Muslim 500 released its 2020 publication which named Imran Khan ‘Man of the Year’. Accompanying the honor was a lengthy biography detailing his many contributions and accomplishments. The list starts with his storied career as Pakistan Cricket team’s captain leading them to a world cup win in 1992. The biography continues by praising his successful endeavor in the establishment of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in the following words, “I also was touched when Khan launched a successful fundraising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of victims of cancer as well as research.’’ The enterprise was named after his mother who lost her fight to cancer in 1985 and provides free quality care to over 75% of its patients.
Imran Khan on the cover of Muslim 500
Following such achievements, he sought to establish a political career focused on reform and accountability in a country plagued by corruption. According to the biography, his steadfastness was rewarded when after 22 years of establishing an opposition party he became the Prime Minister. Upon taking office, he made overtures to India towards creating a lasting peace and settling the Kashmir dispute which remained in his own words, “the foremost impediment to the normalization of relations between us.”
The editor noted, “This is Imran Khan’s great dilemma—how do you make a much desired lasting peace with a nation governed by those who have neither interest nor need to make a lasting peace with Pakistan, and against whom any form of war would be hopeless. The answer would seem that Imran Khan’s efforts must now focus on mobilizing global opinion, to turn a RSS-led India a global pariah. With his impressive column in the New York Times and the sudden burst of public activity by some of Imran Khan’s touring ministers and ambassadors in America, Europe and perhaps in Asia, that appears to be now underway.’’