By Islamuddin Sajid and Aamir Latif
Imran Khan, a former cricket hero, assumed his office as the 19th prime minister of Pakistan in August 2018, after his
Khan, born in 1952 in the northeastern city of Lahore, also won the only cricket World Cup for Pakistan in 1992, which helped him to
The charismatic Khan has been seen as a savior by the common man in the roles of a cricketer, philanthropist
Khan grew up in an
When he started
At the age of 18, he was sent to the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, England and later to
During his stay in England, he began playing county cricket, apart from representing Pakistan in international cricket.
He starred in five World Cups in 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992.
Khan became one of the fastest bowlers in 1976 and helped his team win scores of matches.
After retirement from cricket in 1992, he changed his lifestyle for philanthropy.
Khan set out on a journey to collect donations to establish the country's first state-of-the-art cancer hospital -- named after his mother Shaukat Khanum who had died of cancer in Lahore.
His successful mission earned him huge love and respect among Pakistanis.
Beginning political career
Four years after receiving a warm welcome across the country on arrival after the winning of cricket World Cup in 1992, Khan joined politics and formed a political party.
He founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 1996 with promises of Naya Pakistan (New Pakistan), where dynastic politics had no role.
In the 2002 elections, he could win only one seat from his hometown Mianwali -- a remote district of Punjab province. His party boycotted the 2008 elections, which were held by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Khan’s political career took an actual flight in 2011 with a mammoth public rally in Lahore that stunned political commentators and rang alarm bells for Nawaz Sharif and
In the 2013 elections, Khan appeared to have an impressive appeal to the youth, which
He gave a tough time to two mainstream political parties -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party, which have taken turns to rule the country.
His party emerged as the largest party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and it formed
In July 2018 elections, his party emerged as
Khan married thrice, out of which two ended with a divorce.
He first married Jemima Goldsmith from England’s billionaire Goldsmith family in 1995, who bore him two sons -- Sulaiman Khan and Qasim Khan. They divorced in 2004.
Eleven years later he married a local news anchor Reham Khan in a union which could only last ten months.
Khan has tilted towards Sufism in recent years, with frequent visits to shrines and faith healers to seek blessings for his political journey.
This led him to marry faith healer Bushra Manika in 2018.
Khan’s supporters see in him a messiah, who will steer the country out of simmering predicaments by sheer determination and goodwill.
Ties with Turkey
On August 14,
"On behalf of the People of Pakistan & myself, I want to let President Erdogan & the people of Turkey know we are praying for their success in dealing with the severe economic challenges confronting them, as they have always succeeded against adversities in their glorious history," Khan wrote on Twitter.
During his election campaign, Khan had promised with his nation to follow in Erdogan's footsteps for bringing reforms in Pakistan.
"Pakistan and Turkey have always stood by each other, and Pakistan's new government would further strengthen its ties with Ankara," Khan said in a statement last month.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.