Imran Khan turns 64: Biography of the legend

Imran Khan turns 64: Biography of the legend

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has turned 64 today.

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has completed 64 years of his life today. He has so far spent a glamorous life earning great fame as cricketer, philanthropist and politician with numerous achievements.

Imran was born on November 25, 1952 to a Pashtun family in Lahore and educated at Aitchison, Worcestor and Oxford. He started playing cricket at the age of 13 at school and later developed himself into a national cricketer. He made his debut for Pakistan at the age of 18 during the 1971 English series at Birmingham. He played until 1992.

Imran also served as the national team's captain in 48 Tests and 139 One-day Internationals. He, notably, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan's first and only victory in that competition.

Imran 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.

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 the first hospital in Lahore in 1994, and later in 2015 a second hospital in Peshawar.

In April 2008, Khan established a technical college in the Mianwali district called Namal College. It became an associate college of the University of Bradford in December 2005.

Imran Khan Foundation is another welfare work, which aims to assist needy people all over Pakistan. It has provided help to flood victims in Pakistan.

Imran Khan remains a prominent philanthropist and served as the chancellor of  Bradford University between 2005 and 2014. He was the recipient of an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in 2012.

In April 1996, Imran founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), a centrist political party. He was elected a member of the National Assembly in 2002 and served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. He was again elected to the parliament in the 2013 elections, when his party emerged as the second largest in the country by popular vote.

Imran Khan serves as the parliamentary leader of PTI, hence leading the third largest block of parliamentarians in the National Assembly since 2013. His party won the militancy-hit North West province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has seen the most progress on human development of Pakistani provinces, according to the World Bank.