Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, founder and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek E Insaf and former cricket team captain. Mr. Khan won the cricket world cup for Pakistan in 1992. Born to a Pashtun family of Mianwali (Punjab) in Lahore and went to Aitchison (Lahore) and Oxford for education.

A year before his retirement from cricket, in 1991 he launched a fundraising campaign to build the world’s largest charity hospital. Every single person said to him that the plan is not feasible and will not see a successful culmination. One of his board of directors’ members said that the program might complete but it will not last for over a year.

In April 1996 he founded Pakistan’s centrist party PTI. Prior to that, Khan had served as UNICEF’s special representative for sports in the 90s for Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand. PTI was for the love of his people. Who, had always responded to his call for donations for a charity hospital on his mother’s name. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. The moniker was a way of expression of his mother’s love in his heart.

Khan collected 2.5 crore dollars for Cancer hospital. He builds Namal University in his family home town Mianwali.

Imran Khan Foundation is another charity organization that had immensely helped flood victims in 2008. His foundation handed over 10,000 houses to the flood victims. He also launched a campaign “Lighting Million Lives” to provide electricity to villages in Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan and Mianwali. The foundation will help to light up villages with solar solutions.

Khan has always been fond of the greatest Muslim poet of the 19th century Dr. Illama Mohammad Iqbal. He read him thoroughly. In his school days at Aitchison, he was very impressed by his poetry. Around 1995-1996 Khan meets a person in Gujar Khan. Prof. Ahmad Rafique Akhtar. Prof asks him about his political ideology. The talks span over timeless hours. Khan is advised by the Prof to count beads (rosary) regularly from now, throughout his entire life (make tasbeeh and Dua a habit and Allah should his top priority of intellectual curiosity).

This was the turning point in his life. Khan’s ambitions were bettered now. He directed all his attention towards paving the way for social justice. He sought and studied a workable model state. Eventually, he grew fonder of the model state of Medina. He studied the socio-political system of Medina and became an adamant admirer of it. The thing that interested him the most was Mawaakhat (fraternity) of Ansar (settlers) towards Muhajir (Muslim refugees from Makkah).

After making the government in 2018, Khan had a simple mission. To provide justice, eradicate injustice whether it be financial or legal. He vowed to minimalize social disparity. Directed his ministers to come up with a national level single syllabus countrywide. Merge all the social welfare departments like BISP and other of such sort.

During the 2013 election, The Guardian analyzed that the core supporters of PTI are middle class educated people.

Khan has been astonishingly incomprehensible for his Western friends. He married a British Jew Jemima Goldsmith. Grew up and studied in The UK. Led an opulent life. His family already belonged to the upper echelons of Pakistani society. He studied only at English medium schools. Yet, he talks of poor people. Advocates model State of Medina. Runs dozens of private charity organizations. No heir apparent to his party, and organizations. He starts his speech with Quranic verses. Carries a Tasbeeh in his hand. His ideals are Quaid and Iqbal. His attire is Shalwar Kameez and sometimes a vest (Pakistan style waistcoat is worn over Kameez) on. Wears Peshawari chappal whether he is in Arabian palaces, or with British royals, or in the White House, or in Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Khan is always Khan. Simple, elegant, loyal to his country, to his people. But, throughout his life. He learned everything in Europe. Cricket, education, lifestyle. He has many friends in the West. Super rich people. Everyone seems to be impressed by him. He is impressed by only Quaid and Iqbal. What an ironic clash.



IMRAN KHAN’S APPROACH TOWARD SOCIETY

We have tried to sneak into Khan’s early life and his evolutionary journey through education and cricket to philanthropy and politics.

Khan’s ideal society is the State of Medina. He sees poor Pakistanis, downtrodden, looted and deplorable. His affection for his people has been witnessed by every single person who knows Khan or has heard him.

The day Khan took oath as PM, he addressed his people and laid down his government policies. The main points were that he wants to learn from the experiences of China because his Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w) had advised the Muslim Ummah to learn even if you have to travel to China. He felt sorry for the condition of his nation. He said stunted ‘growth has kept us behind among the race of nations toward excellence’. He is soft-hearted and caring for his people. No one is perfect. Everyone has dark sides. But he is fortunate enough that he has been in limelight throughout his life. And, people who are a public figure, catch attention very soon even with their ordinary chores. So far, his image is positive in the eyes of his people and the international audience alike. Though, he has been viciously attacked with slander and defamation by his political opponents.


WHY EHSAAS PROGRAM?

In the launch ceremony of Ehsaas, Khan said that one cold night, he was watching TV with his wife Bushra Bibi. His wife asked him to take care of the poor who are sleeping on the streets hungry and cold. He immediately called CM Punjab Usman Buzdar. Directed him to erect shelter homes on temporary bases and try to build new homes for them as quickly as possible. Provide the sheltered people clean baths, clean beds, three meals a day. In the next few months the Panah-Gah was everywhere in KPK, Punjab, and Islamabad.

Khan proceeded further with the idea of welfare programs. Asked his assistant on IT, Tania Aidrus to digitalize Pakistan and create a national database. Tania did wonders, collected already available data and created a national database in Pakistan. She further assisted PM Khan with the layout map for further digitalization. This data was used by Dr. Sania Nishtar. She collected the data of BISP beneficiaries. Excluded from the list the people who had traveled abroad or had a car or were salaried persons. Ehsaas program has been commended by many international news media agencies.

RATION SCHEME ANALYSIS

Because of the availability of the data. Accurate estimation of government resources and capabilities. PM Khan announced to launch a Ration Card Scheme in Pakistan. In January 2020 PM visited a utility store in Islamabad. Announced that through this scheme, poor people will get 3,000 rupees of worth basic commodities. Any other regular customers will get a special subsidized discount on shopping up to 4,000 rupees.

He said past governments have not tried to curtail the sugar and wheat shortages. Their motives were not to put a check on corruption nor to overcome such vices.

This scheme is for the ones who earn less than 25,000 rupees a month. But how can the government determine who is earning less than that amount? Do not worry, it will take a few years. government is working on that.

Even though 3,000 is a small amount. But it can be a lifesaver for many families. There are many for whom the bread earning is very difficult.

Khan’s love for his people is obvious. His affection for Quaid and Iqbal is all apparent. Let us see if he succeeds in this endeavor of poverty alleviation.


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