.
Khan ended the campaign by addressing a rally of supporters in Islamabad via a video link while lying on a bed at a hospital in Lahore.
The final survey before the elections by The Herald showed 24.98 per cent of voters nationally intended to vote for his party, just a whisker behind former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N.
On 7 May, just four days before the elections, Khan was rushed to Shaukat Khanum hospital in Lahore after he fell down from a forklift at the edge of a stage and fell headfirst to the ground.
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). Khan’s PTI emerged as the second-largest party by popular vote nationally, including in Karachi.
Khan’s party PTI won 30 directly elected parliamentary seats and evolved the third-largest party in National Assembly behind Pakistan People’s Party, which was second.
2018 General Election
Imran Khan contested the general election from NA-35 (Bannu), NA-53 (Islamabad-II), NA-95 (Mianwali-I), NA-131 (Lahore-IX), and NA-243 (Karachi East-II).
According to early, official results, Khan led the poll, although his opposition, mainly PML-N, alleged large-scale vote rigging and administrative malpractices.
On 27 July, election officials announced that Khan’s party had won 110 of the 269 seats, giving PTI a plurality in the National Assembly. At the outcome of the count on 28 July, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that the PTI had won a total of 116 of the 270 seats contested.
Khan became the first person in the history of Pakistan general elections who contested and won in all five constituencies, defeating Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who contested in four but won in three constituencies in 1970.
In May 2018, Khan’s party declared a 100-day agenda for a possible future government. The program included comprehensive reforms in almost all areas of government including the creation of a new province in Southern Punjab, fast tracking of merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, development of law and order situation in Karachi, and betterment of connections with Baloch political leaders.
Imran Khan Assassination Saga
On 3 November 2022, Khan was shot in the leg by a gunman while addressing his supporters at a rally in Wazirabad, Punjab, and leading a march to the capital Islamabad to demand snap elections after he was ousted.
Automatic gunfire was heard in footage aired on local news channels which also showed Khan being carried away and put in a car, with a bandage seen on his leg. Khan’s situation were not described as critical.
A PTI party supporter was killed during the shooting, and eight other people were also injured. The perpetrator was apprehended at the scene and alleged that he wanted only to target Khan for “spreading hatred and misleading the people.”
Imran Khan Relationship
Khan had several relationships during his bachelor days. He was then known as a ‘hedonistic’ bachelor and a playboy who was active on the London nightclub circuit.
His first girlfriend, Emma Sergeant, an artist and the daughter of British investor Sir Patrick Sergeant, introduced him to socialites. They first met in 1982 and subsequently visited Pakistan. She accompanied him on numerous Pakistani cricket team tours including in Peshawar and Australian tours.
After long separations, his relationship with Sergeant was broken in 1986. He then had a brief relationship with Susie Murray-Philipson whom he invited to Pakistan and had dinner within 1982. She also made various artistic portraits of Khan during their relationship.
In a book published in 2009, Christopher Sandford claimed that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan had a close relationship when both were students at Oxford.
He wrote that Bhutto at the age of 21 first became close to Khan in 1975. They remained in a relationship for about two months. His mother also tried to have an arranged marriage between them. He further claimed that they had a “romantic relationship”, which was denied by Khan who said they were only friends.
Khan had a notable relationship with the heiress Sita White, daughter of the British industrialist Gordon White. They remained in the relationship for about six years having met in 1987–88.
White claimed that Khan agreed to have a child with her in 1991; her daughter, Tyrian Jade, was born in June 1992 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. White claimed that Khan subsequently rejected to accept Tyrian as his child because she was a girl, and had urged White to have an abortion. Tyrian was noted for her resemblance to Khan.
A court in Los Angeles ruled that Khan was the girl’s father in 1997. In 2004, after Sita White’s death, Khan agreed to accept Tyrian as his child and welcomed her into his family.
Khan’s former wife, Reham Khan, alleged in her book that he had told her that he had four other children out of marriage in addition to Tyrian White.
Allegedly, some of his children had Indian mothers and the eldest was aged 34 in 2018. Reham thereafter admitted that she did not know the identities of Khan’s children or the veracity of his statements and that “you can never make out whether he tells the truth.”
Reham’s book was published on 12 July 2018, 13 days before the 2018 Pakistani general election, leading to claw edges that its publication was intended to damage Imran Khan’s electoral prospects.
On 16 May 1995, Khan married Jemima Goldsmith, in a two-minute ceremony conducted in Urdu in Paris. A month later, on 21 June, they married again in a civil ceremony at the Richmond registry office in England. Jemima converted to Islam upon marriage. The couple has two sons, Sulaiman Isa and Kasim.
On 22 June 2004, it was declared openly that the couple had divorced, ending the nine-year marriage because it was “difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan.”
In January 2015, it was announced that Khan married British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan in a private Nikah ceremony at his residence in Islamabad. Nevertheless, Reham Khan later states in her autobiography that they in fact got married in October 2014 but the announcement only came in January the year after. On 22 October, they declared their intention to file for divorce.
In early 2018, news circulated on the internet that Khan had married his spiritual mentor (murshid), Bushra Bibi. Khan, PTI aides and members of the Manika family denied the rumour.
Khan tagged the media “unethical” for circulating the rumour, and PTI documented a complaint against the news channels that had aired it.
On 7 January 2018, however, the PTI central secretariat published a statement that said Khan had proposed to Manika, but she had not yet accepted his proposal. On 18 February 2018, PTI verified Khan has married Manika. According to Khan, his life has been affected by Sufism for three decades, and this is what drew him closer to his wife.
Imran Khan’s Net Worth In 2024
Imran Khan’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million.
FAQ About Imran Khan
Where Is Imran Khan From?
Imran Khan is from Pakistan.
When Was Imran Khan Born?
Imran Khan was born in Lahore on 5 October 1952.
Who Are Imran Khan’s Parents?
Imran Khan’s parents are Ikramullah Khan Niazi (father), and Shaukat Khanum (mother).
How Old Is Imran Khan?
He is 71 years old (as of 2024).
What Is Imran Khan’s Nickname?
Imran Khan’s nickname is Kaptaan.
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