February, 22, 2024
Imran Khan: Cricket Star to Political Trials

Imran Khan: Cricket Star to Political Trials

Infostani International: Once the establishment’s favored figure, former Prime Minister Imran Khan now finds himself on the sidelines. Rejected nomination papers for the 2024 elections and a party in disarray mark his fall from political prominence. From cricket star to political leader, this narrative delves into Imran’s journey, featuring rigging allegations, ousting, and legal troubles, revealing the twists that led to his current political predicament.

Rise and Fall of Imran Khan: From Cricket Glory to Political Turmoil

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan once hailed as the establishment’s favored figure, now finds himself sidelined as his nomination papers for the 2024 elections were rejected, and his party is in disarray.

Born in Lahore in 1952, Imran initially gained fame as a cricketer, leading the national side to its only ODI World Cup victory in 1992. After retiring, he founded the PTI in 1996, experiencing limited political success until 2011 when he garnered support from disillusioned youth facing corruption and unemployment issues.

After the 2013 elections, Imran alleged widespread rigging, leading to a prolonged sit-in in Islamabad, later halted after the Army Public School attack in Peshawar.

His popularity surged before the 2018 elections, earning him the moniker “prime minister in waiting.” After a controversial victory, he became the 22nd prime minister on August 18, 2018, forming a coalition government.

Facing challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, deficits, and conflicts with allies, Imran’s relations with the establishment soured. His ouster came on April 10, 2022, following a no-confidence vote.

Imran Khan: Cricket Star to Political Trials
Imran’s political ‘fault lines’

Challenges and Setbacks: Imran Khan’s Political Journey from Failed Maneuvers to Legal Battles

Imran’s attempts to force early elections failed, leading to frustration and accusations against the US and former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. In October 2022, a long march for “true freedom” turned violent, and an assassination attempt occurred in November.

Arrested on May 9, 2022, in the Al-Qadir Trust case, protests erupted. Imran was released on bail but arrested again on August 5 in the Toshakhana case, receiving a three-year sentence. He was disqualified by the Election Commission and stripped of party chairmanship.

Imran’s nomination papers for the 2024 elections were rejected due to his Toshakhana case conviction. Despite Lahore High Court appeals, he may approach the apex court.

Key Stances:
  • Imran aspires to transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state, modeling it on the Riyasat-i-Madina. During his tenure, PTI launched Ehsaas programs and expanded the Sehat Insaf Card scheme.
  • He criticizes Pakistan’s role in the US war on terror, opposing US bases in Pakistan for Afghan actions.
  • Imran planned to settle former TTP fighters in tribal areas.
  • Accused of sexist remarks and blaming rape victims, he linked increased rape cases to social media and vulgarity.
  • Imran initially blamed the US for conspiring against him, later retracting the claim.
  • He criticized the military and intelligence leadership for his ouster and an assassination attempt.
  • Overseas Pakistanis are termed the country’s “biggest assets,” with Imran advocating for their right to vote.
  • Promising “ruthless accountability,” the government’s accountability drive was criticized as a politically motivated witch-hunt by the opposition.