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Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi was born in Mianwali on November 25, 1952 to Ikramullah Khan Niazi Shermankhel and Shaukat Khanum. He is from the Niazi Pashtun Shermankhel tribe of Mianwali. His family is settled in Lahore, however, he still considers his background Pathan as per his autobiography (Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans).
Imran attended Aitchison College and the Cathedral school in Lahore until he finished middle school, then entered the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, before completing his formal schooling with an undergraduate degree in economics from Keble College, Oxford.
While at University, Imran Khan was also the captain of the Oxford University cricket team in 1974. He and his mother, Shaukat Khanum, come from a cricketing family - the Burkis, with two of his cousins, Javed Burki and Majid Khan, also having played Test cricket for Pakistan.
He is the finest cricketer Pakistan has ever produced, who is among the finest all-rounders and greatest fast bowlers the game has ever seen. He played Test cricket for Pakistan between 1971 and 1992, and was captain of the national team when they won their maiden World Cup in 1992.
After retiring from cricket, Imran Khan founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial cancerhospital & Research Centre in Lahore.
In 1997, he started a socio-political movement known as the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice). The main focus of his party is to bring justice to the people of Pakistan, largely via an independent judiciary. The party has Islamic overtones and is inspired partly by Imran Khan's renewed commitment to Islam.
As a politician, his vision is to turn Pakistan into a just society, based on humane values, by creating an independent and honest judiciary that will uphold democracy, protect human rights and ensure the rule of law and, by promoting a merit based system that provides equal opportunity for upward social mobility to the working classes. His political ideal is the famous poet-philosopher, Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal.
Talking to Daily Telegraph of England about his political goal, Imran Khan said: "I want Pakistan to be a welfare state and a genuine democracy with a rule of law and an independent judiciary. We need decentralisation, empowering people at the grassroots."
He became a Member of Parliament for Mianwali in the October 2002 elections. He is very critical of the judicial system in Pakistan, which he says prevents accountability for the elite class. Initially he supported 1999 military coup of General Pervez Musharraf but late came in to the forefront against General Musharraf.
In 2005, as leader of his party Imran led a protest rally against the US-led coalition for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran and made statements denouncing the Musharraf-Bush coalition. During the visit of US President George W Bush to Pakistan in 2006, he was the only politician to attempt to hold a rally against Bush. The rally was stopped and Imran Khan was detained by the police.
Imran Khan is also a special representative of UNICEF and Chancellor of Bradford University. His honours include Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) in 1993 by the Pakistani government; Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983.
In 1995 he married Jemima Khan, the daughter of the late British billionaire Sir James Goldsmith. Jemima Khan embraced Islam before she married Khan. They announced their divorce on June 22, 2004. They have two sons named Suleman Khan (born on November 10, 1999) and Qasim Khan. He is alleged to have a daughter out of wedlock with Sita White, daughter of Lord Gordy White, a few years before he married Jemima Goldsmith. A US judge ruled him to be the father of Tyrian White after he failed to appear for a DNA test.
Imran Khan is also the Chairman of the Mianwali Development Trust, which is building the Namal College in Mianwali as an associate college of Bradford University. The first phase of the college buildings has been completed.
Imran Khan, perhaps first Pakistani, is the Chancellor of the University of Bradford since December 7, 2005. He said the fifth Chancellor of the university and is also a patron of the Born in Bradford research project.
After imposition of the state of emergency by General Musharraf on November 3, 2007, Imran Khan was put under house arrest but his succeeded in slipping away. However, he was arrested from the University of Punjab campus in Lahore a few days later with help of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. On November 19, 2007, he let out the word through his party members and family that he had begun a hunger strike. He was one of the 3,000 political prisoners released from imprisonment on November 21, 2007.
cartoonist Sabir Nazar created a stir after he posted a bizarre tweet about former cricketerImran Khan and current captain Sarfraz Ahmed while drawing a surreal comparison laden with highly politicised insinuations.
London :Former World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan said Pakistan cricket team has got a golden opportunity in the ICC?Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to Indian cricket team in their first match of the tournament.
Islamabad (Dunya News) - PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former captain Imran Khan has advised Sarfaraz eleven ahead of their mega-clash against India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Former federal minister and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Punjab president Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has joined the Imran Khan-led PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Warraich announced his decision of joining the party at PTI Chairman Imran Khan's residenceÃÂ ...
Imran Khan, considered Pakistan cricket team's best captain after he led them to the 1992 World Cup title, said the team should learn from the mistakes it made against Indian cricket team in the ICC Champions Trophy opener and use that in the final.
Reacting to the startling revelations made by former FIA official Inam ur Rehman in "Nadeem Malik Live", PTI Chairman Imran Khan urged the JIT to take notice of his statement. "I was watching the interview on SAMAA TV and in my view, it's a damningÃÂ ...
Islamabad: The value of assets owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saw a decline for second consecutive year. According to a report, PM Sharif's assets were valued at Rs 261.6 million in 2012 which increased six times and reached Rs 1.82 billion inÃÂ ...
Islamabad: PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has presented documents showing money sent by his ex-wife, Jemima Goldsmith, to acquire land for his Bani Gala residence in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Islamabad: Imran Khan has been re-elected as Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf following intra-party elections. According to the results, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also been re-elected as Vice Chairman and Jehangir Tareen as SecretaryÃÂ ...
Peshawar: As the Imran Khan-led Insaf Panel is expected to 'clean sweep' the PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) intra-party elections, Naik Muhammad Khan is curiously waiting for the results as he was running against his own party's chairman.
Islamabad: It was a happy occasion for people in Lalamusa when they found PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan having refreshment at a roadside cafeteria. Owing to the bad weather conditions, Imran Khan left Islamabad for Sialkot whenÃÂ ...
PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Sharif family does not have any evidence to prove their innocence; accordingly, efforts are being made to malign the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Businessman In US Pleads Guilty Of Exporting Products To Pakistan Atomic, Space Agencies. Court documents showed that from 2012 to 2016, Imran Khan and others ran a scheme to buy goods controlled under the Export Administration Regulations and toÃÂ ...
Islamabad: The election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) adjourned the the hearing of pleas seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Secretary General Jehangir Tareen for an indefinite period on Monday.
London (Dunya News) - Former wife of PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Jemima has come to ex-husband's rescue claiming that she has retrieved 15-year old statements of bank transactions to 'defend' Khan's stance in Supreme Court'sÃÂ ...
After issuing a contempt of court notice to PTI chief Imran Khan for claiming that the ECP is biased, the electoral body's bench on Wednesday rejected Imran Khan's response, giving him more time to write another one. During the proceedings, the benchÃÂ ...
A political activist of Imran Khan's party has been arrested for allegedly maligning Pakistani's powerful army on social media over its reported rift with the government, in the first case registered under the country's controversial cybercrime law ...
GALYAT (Dunya News) - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court should take notice of the fact that Nehal Hashmi had threatened the members of the joint investigation team (JIT) and Supreme CourtÃÂ ...