How Pakistan’s cricket superstar became prime minister

March 25th 1992 was a big day for
Pakistan the national cricket team beat England to win the world Imran Khan was the face of victory the
Pakistani captain was already a global celebrity and he had a reputation for
being a handsome bachelor but almost 30 years later Khan’s public identity has
completely changed he is now Pakistan’s new prime minister So how did
Pakistan’s cricket superstar become its new leader and will he be the one to
bring change in a country that has long been controlled by its powerful military Oh
from a young age imran khan was exposed to foreign influences he grew up in
lahore where he attended british prep schools and eventually went on to Oxford
University where he sharpened his cricket skills living in England Khan
started gaining popularity as a cricketer he embraced his life in the
West and became a staple of celebrity culture his athletic career lasted more
than two decades after winning the World Cup in 1992 he retired from the game
initially he stayed away from politics I am NOT meant to be a politician there
not everyone becomes the prime minister to help his country in 1994 he opened
the first specialized Cancer Hospital in Pakistan around the same time he started
shedding his ladies-man image and re-engaged with religion he married his
first wife of three British heiress Jemima Goldsmith’s
who converted to Islam after they settled in Pakistan where he further
distanced himself from his life in the West in 1996 Khan created his own
political party the PTI he promised to build an Islamic welfare state that
would take care of the poor and hold the people in power accountable only few
people are held accountable the rest who unknown crooks get away with it come
back to fight another nation he had a strong anti-corruption message and
positioned himself as the alternative to Pakistan’s two political dynasties the
sherrif’s and the Bhutto’s who had been trading off power and corruption charges
for decades at first Khan’s party had little success failing to win a single
parliamentary seat in the 1997 elections but several years later in 2013 Khan’s
party won control of a northwestern province bordering Afghanistan his
anti-corruption agenda has started gaining ground especially among young
Pakistanis and it was working on a national level he went from being the
longshot to a strong political contender in the election for prime minister he
lost in a wash to wreath of the Sharif dynasty but was now a key political
player in Pakistan as a cricketer Imran Khan was a reliable
performer but as a politician he has taken some unexpected turns in 2013
Khan’s party called for a review of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law
which carries a death penalty for insulting Islam they said religion was
being misused to attain power in the majority Muslim country now five years
later Khan has been criticized for defending the same law earlier as part
of his anti-corruption stance Khan denounced opponents Sharif’s party but
later he recruited candidates from the same party to boost his own Khan has
also been criticized for his leniency with the Taliban in 2012 after 14 year
old Malala yousufzai was shot in Pakistan by the Taliban for championing
education for girls Khan showed support for the militant group at large calling
their fight a justified holy war. Khan blames the US for the rise of extremism in the region. He has long been a critic of US military intervention in Afghanistan
particularly the drone strikes along the Pakistan border this anti-american
sentiment resonated with large parts of the Pakistani population that see the
US as an enemy his own solution for the Taliban is
centered on peace talks a push that has earned him the nickname Taliban common
so you’re basically recommending a strategy of negotiation with the Taliban
and a complete elimination of the drones if I hear you properly it is the only
way believe me it is the only way what makes khan’s tolerance of the
Taliban interesting is that it seems to align with the interest of the Pakistani
military the military’s power can be traced back to 1947 when British India
was divided into two countries a Muslim majority Pakistan and Hindu majority
India as people migrated to the country of their religion intense violence broke
out the Pakistani military stepped in to settle conflict at the border becoming a
symbol of national identity and the establishment that held a new country
together since then the military has controlled all national security and
foreign policy matters one of their main concerns is the war in Afghanistan which
benefits them in two ways on one hand the US has paid the Pakistani military
billions in exchange for routes to the country to continue their fight with the
Taliban at the same time the military supports the Taliban because the
instability in Afghanistan keeps the country isolated from Pakistan’s rivals
especially India the military has also interfered with
the democratic process within Pakistan since independence it has either ruled
the country directly or controlled it indirectly Pakistan has had 22 prime
ministers and none of them has ever completed a full term
they either resigned they were terminated they finished a term they
didn’t start or they were assassinated there were also three successful
military coups because of Pakistan’s tense political past the election was
high stakes in the months leading up to the vote religious extremist groups try
to destabilize the electoral process by killing at least 200 people in a
string of attacks including a polling station bombing on Election Day that
killed 31 people just weeks before the 2018 election Khan’s opponent former
Prime Minister Sharif was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 10 years in
jail the military was accused of engineering Sharif’s downfall and
clearing the wafer Khan Khan went on to win against bilawal Bhutto and Shahbaz
Sharif the new candidates from Pakistan’s political dynasties his win
was followed by protests and accusations of election fraud which he said he would
investigate and on August 18th Imran Khan was sworn in as the Prime
Minister of Pakistan since the victory his corruption message has remained
front and center: But his anti-american stance seems to be
shifting: Whether leader will bring about the change he promised is still uncertain the only certainty is that his leadership will be
shaped by his relationship with Pakistan’s most powerful authority: the

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. ๐ŸŽง For more, listen to our episode of Today, Explained about Imran Khan's rise to power, which includes a deeper look at why democracy in Pakistan never seems to last long:

  2. the information is not correct at all. Either Vox has not researched the history of IMran KHan properly or it is trying to feed negative thoughts in public mind..

  3. Pakistan will never leave the shadow of India, this is something they canโ€™t accept. Even their major river, the Indus, reminds people of India.

  4. Don't trust Imran Khan . He is a dog who will never do something good for good Pakistani citizens but will always invest in making destructive weapons against India .

  5. USA in 2010 "Imran Khan is Taliban Khan"
    USA in 2019 "Lets get Taliban on table and start peace talking"
    Pakistan in 2030 "An example of a successful country which completely changed and recovered from all the impossible challenges, proving everyone wrong"

  6. The reasons behind all the issues inside a country and globally are due to a media like VOX.
    Shame on your facts and interpretation.

  7. Vox is fox. Why they interpret wrongly the statements of khan. & also they ( Vox ) show their black agenda to western people


  9. This is what khan was telling decades before that negotiation is the only way and now see what US is doing they are now actually negotiating with Taliban. Great leader Imran Khan

  10. Pakistan never funded the taliban where do you guys get these facts from tell your sources please dont spread misconceptions like all west media we are against any sort of terrorism go look up our millitary finished a operation killing more than the majority of the terrorist we actually fought a war which was not ours, yes the US did pay us but we sacraficed lives to help you our reltaions weakened with Russia because of this and now only they ae starting to improve because we a neutral country beacame the US ally and after the war The US left and the russians blamed us for losing the war we gave refuge to afghans because you said so and majority of them brought drugs increasing the rate of drugs being used and the same afghans ran anti pakistan campgains we gave refuge to them because of the war and the same afghans dont support us The US flew a Spy plane from peshawar and it got shot down in Russia and the blame also got on us and our relation with russia further deteriorated and now you say the money you payed us to fight the war we used to fund the taliban? Please stop this misconception we are good people and its a good country get your facts right you guys call this Professional Journalism

  11. All you that don't speak urdu and aren't form the region, I can tell you vox was not very honest in it's interpretation and message, vox seems to have it's own agenda with false claims.

  12. Typical… all western media and news channels show how the one and only great USofA (and its allies) are the super heroes and if anyone doesnโ€™t agree with them is a villain. Did not expected this kind of reporting form VOX.

  13. After new govermnt come out contary goig worst , people loosing there job , no Mony for food, indication is all time high 9% ,kids not going school .

  14. Earlier before 2005 Imran Khan told US and other countries that its better to go for the dialogues because you can never win wars against Taliban in Afghanistan. Today US realizes that thing and they are begging for the dialogues

  15. Vox you should hire some good researchers for your organisation. I am worried you are spreading a disinformation rather than truth. If you cannot find the right person, tell us we will help you.

  16. USAIID IS total 33 billion dollar
    Total loss of Pakistan economy is 120 billion dollars
    What else do you want from Pakistan

  17. usa now is conducting peace talks with taliban just like imran said the end result would be . vox is a liar and a hypocrisy like organization

  18. Pakistan was never been controlled by it's military because they are our guardians & they do what is right at the time for country & nation.

  19. Misstatement of facts at 5:30
    Miltary supported Taliban which were created by USA to fight against USSR. Pakistan was strong-armed by USA. There are proofs everywhere on the internet.

  20. When Imran Khan was Secular Liberal, Western Media gaved him popularity and respect, And when he started practicing Islam same media started critizing him.
    We Pakistanis Love our Military and ISI, And Imran khan is a nice leader.

  21. Wow, Western Media is so Anti-Pakistan Blasphemy Laws, but they never talked about Israel and their own Blasphemy Laws. It was British who invented Blasphemy Laws in India not us Pakistanis. We have did just some few changes in British Blasphemy Laws.

  22. pakistan was lead by corrupt leaders not army…. Pakistan army helped Pakistan when these men try to destroy Pakistan……. I am proud Pakistan because of imran khan

  23. INRAN KHAN … is just another muslim liar form pakiistan

    who wants money for war..

    because theu think they will rule the world.. its maybe time to put them and their thinking into place.

    Pakistan is a terrorist nation with voer 500 terror camps, its time to finish it off.

  24. Pakistan has long history of Millatory Dictatorship history with help of USA and all Democratic Governments were with American proxy dismissed.
    Americans are fooled by thier media and Pentagon.
    May humanity prevail over Hugomony

  25. Pakistan has long history of Millatory Dictatorship history with help of USA and all Democratic Governments were with American proxy dismissed.
    Americans are fooled by thier media and Pentagon.
    May humanity prevail over Hugomony.

  26. We love PakArmy,
    They are for our good,
    Civil and Military leadership are on same page and will make Pakistan a great country soon๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ.

  27. This just makes me miss Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ˜ญ 3 days back in England and I miss our political debates

  28. First of All do some homework before making a documentary…. Imran khan is better than Trump.. he's a visionary leader who's born after centuries…

  29. Now go and search in google 'Bhikari'(beggar) and see imran Khan image exclusively ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  30. The people who shot Malala were Fazlullah group of the so called "Pakistani Taliban" group which was completely different from the Afghan Taliban group that Imran Khan advocated a dialogue with. This is a huge oversight by VOX. Please correct it.

  31. Must try "How India's Chaiwala became Prime Minister"…..'cause the whole Universe is watching(including India's Chandrayan Moon Mission)

  32. Imran khan is a legend. Imran khan is a real leader real hero. Imran Khan is going his best for pakistan. Pakistan and America will finish successfull talk with talbans.pakistan and china will make CPAC. Pakistan and Russia will make a great army force. Imran Khan zindabad

  33. He need to destroy terrorism first from his country giving false promises wount work Imran Khan because pakisthan has become centre of terrorism

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