Today Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan celebrates his 68th birthday. Legendary Pakistan all-rounder is one of the most iconic leaders of all time. From scoring runs to taking wickets, Imran had been a rare talent during his era. Being an inborn leader, he led Pakistan from the front and achieved several feats.
Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi was born on November 25, 1952, in Lahore, Punjab. He is the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum. Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, which he led to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan graduated from Keble College, Oxford in 1975. He began his international cricket career at age 18, in the 1971 Test series against England. Khan played until 1992, served as the team's captain intermittently between 1982 and 1992, and won the Cricket World Cup, in what is Pakistan's first and only victory in the competition.
Imran's victory speech after winning the World Cup became a part of controversy as all he spoke about was his off-field motivation, the cancer hospital(Shaukat Khanum) that he wanted to build, and not about the win. He didn't even thank or congratulate his team-mates for the win.
Legendary Pakistan all-rounder married Jemima Goldsmith, the daughter of the late British billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, in the year 1995. However, the marriage ended in divorce after nine years. He has two sons Qasim and Sulaiman from his marriage to Jemima. In 2015, he married journalist Reham Khan, but his second marriage too ended in divorce just after 10 months of togetherness. On 18 February 2018, PTI confirmed Khan has married Manika(Bushra Bibi). According to Khan, his life has been influenced by Sufism for three decades, and this is what drew him closer to his wife.
Some of his out of marriage relationships included a relationship with Zeenat Aman, Emma Sergeant, Susie Murray-Philipson, Sita White, Sarah Crawley, Stephanie Beacham, Goldie Hawn, Kristiane Backer, Susannah Constantine, Marie Helvin, Caroline Kellett, Liza Campbell, Anastasia Cooke, Hannah Mary Rothschild, Jerry Hall, and Lulu Blacker.
Imran Khan also founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 and serves as the party's national leader by winning a seat in the National Assembly in 2002, he served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. PTI boycotted the 2008 general election and became the second-largest party by popular vote in the subsequent election. In regional politics, PTI led a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2013, with Khan delegating this leadership to Mahmood Khan after being elected as Prime Minister in 2018. Also, Khan was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Khan's government rolled out the largest welfare program in Pakistan's history, with a fund of almost $1 billion aimed at the country's poorest segment of the population. In 2020, Khan's government commenced building work for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, as part of his government's investment in renewable energy projects. The World Bank loaned Pakistan $450mn for investment in renewable energy projects as part of the government's stated aim of making Pakistan a renewable-energy reliant economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.