History is full of stories of the successful personalities, who are labeled as the society’s oddballs or frequently as the stupid ones but end up changing the whole perspective. You can take examples of people like Steve Jobs, Abdul Sattar Eidhi, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawkings, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who has transformed impossible into possible. People usually ignore the effort behind success and believe that successes are born overnight. However, if you deeply examine world history, that surely is not the case. From a cricketer to a prime minister, it is a story of the struggle of Imran Khan.
Khan was born in Mianwali on October 5, 1952, to Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanum. His father descended from the Niazi tribe of the Shermankhel race while his family resides in Lahore.
He attended Aitchison College in Lahore and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England. In 1972, he entered in Keble College, Oxford where he read philosophy, politics, and economics, certifying with honors in 1975.
From a Cricketer to a Prime Minister
From conquering the World Cup in 1992 facing all probabilities to wandering the streets of Pakistan to raise funds for his Cancer Hospital and to handling critique against his ideal goal. From establishing his political party to securing only one seat in the General Elections. From shouting against corruption to becoming the leader of the 3rd largest party and now ready to accomplish his enduring vision of becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
1992: The Year of Cricket World Cup
The year 1992 finally became one of the most cherished years for Pakistan’s cricket history. Under his captaincy, the team went onto delivering what appeared to be the impossible; becoming World Champions.
After winning the trophy and the title “World Champions,” the team members including Wasim Akram, Inzimam Ul Haq, Ramiz Raja, and Javed Miandad considered the success as a result of the hope and revival that Imran Khan instilled in the team.
Their dressing rooms would often echo with the sounds of “Yeh Cup Hamara Hai, Isne Hamain Pukara Hai”
1994: The Year of Big Dream
Imran Khan was been criticized innumerable times and being defamed by many so-called specialist doctors and economic analysts, the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital was inaugurated by Imran Khan on December 29th, 1994 to operate the poor patients free of cost.
1996: The Year of New Struggle
His keen goal was finally becoming a reality, but he conceived once more and this time much influential and motivational. However, he changed his strategy from sports and welfare to exploring real change through politics.
On 25th April 1996, Imran Khan set the framework of the idea of a “Naya Pakistan” by establishing his political party, the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (Pakistan’s Movement for Justice).
2002: The Year of Unforgettable Reality
The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf determined to inherently struggle against the rut by deploying its competitors in Pakistan’s General Elections of 2002. Reality ultimately trembled Imran Khan as he eventually encountered a significant disappointment; the PTI could only catch one seat.
The only seat won by PTI was Imran Khan’s own from his hometown, Mianwali
2008: The Year of Boycott
The year 2008 is labeled as ‘gravest mistake’ by experts when he and his party members decided to boycott 2008’s General Elections. Imran made this decision on ethical grounds because he had decided that an elected parliament had no meaning under a president (Pervez Musharraf) in army uniform.
2011: The Year of Tsunami
Imran Khan was been deteriorated, beaten, depressed and disappointed continuously for more than 15 years and any normal man would have at least thought the option of giving up for good but Imran Khan proved, sincere and great leaders are made only on determination and endurance particularly in the tough times.
The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf revealed its true colors in October of 2011 when Imran succeeded to gather thousands of energized, politically depressed and game-changer youth, men, women, and even teenagers in a historical Jalsa at Minar e Pakistan, Lahore.
2013: The Start of Naya Pakistan (New Pakistan)
2013 was the year of the start of Naya Pakistan that witnessed the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf officially becomes the most obvious threat to the Nawaz Sharif and Zardari combo that had taken Pakistan in a completely harsh situation.
The PTI was ready to establish an alliance government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the most delicate provinces of the country.
2014: The Year of Movement against Corruption
The claimed huge rigging in the 2013 elections granted Imran a unique chance to grow as Pakistan’s most notable leaders as he carried an unusual, record-breaking 126-day-long strike, a campaign against rigging backed by millions of his supporters from all over Pakistan.
2017: The Year of Panama Case and Avenfield Verdict
Imran Khan filed an appeal against Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister at that time) in the Panama Offshore Company Case.
After sessions of precise inquiry, PML N’s leader Nawaz Sharif was not only outlawed from his designation of PM and participating in the elections but was also sentenced to 10 years in prison along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz to spend 7 years behind bars.
2018: The Year of Naya Pakistan (New Pakistan)
July 25th, 2018 witnessed the rise of Naya Pakistan as PTI’s 22-year effort eventually succeeded when the party won over 100 seats in the General Elections and became Pakistan’s most famous and powerful political party.
From a Cricketer to a Prime Minister: The Struggle of Imran Khan in Pictures