“Cricket ball” on the political arena
The changes in family life – from a noble wife to a Muslim devotee – also seem to reflect Khan’s changes, from a lone player to a major ambitious rulers. Of course, the road from a cricket player to a peak of power is not easy.
The Tehreek-e-Insaf party founded by Imran Khan met with a disastrous defeat in the first election campaign in 1997 with only 1.7% of the vote.
After the fourth military coup with General Musharraf taking power in 1999, Khan quickly moved to the opposition. “Musharraf is undermining our democracy through the so-called” war on terror … Musharraf is just a puppet to implement the American agenda “, politician Imran Khan has publicly declared so in an effort to find voters’ votes.
This tactic did not help much in the 2002 election (organized under the control of the military), Tehreek-e-Insaf received only 0.8% of the vote, meaning a seat in Congress.
As Muslim ideas gradually became more popular in Pakistan, Khan was noted to tend toward the Islamic artillery parties. However, his views were judged to be dizzying – when he condemned extremism, then supported the law of religious worship; when it comes to the military, at other times it is associated with Muslim priests against them. Khan’s speech is increasingly revealing anti-Western and American accents.
“It was a good guy who stepped into the political arena. Something he flew back and forth like a cricket ball, ”said many politicians in Pakistan, commenting on the opinion of the new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
However, a surprise broke out in the 2013 election, when Tehreek-e-Insaf finished third with 27 seats in parliament. It was the perfect step forward for the next five-year victory with Imran Khan officially becoming Prime Minister at age 65, leaving behind a 22-year journey of tireless struggles.
In the opinion of experts, the emergence of a new character like Khan breaks the two-party monopoly but unlikely to bring long-term stability to Pakistan itself, even it would become more unpredictable. The truth is that during the 22 years of political activity, the “new savior of the nation” (hopefully by many people) has constantly changed many styles, nuances, and even contradictions.
New Prime Minister Imran Khan was first known to Pakistan for sure because of cricket. The cricket – ruled by the British colonialists in the Hindustan peninsula – has long been not only a popular sport but has actually become a religion in this area, even exceed football.
While Imran Khan who was the captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team won the world championship in 1992 (for the first time and until now it is still the only) after overcoming the descendants of colonial gunmen once ruled his country before, and was the inventor of this sport from the British National Team.
The moment of this historic victory is celebrated by Pakistanis as a second day of independence. The portrait of the captain was present throughout the office walls of government agencies, private companies, large stores, and even small shops from Karachi to Peshawar. Politicians scramble to approach Khan, trying to attract the captain to their side.
At the time of the 1990s, a political career seemed to have been placed on this intelligent and ambitious athlete. At the same time when the press was competing to predict which Khan party would join, he suddenly followed a different path – philanthropy. In 1994, the world champion mobilized money to build in Lahore (Pakistan’s second largest city with 11 million people) a cancer treatment hospital for the first civilians.
Imran Khan officially embarked on politics in 1996, but in a way no one would have expected. He announced the establishment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in the hope of representing the ambition of youth innovation, becoming a symbol of a new Pakistan.
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”.