Imran Khan: From cricket star to Pakistani Prime Minister (Part 1)
An athlete, a well-known player, a fighter for the rights of young people, who support the Muslim side, a character close to the military – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is probably a character of many different shades. How can he win support in the Pakistani Muslim community?
What can the peoples of Pakistan and neighboring countries in South Asia be known for? What can be expected of a former national cricket captain? But surely at this time, the name Imran Khan is an interesting unknown to many people …
Both South Asia watched every move in Islamabad. People were hopeful and waited for a rather strange one-party leader, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), to win the parliamentary elections for the first time in a nuclear power in Asia. It is not accidental that the term “Pakistani revolution” has become the catch phrase of many people.
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan
The reason is not so difficult to understand: in a country with up to 71 years under the control of the military government, this is the second time power has been transferred from one political party to another after one Democratic elections.
Moreover, the victory of Tehreek-e-Insaf also broke the previous two-party monopoly system. During the past 30 years, this 200 million-people nation has been the “playground” of the Pakistan People’s Party (of Bhutto’s representatives in the southern Sindh province) and the Muslim Union (Nawaz faction – lit. founded by influential politician Nawaz Sharif has a base in Punjab province). In other words, Pakistan’s politics is the public confrontation of these two factions, though still behind them are high-ranking military generals.
Now on the political stage of Pakistan suddenly appears a new “player” named Tehreek-e-Insaf and the head of a famous cricket star nationwide. In the July 25 election, the party won 115 out of 272 seats in Pakistan’s parliament.
Although this is only a result of an absolute majority (still needing an alliance with other parties), leader Imran Khan has promised people about a government on the principle of ensuring success, justice and equal. The main thing according to Khan’s promise is that there must be “radical changes”.