When we met Imran Khan for the first time in 1986, we never imagined that the swashbuckling Cricketer (who bowled ‘maidens’ over) would turn to politics and would one day become the Prime Minister of one of the most important countries of the world.
Now as Pakistan’s leader, Imran is set to change the face and fate of his country, starting with a peace process to end the dispute with India, counter terrorism and take a series of measures that would see Pakistan come out of its shackles of corruption and extravagance.
An opulent man himself, Imran has announced that he would begin his reforms process by asking the rich to pay taxes, go on an austerity drive to contain debt and engage with the people as their ‘true and honest representative.’
His decision to create a ‘New Pakistan,’ not only hopes to reduce poverty, improve welfare and removing ostentation but also seek fresh friendship with India.
The 65-year-old leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party won the popular vote of the people at the General Election held on July 25, 2018, with an impressive 149 seats in the 270 seat-National Assembly, thirteen seats more than the combined win of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan People’s Party.
A firebrand populist, Khan’s appeal has soared in recent years on the back of his anti-corruption drive, which has resonated with young voters and the expanding middle class in the mainly-Muslim nation of 208 million people.
But Khan has inherited a host of problems at home and abroad, including a brewing currency crisis and fraying relations with Pakistan’s historic ally, the United States.
We wish him well and look forward to reporting on his governance.