Imran Khan

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How did Imran Khan make his vision of a free cancer hospital a reality? Through the Grace of Allah (SWT) and the support of millions of people who pledged their Zakat and Sadaqah, year after year.

Your combined donations each year have allowed Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to treat poor cancer patients free of charge for over 27 years. Together, we’ve changed the face of cancer care in Pakistan.

Today, the battle to save lives continues. Please give generously to support poor cancer patients across Lahore and Peshawar.

Please help us bring free cancer care to the poor across Karachi. Find out more

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About Imran Khan

Imran Khan is the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. And yet, he remains most vividly in public memory as the captain who led the Pakistan team to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The cricket legend has come a long way from sports to philanthropy to politics. Throughout this extraordinary journey, his driving force has remained the same: a desire for social justice and equality.

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) was the first step and milestone. It became a testament to Imran’s resolve and a national achievement that he is proud to have spearheaded. It remains at the forefront of Imran Khan’s ongoing philanthropic works. Thanks to him, free cancer care for the poor of Pakistan became possible.

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IMRAN KHAN THE EARLY YEARS

Imran Khan MotherImran Ahmed Khan Niazi was born on October 5th, 1952. One of five siblings, he was the youngest and only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and Shaukat Khanum.

Shaukat Khanum was a woman who was proud of her heritage. She hailed from a family of proficient cricketers, and a Sufi Warrior Poet. Hers was a pride she instilled in her children, along with an iron resolve. In February 1985, after a long and agonising struggle, Shaukat Khanum’s family lost her to cancer. She was 63 years old.

Little did Imran know that the most painful event of his life would pave the way for a hospital that continues to provide hope for millions. Today, Imran Khan is a former Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is also the Founding Chairman of Imran Khan Cancer Appeal and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

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IMRAN KHAN THE CRICKETER

Imran Khan CricketImran Khan’s career began in sports.

There were many distinguished cricketers in Imran’s family; two of his cousins, Javed Burki and Majid Khan, served as captains of the Pakistan national team. Imran spent much of his youth playing cricket in Pakistan and England and continued to play while studying at the University of Oxford.

After graduating in 1976, Imran Khan became a cricketer full-time and took his permanent place on the Pakistan national team. He distinguished himself as an exceptional bowler and all-rounder throughout the 1980s and was named captain of the Pakistan national team in 1982. Imran went on to achieve his greatest sporting success in 1992 by leading Pakistan to its first world cup title, defeating England in the final.

On November 10th, 1989, at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Imran Khan made his first fundraising appeal for Shaukat Khanum Hospital. It came during a cricket match between India and Pakistan and helped get the ball rolling for a series of further fundraisers that went global. The idea of a hospital providing free cancer care was laughable to most, but Imran wasn’t discouraged.

Two years later, Pakistan’s World Cup win under his captaincy gave the appeal the boost it needed. The response was phenomenal and £1.5 million was collected in just six weeks. Imran Khan donated the entire sum of his own prize money to the project and continued to campaign until construction for the hospital was underway.

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IMRAN KHAN THE PHILANTHROPIST

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Did you know that Imran Khan donated the entire sum of his prize money from the 1992 Cricket World Cup win to build Shaukat Khanum Hospital?

Imran Khan: “My biggest prize money in cricket was winning the World Cup in 1992. The total amount was £90,000. I gave all of that to the hospital and 15-20 per cent of my subsequent earnings”. (FT.com)

Decades before Imran Khan went into politics, he won the heart and trust of the nation as a cricketer and philanthropist. He founded the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH). Today, Imran Khan’s cancer hospital in Lahore is seeing its 27th year and his second hospital in Peshawar is seeing its 7th.

From the start, Imran was personally involved in the global fundraising effort for the project. Today, he is its Founding Chairman and is still involved in ongoing appeals and awareness campaigns, ensuring 75% of patients receive quality cancer care, free of charge.

Some of Imran’s other social and charitable endeavours are the Imran Khan Foundation and Namal Institute (part of Namal Knowledge City), a technical college in Minwali.

For the latest developments at Imran Khan Cancer Appeal, visit our news section here.

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IMRAN KHAN THE POLITICIAN

Imran KhanImran Khan was the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is currently the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Imran Khan became a politician out of a desire to tackle corruption in Pakistan. He was reluctant to enter politics but concluded that to change society for the better, he would have to become politically active. In 1996, Imran established his own party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI, meaning ‘Movement for Justice’. As a politician, Imran continues to defend social justice and equality, as well as the importance of preserving cultural values.

Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the 18th of August 2018 at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad. For the latest news from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, visit PTI’s official Twitter account here.

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JOIN IMRAN KHAN

Shaukat Khanum Hospital was built with the Zakat and Sadaqah Jariyah of Imran Khan and thousands of dedicated donors who have supported him to this day. Together, over the last two and a half decades, we’ve changed the face of cancer care in Pakistan. Today, your continued support helps IKCA run two JCI accredited cancer hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar, treating thousands of needy patients each year.

And today, IKCA is building a third cancer hospital in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and the 12th largest globally. Find out more about how you can support Imran Khan’s new hospital, and why he is relying on your Sadaqah Jariyah to bring free cancer care to Karachi.

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