Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, when he led the team to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Imran Khan Biography

Khan was born in Lahore on 5 October 1952. He is the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum, and has four sisters.

He was educated at the Aitchison College and Cathedral School in Lahore. In 1972, he enrolled in Keble College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating with a third-class degree in 1975.

Imran Khan Young

He had numerous girlfriends during his bachelor life. The former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan had a close relationship when both were students in Oxford.

He further claimed that they had a “romantic relationship”, which was refuted by Khan who said they were only friends.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

His most well known relationship was with heiress Sita White, daughter of British industrialist Gordon White, Baron White of Hull.

According to Sita White, Khan agreed for a child in a 1991 meeting.

Tyrian Jade was born on 15 June 1992 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but Khan, according to White’s allegation, refused to accept her because she was a girl.

In 2004, after Sita’s death, Khan agreed to accept Tyrian as his child and welcomed her to join their house.

Imran Khan Wives

On 16 May 1995, at the age of 43, Khan married 21-year-old Jemima Goldsmith, in a two-minute ceremony conducted in Urdu in Paris.

A month later, on 21 June, they 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. Jemima found it difficult to adapt to life in Pakistan. On 22 June 2004, the couple announced their divorce, ending the nine-year marriage.

In January 2015, it was announced that Khan married British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan in a private Nikah ceremony at his residence in Islamabad.

On 22 October, they announced their intention to file for divorce. In mid-2016, late 2017 and early 2018, reports emerged that Khan had married his spiritual mentor, Bushra Bibi.

On 18 February 2018, PTI confirmed Khan has married Manika. According to Khan, his life has been influenced by Sufism for three decades, and this is what drew him closer to his wife.

Imran Khan Cricketer

Imran Khan made his first-class cricket debut at the age of 16 in Lahore. Soon Khan made his Test cricket debut against England in June 1971 at Edgbaston.

Three years later, in August 1974, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Trent Bridge for the Prudential Trophy.

During the late 1970s, Imran Khan was one of the pioneers of the reverse swing bowling technique. He imparted this trick to the bowling duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who mastered and popularised this art in later years.

As a fast bowler, Khan reached his peak in 1982. 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.

As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, of which Pakistan won 14, lost 8 and drawn 26. He also played 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie.

He also served as the team’s captain intermittently between 1982 and 1992. Notably he lead Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s first and only victory in the competition.

Imran Khan Party

In 1991, he launched a fundraising campaign to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. He raised $25 million to set up a hospital in Lahore in 1994, and set up a second hospital in Peshawar in 2015.

In April 1996, Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), a centrist political party. Soon he became the party’s national leader.

Imran Khan contested for a seat in the National Assembly in October 2002. Later he served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007.

People elected him again to the parliament in the 2013 elections, when his party emerged as the second largest in the country.

In the 2018 general elections, his party won the largest number of seats. He defeated the ruling PML-N, bringing Khan to premiership and the PTI into federal government for the first time.

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