Imran Khan
Politician
Imran Khan
Imran KhanHI, PP, ASA, FRCPE born Imran Khan Niazi, on November 25, 1952, is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer. He played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century and, after retiring, entered politics. Besides his political activism, Khan is also a philanthropist, cricket commentator, Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Founding Chairman Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.
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Snap Inc.'s founders spend big on outside talent, but aren't keen to share voting rights
LATimes - 23 days
In late 2014, the company then known as Snapchat hired a star banker away from Credit Suisse to be its chief strategy officer. Imran Khan had deep connections in the technology industry, links that helped Snapchat score a $200-million investment from Chinese Internet giant Alibaba months after...
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Snap Makes $3 Billion IPO Details Public
Huffington Post - 24 days
Snap Inc, owner of popular messaging service Snapchat, made many of its financial details public for the first time on Thursday, as it prepared to raise up to $3 billion in an initial public offering in New York that is expected to come in March. The disclosure was Snap’s opening salvo in convincing investors that the company, which launched in 2012 as a free mobile app with disappearing messages, has come up with a sustainable business model despite increasing losses. Snap had confidentially registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late last year and kept the prospectus under such tight wraps that even some of its IPO underwriters had not seen it prior to publication on Thursday, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Snap said in the IPO registration document published on Thursday it would become the first U.S. company to go public with shares on offer not granting voting rights to stock market investors. Its founders, Evan Spiegel and Robert Murph ...
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World Leaders React To Fidel Castro’s Death
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Khan renews Sharif 'resign' calls
Reuters.com - 4 months
Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan renews calls for the prime minister's resignation saying he expects a corruption inquiry to topple him.
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Imran Khan says he expects Pakistani Supreme Court inquiry to topple Sharif
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he expected a Supreme Court corruption investigation to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and repeated his calls for Sharif to resign immediately. The court on Tuesday agreed to Khan's request to set up a judicial commission to probe Khan's corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from revelations that his children owned offshore companies in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.
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Pakistan's Imran Khan backs off from threat to shut down capital
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Asad Hashim and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan backed down from a threat to paralyze the capital on Wednesday, a move likely to ease tension that has spilled over into violence in the run-up to the planned protests. Khan's vow to "shut down" Islamabad to press a demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign or face a corruption inquiry had sparked a citywide ban on gatherings and the arrests of hundreds of opposition activists accused of defying the ban. Instead of the protest, Khan on Tuesday said he would hold a "celebratory" rally, following a decision by the Supreme Court to pursue a case linked to Sharif.
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Pakistani Police Clash With Backers of Opposition Leader Imran Khan
NYTimes - 4 months
The riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to prevent supporters of Mr. Khan and his party from advancing toward Islamabad for a protest.
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Pakistan opposition party says more of its workers arrested, cancels rally
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested 30 workers from the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party ahead of planned protests to shut down the capital on Wednesday, a PTI official said on Saturday, as the party canceled a rally in the capital. On Friday, supporters of PTI leader Imran Khan, a former Pakistani cricket hero, clashed with police in Rawalpindi, 20 km (12 miles) from Islamabad, and Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest. Police on Thursday arrested 38 PTI workers at a youth rally, hours after local authorities imposed a two-month ban on all public gatherings in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
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Fierce clashes rock Pakistani city
Reuters.com - 4 months
Pakistani police fire tear gas as stone-throwing supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan in Rawalpindi on Friday.
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Should Pakistan get the dancing girl from Mohenjo-Daro back?
Huffington Post - 4 months
One cannot really pinpoint where Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf stands ideologically. Not that it is easier to identify the ideological standpoint of other political parties, with the Pakistan People's Party incorporating feudals into its socialist party and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz trying desperately to project itself as a more liberal and secular party in recent years compared to its right-winged past in the 1990s. On the one hand, the Tehreek-i-Insaaf caters to the youth, who imagine themselves to be liberal saviours of the country but are extremely nationalist and religious in their political outlook. And on the other, the party is in coalition with the Jamaat-i-Islami, a religio-political party, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and continues to respond to its moralistic requirements regarding laws in the province. Perhaps the dichotomy within the Tehreek-i-Insaaf can be highlighted through the example of Khan at his jalsa in Lahore on October 30 ...
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On GPS: radicalism in Pakistan
CNN - 10 months
Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan delves into why the country faces problems of violent extremism.
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Two Of Pakistan's Best Friends Hate Each Other
Huffington Post - about 1 year
KARACHI, Pakistan -- The Saudi consulate here, in the largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is guarded by walls more than 10 feet tall, three sentry towers and multiple local policemen.  Security at the compound has grown progressively in the four years since gunmen killed a Saudi diplomat minutes away from the Karachi consulate, targeting him with a 9mm pistol while he was on his way to work. Months after the attack, a Saudi source told The Washington Post that his government and those of Pakistan and the U.S. believed the assailants had ties to Iran -- like two men the Justice Department charged the same year over a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The Karachi consulate remains a Saudi-flagged landmark, at a valuable intersection in one of Pakistan's wealthiest neighborhoods.  But its sensitivity is a reminder of one of the key factors complicating the current tussle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, its regional rival: Some of the most important s ...
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Sorry Bangladesh
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Exactly 44 years ago, on 16th December 1971, Bangladesh seceded from Pakistan to became an independent country after a bloody civil war. One of my friends at Cornell who is from Bangladesh once told me in detail about the way his nation thought about years from 1947 to 1971 ( when Bangladesh was East Pakistan) and about what happened during the war. He then told me that the scars of the brutal repression by West Pakistan back in 1971 have not completely healed. That was the time when Shahbag protests were taking place demanding capital punishments for those who had been convicted of war crimes. He then posed a question to me: " Why doesn't Pakistan apologize? A mere word of apology would make a lot of difference and allow us to move forward." He countered the criticism that trials were nothing but a political gimmick by Haseena Shaikh's government to extract mileage. " Even if the government is benefiting, the fact is this is what Bangladeshis want". I already have written ...
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Shaukat Khanum: The Death That Would Help Save a Million Lives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Life Is Lost, A Dream Is Born Just over 31 years ago, in a leafy and affluent suburb of a third world country, a young man sat at the bedside of his mother. She was dying. Bereft of peace, and in a painful silence challenged by little other than the muted conversations of family, he sat day after day, forced to acquaint himself with a consuming helplessness; a feeling previously unbeknownst to him. The best that his fame, money and influence could provide for her was a private hospital bed and pain relief. So he watched insufferably, what should've been a treatable cancer, force its way through her precious body claiming it slowly and relentlessly. The analgesia may have eased some of her pain, but for his, there was little remedy. One day, as he sat in the hospital specialist's waiting room, an elderly man walked past him. The young man instantly recognized the pain on this passer-by's face as that of his own. Dressed in a tatty conditioned native dress that told the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Imran Khan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    Khan visited embassies of Iran and Saudi Arabia and met their head of commissions in Islamabad on 8 January 2015 to understand their stance about the conflict which is engulfing both nations after execution of Sheikh Nimr by Saudi Arabia.
    More Details Hide Details He urged the Government of Pakistan to play a positive role to resolve the matter between both countries. In 2010, a Pakistani production house produced a biographical film based on Khan's life, titled Kaptaan: The Making of a Legend. The title, which is Urdu for 'Captain', depicts Khan's captaincy and career with the Pakistan cricket team which led them to victory in the 1992 cricket world cup, as well as events which shaped his life; from being ridiculed in cricket to being labelled a playboy; from the tragic death of his mother to his efforts and endeavours in building the first cancer hospital in Pakistan; from being the first Chancellor of the University of Bradford to the building of Namal University. During the 1970s and 1980s, Khan became known as a socialite and sported a playboy image due to his "non-stop partying" at London nightclubs such as Annabel's and Tramp, though he claims to have hated English pubs and never drank alcohol. He also gained notoriety in London gossip columns for romancing young debutantes such as Susannah Constantine, Lady Liza Campbell and the artist Emma Sergeant. One of these ex-girlfriends, the British heiress Sita White, daughter of Gordon White, Baron White of Hull, became the mother of his alleged lovechild daughter, Tyrian Jade White. A judge in the US ruled him to be the father of Tyrian, but Khan has denied paternity publicly. Later in 2007, Election Commission of Pakistan ruled in favour of Khan and dismissed the ex parte judgment of the US court, on grounds that it was neither admissible in evidence before any court or tribunal in Pakistan nor executable against him.
    In January 2015 Khan married British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan in a private Nikah ceremony at his residence in Islamabad. On 22 October 2015 they announced their intention to file for divorce.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    On 15 August Khan led protesters entered the capital and a few days later marched into the high security Red Zone, on 1 September 2014, according to Al Jazeera, attempted to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence, which prompted the outbreak of violence which has resulted in three deaths and more than 595 people injured, including 115 police officers.
    More Details Hide Details By September Khan had entered into a de facto alliance with Canadian-Pakistani cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, both have aimed to mobilise their supporters for regime change. Khan enetered into an agreement with Sharif administration to establish a three-member high-powered judicial commission would be formed under a presidential ordinance. The commission would make its final report public, If the commission finds a country-wide pattern of rigging proved, the prime minister would dissolve the national and provincial assemblies in terms of the articles 58(1) and 112(1) of the Constitution – thereby meaning that the premier would also appoint the caretaker setup in consultation with the leader of opposition and fresh elections would be held. Khan's proclaimed political platform and declarations include: Islamic values, to which he rededicated himself in the 1990s; liberal economics, with the promise of deregulating the economy and creating a welfare state; decreased bureaucracy and the implementation of anti-corruption laws, to create and ensure a clean government; the establishment of an independent judiciary; overhaul of the country's police system; and an anti-militant vision for a democratic Pakistan. David Rose described Khan as a threat to the Americans and the feudal lords who have ruled Pakistan for decades.
    On 14 August 2014, Imran Khan led a rally of supporters from Lahore to Islamabad, promising Nawaz Sharif's resignation and investigation into alleged electoral fraud.
    More Details Hide Details On its way to the capital Khan's convoy was attacked by stones Muslim League supporters in Gujranwala, however there were no fatalities. Khan was reported to be attacked with guns which forced him to travel him in bullet-proof vehicle.
    One year after elections, on 11 May 2014, Khan alleged that 2013 general elections were rigged in favour of the ruling Pakistan Muslim Leaque.
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    On 13 November 2013, Imran Khan being party leader, ordered Pervez Khattak to dismiss ministers of Qaumi Watan Party who were allegedly involved in corruption.
    More Details Hide Details Bakht Baidar and Ibrar Hussan Kamoli of Qaumi Watan Party were ministers for Manpower & Industry and Forest & Environment respectively, were dismissed. Khan ordered Chief Minister KPK to end the alliance with Qaumi Watan Party. Chief Minister KPK also dismissed Minister for Communication and Works of PTI "Yousuf Ayub" due to a fake degree.
    The notice was discharged after Khan submitted before the Supreme Court that he criticised the lower judiciary for their actions during the May 2013 General election while those judicial officers were working as returning officers.
    More Details Hide Details Khan's party swooped the militancy-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and has formed the provincial government. PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government presented a balanced, tax-free budget for the fiscal year 2013–14.
    Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf became the opposition party in Punjab and Sindh. Khan became the parliamentary leader of his party. On 31 July 2013 Khan was issued a contempt of court notice for allegedly criticising the superior judiciary, and his use of the word "shameful" for the judiciary.
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    On 21 April 2013 Khan launched his final public relations campaign for the 2013 elections from Lahore where he addressed thousands of supporters at The Mall, Lahore.
    More Details Hide Details He announced that he would pull Pakistan out of the US-led war on terror and bring peace to the Pashtun tribal belt. Khan addressed different public meetings in Malakand, Lower Dir District, Upper Dir District and other cities of Pakistan where he announced that PTI will introduce a uniform education system in which the children of rich and poor will have equal opportunities. Khan ended his south Punjab campaign by addressing rallies at Bahawalpur, Khanpur, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur. Khan ended the campaign by addressing a rally of supporters in Islamabad via a video link while lying on a bed at a hospital in Lahore. According to the last survey before the elections by The Herald showed 24.98 percent of voters nationally planned to vote for his party, just a whisker behind former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
    On 30 April 2013, Manzoor Wattoo president of Pakistan Peoples Party (Punjab) offered Khan the office of prime minister in the possible coalition government which would include the PPP and Khan's PTI, in a move to prevent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to make the government, but the offer was rejected.
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    On 23 March 2013, Khan introduced the "Naya Pakistan Resolution" (New Pakistan) at the start of his election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details On 29 April The Observer termed Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as the main opposition to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
    He was again elected to the parliament in 2013 elections, when his party emerged as the second largest in the country by popular vote.
    More Details Hide Details Khan serves as the parliamentary leader of PTI, hence leading the third largest block of parliamentarians in National Assembly since 2013. Khan remain's a prominent philanthropist and commenter, and served as the chancellor of Bradford University between 2005 and 2014. He was the recipient of a honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in 2012. Khan was born in Lahore, the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum. Long settled in Mianwali in northwestern Punjab, his paternal family are of Pashtun ethnicity and belong to the Niazi tribe. Khan's mother hailed from the Pashtun tribe of Burki, which had produced several successful cricketers in Pakistan's history, including his cousins Javed Burki and Majid Khan. Maternally, Khan is also a descendant of the Sufi warrior-poet and inventor of the Pashto alphabet, Pir Roshan, who hailed from his maternal family's ancestral Kaniguram town located in South Waziristan in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    On 6 October 2012, Khan joined a vehicle caravan of protesters from Islamabad to the village of Kotai in Pakistan's South Waziristan region against US drone missile strikes.
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    In August 2012, the Pakistani Taliban issued death threats if he went ahead with his march to their tribal stronghold along the Afghan border to protest US drone attacks, because he calls himself a "liberal" – a term they associate with a lack of religious belief.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 October 2012, prior to his plan to address a rally in South Waziristan, senior commanders of Pakistani Taliban said after a meeting headed by the Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud that they now offered Khan security assistance for the rally because of Khan's opposition to drone attacks in Pakistan, reversing their previous stance. Khan spoke against the forced conversion of the Kalash people under threat from Taliban and labelled it un-Islamic. Khan views Kashmir issue as a humanitarian problem contrary to the concept of territorial dispute between two countries (India and Pakistan). He also proposed secret talks to settle the issue as he thinks the vested interests on both sides will try to subvert them. He ruled out a military solution to the conflict and denied the possibility of a fourth war between India and Pakistan over the disputed mountainous region.
  • 2011
    Age 58
    Between 2011 and 2013, Khan and Nawaz Sharif began to engage each other in a bitter feud.
    More Details Hide Details The rivalry between the two leaders grew in late 2011 when Khan addressed his largest crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. From 26 April 2013, in the run up to the elections, both the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf started to criticise each other.
    On 30 October 2011, Khan addressed more than 100,000 supporters in Lahore, challenging the policies of the government, calling that new change a "tsunami" against the ruling parties, Another successful public gathering of hundreds of thousands of supporters was held in Karachi on 25 December 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Since then Khan has become a real threat to the ruling parties and a future political prospect in Pakistan. According to the International Republican Institute's (IRI's) survey, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tops the list of popular parties in Pakistan both at the national and provincial level.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    On 3 November 2007, Khan was put under house arrest, after president Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan.
    More Details Hide Details Later Khan escaped and went into hiding. He eventually came out of hiding on 14 November to join a student protest at the University of the Punjab. At the rally, Khan was captured by activists from the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami and roughly treated.
    On 2 October 2007, as part of the All Parties Democratic Movement, Khan joined 85 other MPs to resign from Parliament in protest of the presidential election scheduled for 6 October, which general Musharraf was contesting without resigning as army chief.
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    In June 2007, Khan faced political opponents in and outside the parliament.
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    On 6 May 2005, Khan was mentioned in The New Yorker as being the "most directly responsible" for drawing attention in the Muslim word to the Newsweek story about the alleged desecration of the Qur'an in a US military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
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  • 2004
    Age 51
    Rumours circulated that the couple's marriage was in crisis. Jemima denied the rumours by publishing an advertisement in Pakistani newspapers. On 22 June 2004, it was announced that the couple had divorced, ending the nine-year marriage because it was "difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan".
    More Details Hide Details Khan resides in his sprawling farmhouse at Bani Gala. In November 2009, Khan underwent emergency surgery at Lahore's Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to remove an obstruction in his small intestine.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    The 2002 Pakistani general election in October across 272 constituencies, Khan anticipated in the elections and was prepared to form a coalition if his party did not get a majority of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details He was elected from Mianwali. He has also served as a part of the Standing Committees on Kashmir and Public Accounts.
    According to Khan, he was Musharraf's choice for prime minister in 2002 but turned down the offer.
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  • 1999
    Age 46
    Khan supported General Pervez Musharraf's military coup in 1999, believing Musharraf would "end corruption, clear out the political mafias".
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  • 1996
    Age 43
    In 1996, Khan founded a political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
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    In 1996, Khan successfully defended himself in a libel action brought forth by former English captain and all-rounder Ian Botham and batsman Allan Lamb over comments they alleged were made by Khan in two articles about the above-mentioned ball-tampering and another article published in an Indian magazine, India Today.
    More Details Hide Details They claimed that, in the latter publication, Khan had called the two cricketers "racist, ill-educated and lacking in class." Khan protested that he had been misquoted, saying that he was defending himself after having admitted that he tampered with a ball in a county match 18 years ago. Khan won the libel case, which the judge labelled a "complete exercise in futility", with a 10–2 majority decision by the jury. Since retiring, Khan has written opinion pieces on cricket for various British and Asian newspapers, especially regarding the Pakistani national team. His contributions have been published in India's Outlook magazine, the Guardian, the Independent, and the Telegraph. Khan also sometimes appears as a cricket commentator on Asian and British sports networks, including BBC Urdu and the Star TV network. In 2004, when the Indian cricket team toured Pakistan after 14 years, he was a commentator on TEN Sports' special live show, Straight Drive, while he was also a columnist for sify.com for the 2005 India-Pakistan Test series. He has provided analysis for every cricket World Cup since 1992, which includes providing match summaries for the BBC during the 1999 World Cup. He holds as a captain the world record for taking most wickets, best bowling strike rate and best bowling average in test, and best bowling figures (8 wickets for 60 runs) in a test innings, and also most five-wicket hauls (6) in a test innings in wins.
  • 1995
    Age 42
    On 16 May 1995, Khan married Jemima Goldsmith, in a two-minute ceremony conducted in Urdu in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details A month later, on 21 June, they were married again in a civil ceremony at the Richmond registry office in England. Jemima converted to Islam. The couple have two sons, Sulaiman Isa and Kasim.
  • 1994
    Age 41
    In 1994, Khan had admitted that, during Test matches, he "occasionally scratched the side of the ball and lifted the seam."
    More Details Hide Details He had also added, "Only once did I use an object. When Sussex were playing Hampshire in 1981 the ball was not deviating at all. I got the 12th man to bring out a bottle top and it started to move around a lot."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    Khan's career-high as a captain and cricketer came when he led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Playing with a brittle batting line-up, Khan promoted himself as a batsman to play in the top order along with Javed Miandad, but his contribution as a bowler was minimal. At the age of 39, Khan took the winning last wicket himself.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    He was declared Man of the Series against West Indies in 1988 when he took 23 wickets in 3 tests.
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    In 1988, he was asked to return to the captaincy by the president of Pakistan, General Zia-Ul-Haq, and on 18 January, he announced his decision to rejoin the team.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after returning to the captaincy, Khan led Pakistan to another winning tour in the West Indies, which he has recounted as "the last time I really bowled well".
  • 1987
    Age 34
    In India in 1987, Khan led Pakistan in its first ever test series win and this was followed by Pakistan's first series victory in England during the same year.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1980s, his team also recorded three creditable draws against the West Indies. India and Pakistan co-hosted the 1987 World Cup, but neither ventured beyond the semi-finals. Khan retired from international cricket at the end of the World Cup.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    This same Test series against India, however, also resulted in a stress fracture in his shin that kept him out of cricket for more than two years. An experimental treatment funded by the Pakistani government helped him recover by the end of 1984 and he made a successful comeback to international cricket in the latter part of the 1984–1985 season.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    By the end of this series in 1982–1983, Khan had taken 88 wickets in 13 Test matches over a period of one year as captain.
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    He also topped both the bowling and batting averages against England in three Test series in 1982, taking 21 wickets and averaging 56 with the bat.
    More Details Hide Details Later the same year, he put up a highly acknowledged performance in a home series against the formidable Indian team by taking 40 wickets in six Tests at an average of 13.95.
    At the height of his career, in 1982, the thirty-year-old Khan took over the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team from Javed Miandad.
    More Details Hide Details As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, out of which 14 were won by Pakistan, 8 lost and the rest of 26 were drawn. He also played 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie. In the team's second match, Khan led them to their first Test win on English soil for 28 years at Lord's. Khan's first year as captain was the peak of his legacy as a fast bowler as well as an all-rounder. He recorded the best Test bowling of his career while taking 8 wickets for 58 runs against Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1981–1982.
    As a fast bowler, Khan reached the peak of his powers in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details In 9 Tests, he got 62 wickets at 13.29 each, the lowest average of any bowler in Test history with at least 50 wickets in a calendar year. In January 1983, playing against India, he attained a Test bowling rating of 922 points. Although calculated retrospectively (ICC player ratings did not exist at the time), Khan's form and performance during this period ranks third in the ICC's All-Time Test Bowling Rankings. Khan achieved the all-rounder's triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second fastest record behind Ian Botham's 72. He is also established as having the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 of the batting order. He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. Khan retired permanently from cricket six months after his last ODI, the historic 1992 World Cup final against England in Melbourne, Australia. He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world's fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41.
  • 1978
    Age 25
    His credentials as one of the fastest bowlers of the world started to become established when he finished third at 139.7 km/h in a fast bowling contest at Perth in 1978, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts.
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  • 1976
    Age 23
    After graduating from Oxford and finishing his tenure at Worcestershire, he returned to Pakistan in 1976 and secured a permanent place on his native national team starting from the 1976–1977 season, during which they faced New Zealand and Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Australian series, he toured the West Indies, where he met Tony Greig, who signed him up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    Khan publicly demanded a Pakistani apology towards the Bangladeshi people for the atrocities committed in 1971, He called the 1971 operation a "blunder" and likened it to today's treatment of Pashtuns in the war on terror.
    More Details Hide Details However, he repeatedly criticized the war crimes trials in Bangladesh in favor of the convicts, perpetuating the culture of genocide denial on the part of Pakistan. Khan is often mocked as "Taliban Khan" because of his pacifist stance regarding the war in North-West Pakistan. He believes in negotiations with Taliban and the pull out of the Pakistan Army from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He is against US drone strikes and plans to disengage Pakistan from the US-led war on terror. Khan also opposes almost all military operations, including the Siege of Lal Masjid.
    Khan made his test cricket debut against England in 1971 in the city of Birmingham.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Nottingham for the Prudential Trophy.
    At Worcestershire, where he played county cricket from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as only an average medium-pace bowler.
    More Details Hide Details During this decade, other teams represented by Khan included Dawood Industries (1975–1976) and Pakistan International Airlines (1975–1976 to 1980–1981). From 1983 to 1988, he played for Sussex.
    Initially playing for his college and later for the Worcestershire Cricket Club, he made his debut for Pakistan at the age of 18 during the 1971 English series at Birmingham.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from Oxford, Khan joined Pakistan's national cricket team in 1976, and played until 1992. Khan also served as the team's captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992. He, notabley, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan's first and only victory in that competition. Khan retired from cricket in 1992 as one of Pakistan's most successful players. In total he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an 'All-rounder's Triple' in Test matches. He was later, in 2010, inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Khan went on to launch a faundraising campaign to set up a cancer hospital in Lahore in memory of her mother. He raised $25 million to set up the first hospital in Lahore in 1994, and later in 2015 a second hospital in Peshawar.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on October 5, 1952.
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