Imran Khan is the Prime Minister of Pakistan. And yet, he still remains most vividly in public memory as the captain who lead 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.
Imran Khan’s Personal Life
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi was born on October 5th (1952). One of five siblings, he was the youngest and only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanum.
Shaukat Khanum was a woman who was proud of her heritage. She hailed from a family of proficient cricketers, and one ancestor was 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 the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is also the founding chairman of Imran Khan Cancer Appeal and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.
Imran Khan the Cricketer
Imran Khan’s career began in sports. To this day he still remains most vividly in public memory as a cricketer and the captain who lead the Pakistan team to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
There were many distinguished cricketers in Imran Khan’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 athletic success in 1992 by leading Pakistan to its first world cup title, defeating England in the final.
On November 10 1989, at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Imran Khan made his first fundraising appeal. 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 that 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.
Imran Khan the Philanthropist
Did you know that Imran Khan donated the entire sum of his prize money from his win at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, to build Shaukat Khanum Hospital?
‘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 percent of my subsequent earnings.’ -PM Imran Kahn (FT.com)
Decades before the Prime Minister of Pakistan 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 Shuakat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. Today, Imran Khan’s cancer hospital in Lahore is seeing its 25 Ramadan, and we’ve built another one in Peshawar.
‘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.’ -PM Imran Khan
From the get go, Imran Khan was personally involved in the global fundraising appeal for Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Today he is its Founding Chairman and still involved in ongoing appeals and awareness raising campaigns. Annually, Shaukat Khanum Hospital treats 75% of its cancer patients free of charge. Its staff and doctors do not discriminate between paying and non-paying patients.
Imran Khan the Politician
Imran Khan is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and 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 go into politics but concluded that to change society for the better, he would have to become politically active. Therefore Imran established his own party PTI or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf -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 Prime Minister of Pakistan on the 18th of August 2018 at the he Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad. For the latest news on Imran Khan’s PTI, as well as info on his political views, you can visit the PTI official website Here.
Join Imran Khan
Shaukat Khanum Hospital was built with the Zakat and Sadaqah Jariyah of Imran Khan and all the many donors who have supported us to this day. Together, in over two in a half decades, we’ve changed the face of cancer care in Pakistan. Today, we rely on your support more than ever, across two cancer hospital which treat thousands of needy patients each year. Find out more.Sponsor a Cancer Patient with your Zakat Give Sadaqah Jaariyah