Imran Khan is a cricketer turned politician and leader of the 3rd largest political party in Pakistan. He played cricket for 20 years in the late nineties. He is also famous for his philanthropic work, especially for building two cancer research hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar that are named after his late mother, Shaukat Khanum.
He is considered a cricketing legend and an idol in Pakistan as he was the captain of the team that won the cricket World Cup for Pakistan in 1992. Since then, Pakistan is not able to win another world cup.
Born as a Pashtun in 1952, Imran started playing cricket at the age of 13 and started playing for team Pakistan in 1971 when he was 18 years old. He finished his cricketing career at the age of 40 when he won the final of 1992 world cup. He started his political career in 1996 by launching Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf as a political party.
Imran Khan Education & Political Career
Imran Khan is the son of a civil engineer Ikramullah Khan Niazi. He went to Aitchison college in Lahore for his early education and then to Royal Grammar School in Worchester, England. He enrolled at Keble College, Oxford in 1972 (just after his international break in cricket) and graduated in 1975 with honors in philosophy, politics, and economics.
His education in politics and economics helped him in launching his political career in 1996. He lost his first election despite standing from two National Assembly seats but succeeded in getting into the NA by winning a seat from Mianwali in 2002. His party Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf, couldn’t gain much attention and traction until 30th October 2011 when a crowd of more than 100,000 people attended a rally at Minar-i-Pakistan, Lahore. Since then, PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf) became a major force in Pakistani politics and were able to make government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan after 2013 election.
PTI is a popular political party among the educated class of Pakistan, however, in rural areas of Punjab and Sindh, where most of the Pakistani population lives, it’s still relatively far from fetching any kind of seats. Despite this, in August 2014, Imran Khan alleged that 2013 general elections were rigged in the favor of Pakistan Muslim League and went on a long march and a sit-in (Dharna) against the government on 14th August 2014. The sit-in lasted for approximately 4 months without any fruitful result and Khan got an escape route after the terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. However, then Khan found respite in the form of Panama Leaks in which the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons and daughter name were also included as the beneficiaries of off-shore companies. Imran Khan took the matter to Supreme Court and succeeded in out setting the PM in 2017.
Imran Khan & Shaukat Khanum Cancer Research Hospital
The most famous philanthropic work of Imran Khan is the construction of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Research Hospital in Lahore. The cancer research hospital now also has a branch in Peshawar as most of the beneficiaries belonged to the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Imran Khan pledged to build the hospital after the death of his mother Shaukat Khanum in the 80s due to cancer. At that time Khan was in his late 30s, an age when most of the cricketers leave the sports grounds. However, Imran Khan continued to play cricket in order to keep the public appearance and charisma that was necessary to raise funds for the cancer hospital. During that time, he also succeeded in winning the 1992 Cricket world cup that acted as a huge boost to his personal popularity among the masses of Pakistan. Imran Khan used the momentum and launched Shaukat Khanum Research Hospital in 1991 after a huge fundraising campaign that reportedly raised more than 25 million USD.
The hospital is a corner of Pakistan’s healthcare system & has an annual budget of more than 1 billion rupees, most of which still comes from donations. Around 60% patients get free treatment from the hospital, however, to qualify for the free treatment one has to pass through rigorous background checks and free treatment is only allowed if the patient and her immediate family do not have any savings or assets to sell.
Marriages & Wives of Imran Khan
Imran Khan remained as a very desirable bachelor for his entire cricketing career. He was also known as a “playboy” among the circles. However, in 1995, he married Jemima Goldsmith, the young daughter of a wealthy and influential Goldsmith family of London. The marriage could not last long and they got divorced in 2004 as Jemima could not handle Khan’s busy political life. Another well-speculated issue between them was of unwarranted personal attacks that often came from political opponents of Imran Khan. Jemima stayed as a well-wisher of Imran Khan even after the divorce and still supports him through his tweets and well-wishes.
Imran Khan then married TV anchor and journalist Reham Khan in January 2015. However, this marriage also couldn’t survive long and Khan divorced Reham on 22nd October 2015 when she went to attend an event in London. There are many rumors as to why Khan ended his marriage, the famous ones being the party leaders were not happy with the intervention of Reham Khan in party matters.
Imran Khan Third Marriage
The year 2018 brought him a new wife! At least, that’s what has been speculated for quite a few early days of January 2018. It’s being reported that Imran Khan has married to a women, named Busha Bibi but it this news has yet be confirmed!
Imran Khan Family, Sons & Daughter
Imran Khan has two sons; one is Sulaiman Isa Khan (born on 18th November 1996) and Kasim Khan (born on 10th April 1999). Both sons were born from Khan’s first wife Jemima Goldsmith. After the divorce, Jemima took her sons to the England, however, as a settlement Khan visit his sons often and they are seen accompanying their father in Pakistan as well.
Imran Khan has an alleged daughter as well, Imran denies her presence. The issue first arose after Imran Khan announced his political party, it is suspected that Pakistan Muslim League (N) group is behind raising the issue in national papers to objectify Imran Khan’s playboy lifestyle. The issue of his daughter normally surfaces around every election since then. The alleged daughter’s name is Tyrian Jade Khan and she is the daughter of Sita White.
Cricket Career of Imran Khan
Imran Khan started playing cricket when he was just 13 years old and got his first international break when he played for Pakistan against England in Birmingham in 1971. Imran Khan was just was just 18 years old then. He was a medium-paced fast bowler and a batsman.
For next two decades, Khan played cricket as a profession that ended when Pakistan won 1992 world cup under his captaincy.
Some of the prominent records that Imran Khan holds in Cricket:
All-rounder’s triple: 3000 runs and 300 wickets
Second highest all-time batting average for 6th position Test batsman: 61.86 average
Highest Test runs: 136
Highest ODI runs: 102
Total Test runs and wickets: 3807 runs and 362 wickets
Total ODI runs: 3709 runs
Age of Imran Khan
Imran Khan was born in 1952, in 2017 his age is 65 years. In 2018, he will celebrate his 66th birthday.
Contacting Imran Khan
You can contact Imran Khan through his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media profiles. You can also send him an email at the address given below:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: +92-51-277-0744 (Ask for Imran Khan’s Secretary)
Permanent Address: Khan House, Bani Gala, Mohra Noor, Islamabad
Some More Pictures of Imran Khan
Below re some of Imran’s most stunning pictures from old days till date. Don’t forget to share!