Prime Minister Imran Khan turns 68 today

By: News Desk      Published: 01:16 PM, 5 Oct, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan turns 68 today

Social media platforms were flooded with birthday wishes for Imran Khan as the Pakistani prime minister turned 68 on Monday.

The Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2018, was born on 5th of October 1952 to a well-off Pashtun family in Mianwali. Political leaders, celebrities, fans and PTI supports took to social networking platforms to wish the prime minister on his birthday.

Imran Khan received education from Aitchison College and the Cathedral School in Lahore and then got admission at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, before completing his education with an undergraduate degree in Economics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Imran Khan made his debut for Pakistan cricket team at the age of 18 during the 1971 English series at Birmingham. He left cricket at the pinnacle of his sports career after the 1992 World Cup. On April 25, 1996, Imran Khan formed his own political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 and serves as the party's national leader. By winning a seat in the National Assembly in 2002, he served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. PTI boycotted the 2008 general election and became the second-largest party by popular vote in the subsequent election.

In regional politics, PTI led a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2013, with Khan delegating this leadership to Mahmood Khan after being elected as Prime Minister in 2018.

As Prime Minister Khan addressed a balance of payments crisis with a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

He also presided over a shrinking current account deficit and limited military spending to curtail the fiscal deficit. Khan launched an anti-corruption campaign but was criticised by political opponents for alleged targeting.

In other domestic policy, Khan pushed for an increase in renewable energy production with an aim to make Pakistan mostly renewable by 2030.

He also initiated reforestation and expansion of national parks. He enacted a policy which increased tax collection and investment. Khan's government also instituted reforms to education and healthcare on a national and regional level respectively.

In foreign policy, he dealt with border skirmishes against India, supported the Afghan peace process, strengthened relations with China and the United States and improved Pakistan's reputation abroad.