Imran Khan

Some people in this world are destined for greatness and Imran Khan is no doubt one of them. No celebrity or sports star in Pakistan has ever attained so much fame and respect as Imran Khan, the former Pakistan cricket captain, Chairman of the Board of Shaukat Khanum Hospital, the only charity based cancer hospital of its kind in Pakistan, furthermore a philanthropist, humanitarian, member of the Parliament and leader of the political party Pakistan Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.

Imran Khan is responsible for bringing about significant change in both the cricket and political structure in Pakistan.

Imran was a fine all-round cricketer and inspirational captain whose crowning achievement was leading Pakistan in winning the 1992 World Cup.

Right after retiring from professional cricket, he started a campaign to raise money in order to establish the first ever state of the art charity cancer hospital and research center in Pakistan.

Imran Khan was born on the 25th of November 1952 in Lahore. His father, Ikramullah Khan Niazi was an engineer by profession. His family was most accurately described as upper-middle class, and comfortably well off. He completed high school at the preppy Aitchison College in Lahore and then moved on to England to complete his bachelors at Oxford. He made his debut for Pakistan during the 1972 England series when he was eighteen and then went on to become a major force in world cricket.

Imran Khan is regarded as the greatest all-rounder cricket has ever produced. He was made captain of Pakistan for the tour of England in 1982. As a sportsman, Imran is best remembered primarily for his leadership. Gradually during his term, Imran became the most influential figure in Pakistan’s cricket setup. His success as captain owed largely to his own match-winning performances. When Pakistan started off badly at the 1992 World Cup and at a stage were completely out of contention for the title, Imran told his players to fight like ‘cornered tigers’ and so they did. Imran eventually led Pakistan to a well-deserved and memorable World Cup victory at Melbourne. This was surely Imran’s greatest moment as a cricketer.

Imran Khan had always been very close to his mother. However in 1984, Imran’s mother, Shaukat Khanum was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer. Cancer was known to be a rich man’s disease in Pakistan. Meaning that only well off people could afford to travel abroad and receive the proper life saving treatment. Inspite of flying to England for treatment in 1984, she passed away the following year in acute pain. His painful experience with cancer led his dream to build the first cancer hospital in Pakistan in honor of his mother.

His mother’s death made Imran appreciate just how precarious was the existence he had taken for granted. He reassured his values and sense of direction. His visits to hospitals in Pakistan and seeing the lay mans suffering made him realize how desperately the poor needed specialist cancer treatment. He then vowed to raise the money to build and equip a hospital in Lahore, his home city.

Ten years later, The Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research center was inaugurated in December 1994. This project has meant to Imran more than anything in this world. Today the hospital is recognized as the most credible and charitable institutions in Pakistan and around the world. The hospital was recognized for its services by the WHO and was awarded the “excellence award” in Geneva in 2004.

From leading the Pakistan team, to waging a personal crusade against cancer and the substandard educational system in Pakistan, Imran has always fought for truth, justice and humanity from the forefront and in this process won millions of hearts. Even today thousands worship him and are playing an important role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the hospital in Lahore.

The lively cricketer had been around the country giving fiery speeches like a politician rather than a former cricketer raising funds for his project. The politicians began to see him as their possible rival. Imran was banned from appearing on Pakistan Television for his call to raise money.

After the success of Imran’s hospital there was wide spread speculation from the media that Imran would soon be entering politics. Imran had never thought of entering politics during his cricketing days. General Zia-Ul-Haq, the late President of Pakistan, had offered Imran a post in his government days before his death, but Imran had declined the offer. He had declined a further offer of a cabinet position in 1993 from Pakistan’s interim government. After his experience of collecting funds, where he had first hand interaction with the poorest and of their grievances, Imran truly believed that there was a serious need for a revolution. Imran wanted to save Pakistan from further disaster. He wanted to serve the people who had given him fame and respect. He wanted to change the system for the better.

In April 1996, Imran launched the “Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf”, a movement for justice, against the ruling corrupt elite. In November 1996 Imran Khan, who had never voted in his life, joined politics and announced that his party would contest the general election due to be held in February 1997. The members of his party were mainly lawyers, doctors and other well-educated people who had no previous experience in politics. The general elections in Pakistan were held in February 1997. Tehrik-e-Insaaf failed to win a single seat. His party, which was projected as a third force in Pakistan, was completely wiped out in the elections. But Imran was successful in raising a voice against issues like corruption and accountability.

There can be little doubt that the long and painful journey he has undertaken, in reality is testimony to his social and humane commitment. He has been criticized for being over zealous about the project; he has been accused of exploiting his star status, his connections, and even the game itself for achieving his goal.

The election in 2004 was the 2nd time Tehrik-e-Insaaf contested. Although once again the party failed to acquire a significant amount of seats, however, Imran Khan won from Mianwali, his ancestral constituency.  This is when he set on to build Namal College.  The college has already been granted the status of an Associate College by the University of Bradford. The project is being managed by the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT).

As well as being the Chairman of the MDT and a Member of Parliament for the Mianwali District, Imran Khan, is also the University of Bradford Chancellor.

Tehrik-e-Insaaf  did not contest the 2008 elections, Imran Khan  continues his fight “against” corruption and “for” justice and humanity.

Amongst his honors include the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1993 by the Pakistani government, Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983. He was also named Chancellor of Bradford Univ. in 2005. Only Pakistani to have been so honored in the UK.

55 responses to “Imran Khan

  1. salam.

    SIR.imran khan….Keep it up.Pakistan needs you.You will be leading pakistan one day.INSHALLAH
    BY.
    Faysal Hanif Multan

  2. khurram

    Salaam Imran bhai, Just donated a little something for the relief effort. Please make it work…
    Khurram

  3. Dear Imran Khan!

    You are the revolutionary leader of Pakistan. You are the ONE person in government LOTS of Pakistanis really believe in. Even if you have to join Nawaz Sharif’s party just go for it.
    This would be best for the country’s interest and of course beneficial for us in the future.
    I will keep on posting until:
    1) You are not the President.
    2) The one leader behind whom we can bring revolution.

    May Allah bless and guide you.

  4. Imran Khan we need you in this political disaster of Pakistan. In Pakistan only you are the one who can tracked Pakistan on righ way.
    We Need You Khan
    We Love You Khan
    All the Youth of Pakistan with You.Don’t worry go head with determination.

    Thanks

  5. Tauheed Butt

    Aaslamm O Aleikumm imran bhai ap ju kam kar rehy han bht acha ha InshaAllah Allah pak ap ko kamyab kare meri duain ap k sath han ma i Govt Mulazim hu Highway department ma age 21 mery sath kafi dost o ahbab b han wo b ap k sath han ap qadam barhain InshaAllah Allah ap ko kamyab karega Allah Hafizzzz
    Tauheed Butt
    03006300405

  6. andrew

    I am australian, saw imran compete year after year in the 70’s and 80’s. Even though i vigorously supported the aussies, having the privilege of seeing Imran play is now a precious memory. He is part of Australian heritage as well. Cricket and Imran have meant Pakistani issues are Australian issues, and we long more than anything for the Pakistani people to find peace, and maybe Imran can help with that. Only the Pakistani people can bring peace, but with Imran its all that much closer.

  7. momin sarki

    imran bhai aap ka kam neek tha hai leakeen jacobabad main bhe 87% log mutaseer hoi kin ko watan card milla kuch ko nahe ek dafa sirf ration milla kya hum pakistani nahe

  8. Dear Imran Khan !
    I really want to see you the revolutionary leader of Pakistan ASAP even if you have to join Nawaz Sharif’s party .
    This would be the best for the country’s interest and of course beneficial for us in the future.
    Plz ,plz try to make s smart move for us coz we really need you as a leader and dont let any politician play with you.
    This message is from all American Pakistani
    for you.

    May Allah bless and guide you

  9. jaleel jarwar

    aslam o alikum sir im from karachi i want to work with u for help of flood please give me chance for help human beings ….. my name is jaleel ur rehman
    from karachi gulshan e iqbal …. 0313-2192368

  10. Masud Ahmed

    Hi Imran,
    beyond my imagination I am writing to you…U are my childhood hero….and still you are…I am migrated to Australia from Bangladesh….what I have seen in Australia is Muslim communities are trying to collect their zakat and fitr collectively for the flood affected people in Pakistan…may be sluggish but international communities are rising…they just need a trustworthy organiztions like yours….please advertise more of your organization…hope you all the best…

  11. Dr Umar Shah

    Hi,I am not Pakistani national, i am from Indian controlled kashmir.I have just donated 100$ to Imran khan foundation, would like to inform you that this is Sadqa-e-Fitr money from me and my two friends,dnt knw is it allowed in Islam to donate this money to ur org but anyways i thnk God accept it.

  12. saleem babar

    Dear Imran,

    Its great pleasure to have you with us in this most difficult time when nation needs you to lead from the front like you did in 1992 world cup when Pakistan was almost out of the tournament. We are with you aiming to bring this country to social and economic status. Good luck!

  13. Dear

    Kindly update how we can participate and donate while residing in Riyadh (KSA). there is one pakistani local bank (NBP) if you have an account, kindly send me details at jnasar@sbm.com.sa

  14. noman dar

    AOA,
    I AM NOMAN DAR FROM OSLO , NORWAY, TODAY VERY FEW PEOPLE IN WORLD WHO REALY BELIVE IN YOUNG GENRATION, IMRAN KHAN IS ONE OF THEM…….PAKISTAN REALY NEEDS TODAY A ”MAN” WHO REPRESENT PAKISTAN IN WORLD AS RESPONSIBLE NATION WHICH WE JUST DREAMD WITH THIS GOVT….. LOVE PAKISTAN ,,, AND LOVE U IMRAN BAHI……I LISTEN IMRAN ”PUKAR” PLS COME FORWARD….AND HELP….OUR FAMILIES…..
    nigheban…………..qjjji

  15. Jaber

    salam,
    i am jaber swati from islamabad. i want to know how i would participate in ur programme as a member so that i can also work for the rehabilitation in that area

  16. Khurram

    AOA,
    I am from UK and would like to know how can i donate for the flood victims.

    malik Khurram
    Manchester

  17. Sohail

    Love is a great asset of Pakistan and we all are with him.
    He should come forward and lead the Pakistan to become the great nation of this world and I believe that this is not an impossible mission just need some great leader (no the CHORS/DACOOS that we have right now).

  18. Labbaik!!
    Thank you Imran Khan!

  19. naveed

    Salam,

    I am from Kuwait. When I see flood news everyday on TV and Internet, I cant stop my tears for my people. So I started collecting funds on my own and sending to my brother in Islamabad who purchases food items & medicine and travels to affected areas.

    But I have recently found out about PUKAAR campaign & will for sure contribute via paypal.

    I salute Imran Khan & the people on ground which are helping my people.

    Also, I am coming to Pakistan on 6th September and I will stay there for 15 days. Please let me know how can I help to support this fund raising campaign.

  20. Robert

    Hello,
    I would like to contribute to Imran Khan’s flood fund. I just have one question. Is the money that is collected in the fund handed over to the Pakistan government by any chance or does it go directly to the people who it is meant for? Thank you.

  21. syed irfan hasan

    GREAT JOB IMRAN KHAN, YOUR ARE HERO AND OUR LEADER…

  22. Manzoor Naqvi

    In my opinion Imran Khan is the only person who can resolve the Flood effectees miseries by the coperation of the world. I have a very small amount to pay for flood relief but I do not know how to pay from UAE.
    Manzoor Naqvi

  23. NADEEM KAYANI

    sahi waqt pe sahi faisla
    &
    The sign of revolution IMRAN KHAN

    REGARDS, NADEEM IQBAL LAHORE

  24. zakirya

    ASA
    IMRAN KHAN IS A REAL HERO OF PAKSITAN HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE PAKSITAN I MEAN HE IS THE ONLY HOPE OF PSKSITAN.
    I REQUEST ALL PAKISTANI PEOPLE PLZ DONT GIVE UR PRECIOUS VOTE ALL THOSE PARTIES ONE COME INTO POWER AND THEN THEY RUN AWAY FROM PAKISTAN AFTER DOING A LOT OF CRUPTION AND THE OTHER WATING WATING THERE TRUN TO AGAIN LOOT THE INOCENT PAKISTANI PEOPLE.
    PLZ VOTE ONLY IMRAN KHAN HE IS THE ONLY HOPE OF PAKSITAN.

  25. Syed Zeshan Akhlaq

    Salam,

    I am from Orange County, CA.. Imran, may Allah give you more strength to help poor and may Allah give you success in Pakistan political process, you are the only hope for a clean and honorable gov in Pakistan.
    May Allah give us to see that soon. Ameen….

  26. Amjad Khan

    Dear Imran,

    Thanks for whatever you doing for Pakistan in general and for Flood victims in particular. I have maild my check to California on a given address. Me and my family lives in new jersey.
    May God bless you and all others they are helping you. Here in USA we are doing our best to help our Great Pakistan.
    Thanks,
    Amjad Khan and family.

  27. Amer Khan

    Salam,

    I am pakistani, living in washington DC area, I contributed what i could in terms of money, i honestly can’t afford more, to be exact i dont have more than a few hundred dollars but i want to help. kindly respond to me how can i help? answering calls, loading unloading stuff, driving, whatever i can i will help my people

  28. shahid ali

    salam.

    SIR.imran khan….Keep it up.Pakistan needs you.You will be leading pakistan one day.INSHALLAH

  29. Arif A. Khawaja

    No doubt, Imran is the only Hope for Pakistan. The present social, economical, political culture has collapsed and we need to re-build the Pakistan and Imran is the only person, who can do that. Everyone must play his part and convey this message to your near and dear ones in Pakistan. Change could not be made without people.
    God Bless Pakistan

  30. Imran Hameed

    AOA,

    I would like to give couple of suggestions

    1) Like Islamic relief website, have some Zakat section. People would like donate money in the form of Zakat especially in this month.
    2) Please add Credit card charging as well. PAYPAL is barrier for few donors. I understand donors can pay through check, normally donors would like to have as minimum barrier as possible. Time is important these days.

    Thanks,
    Imran

  31. Uzma Bailey

    Dear Sir,

    I admire your devotion to our country. I want my country to be out of debt and self sufficient. I want to help. Please consider recruiting people to teach the younger generation so that we can get out this cycle of poverty and this cycle of corruption throughout the government systems.

    Many countries have programs such as TEFL where foreigners come and teach English to the students whose first language isn’t English. I think its important that every Pakistani knows how to speak English since it is an international language and most business is conducted in English.

  32. shafiq mustafa

    Hi, keep up the good work guys, keep the money coming in. Long live Pakistan!!

  33. Mohammad Asim

    Assalaam O Alaikum,
    I am in US and am planning to work for at least two weeks with an honest and trustworthy ground based organization helping the flood victims.
    When I contacted my circle of friends in Pakland, one of the name that popped was of your organization.
    I plan to leave US somewhere next week.
    Please contact me immediately, if you are interested, so that we can work out a plan.
    Fe Amaan Allah.
    Asim

  34. shahid

    Hi Admin,

    Can you please run a spell check on your site

    Thanks

    Mail your check made out to ‘Imran Khan Foundation’
    Imran Khan Foundation c/o
    Shafiq Khan
    30 Barcelona
    Irvine, CA 92614

  35. Salams.
    We are involved in various fund raising activites for the current flood crisis in Pakistan and need to verify the authenticity of the charity that you list. Please contact me directly via email.

    Thank you!

  36. O.Rahman

    I TRUST YOU PEOPLE

    I am a bachelor student in New Jersey, I just want to know is there any possibility to be a part of your foundation to help our people in Pakistan, I can help them in anyway. If you want me to go down there I will more than happy to help them and be a part of your team. Just want to do this for Allah but I can’t afforded alone this is the reason I am writing you people.

    Contact me on via Email address

  37. Asslam O Alaikum

    Asslam O alikum,

    how do you guys utilize the donated money. IRW and Edhi use around 10% for their admin and fundraising.

    wa salam
    nosheen

  38. ASIF NAVEED

    HI. sir
    I am The Fan Of Ur personality .can i meet u ? if this possible pl z meet me.i will wait Ur favorable response.

  39. Assalamualaikum

    I’m from Sri Lanka. I like Imran Khan. He is my star. Pakistan politics and cricket needs him and his services very much.

    May almighty allah bless him.
    shokriya

  40. SIR IMRAN KHAN,
    IMRAN KHAN A NAME THAT KNOW EVERY BODY A MAN THAT CHANGE THE HISTORY OF CRICKET. BUT WHEN I SEE HIM IN POLITICS I RECOGNIZE HIM AS MY LEADER. I THING HE HAS A ABILITY TO LEAD A NATION. I HAVE LEARN TRUE POLITICS FROM HIM. PEOPLES SAID THAT HE IS MY ROLE MODEL BUT I WANT TO WORK WITH HIM. A HONEST MAN THAT WANT TO DO SOMETHING FOR HIS COUNTRY.

  41. salam khan ji
    vese to sb hi aap se baat krte hai English main .pr main aap se apni zaban main baat krna chahon gi.jo hamari komee zaban hai .ji kom se ham sab insaf nehin kr rehe.kher main to vese jb se hosh sambhala hai aap ki bohat fan hon .aap ko paa bhi nehin k main apne bachpan main jo copy leti thi likhne l liye jis par aap ki photo nehin hoti thi main vo cheez hi nahin lete thi.aap ki pori zindagi k nakshe kadam pr hamesha chalti i hon .aur aaj bhi KHODA ne moje ye moka de hi diya k main aap se baat kr rehi hon aur aap ki tarha hi ek Orga Nization bana rehi hon jo sirf apno k liye hi nehin balke pori doniyan k loogon k liye kam kre gi.aap to jante hai k UK main koi bhi kam kro to aus main ye loog partnership ko bohat pasnd krte hai khas kr k Charity Organization main .to please main aap ko pni Organization main as a partner Invite krti hon.main ne aap k office phone kr k aap k liye apna Number chhorh diya hai please contact zaror kren .
    shokriya

  42. Dear Imran,

    I am a freelance factual series producer involved in a voluntary project organised by the Media Trust and wondered if you might be able to give a short amount of your time to it. The pupils of Al-Khair Secondary School in Croydon http://www.alkhair.org have a 30 minute slot on an Islamic community channel and are producing and presenting their own magazine show – i-Kidz. The programme is the boys’ own concept and they have written and will be presenting it, and would love to interview you as an inspirational Muslim in their i-Chat slot. The programme records on April 24th and I wondered if it might be possible either to film a pre-recorded interview with you for the show, or for you to come to central London on the 24th and be our studio guest. It would mean a lot to the boys as you can imagine.

    Please let me know as soon as possible if you would consider being involved with this project.

    Best wishes,

    Amy Walker 07779 264 897

  43. Aamir

    Sallam
    I love Imran Khan and i am the big fan of Imran, is it any channel through which i can contact with Imran Khan Directly

    • Sarah Butt

      Dear Imran Khan,

      I am student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. We are hosting a charity event on campus for Pakistan, sponsored by Thaakat Foundation, Islamic Relief Fund, and Muslim Student Association of Rutgers, and I was wondering since you are in US at the moment, it would be great to have you at our event. We would really appreciate your time.

      Best,
      Sarah

      • AsSalam Sarah,

        Mr. Imran Khan left USA on August 7th 2010. Right now he is in Pakistan.

      • Wajid Memon

        Really it is a great initiative taken by muslim students regarding the same

        I am confident that GOD will help us in this relavent

        Regards

        Wajid Shams Memon
        Development Professional
        Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan

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