The once celebrated cricketer, Imran Khan, remains most vividly in public memory as the captain who lead the Pakistan team to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Today, Imran Khan is the Prime Minister of Pakistan and chairman of the Tehreek-e-Insaf Party. The cricket legend has come a long way from sports to politics. Yet, throughout the 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 his resolve and a national achievement that he is proud to have spearheaded. It remains at the forefront of Imran’s ongoing philanthropic works.
“When I first started raising funds for the hospital in 1989, experts and critics were of the opinion that providing free treatment in a cancer hospital was not feasible in any part of the world. But [I believed that] in an Islamic country this does not hold true. Through the Islamic concept of Zakat, [we’ve shown how] indigent cancer patients can be supported.” -Imran Khan
From the get go, Imran Khan was personally involved in the global fundraising appeal for Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). He is just as involved today in ongoing appeals and awareness raising campaigns. Annually, SKMCH treats 75% of its cancer patients free of charge. Its staff and doctors do not discriminate between paying and non-paying patients. Some of Imran’s other social and charitable endeavours are Namal Knowledge City, a technical college in Minwali; and the Imran Khan Foundation.
Despite an initial reluctance, Imran Khan was propelled into politics out of a desire to tackle corruption in Pakistan. Faced with the conclusion that to change society for the better, he would have to become politically active, Imran established his own party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, meaning ‘Movement for Justice’. In his political capacity, Imran continues to defend social justice and equality, as well as the importance of preserving cultural values.Sponsor a Cancer Patient