Pakistan News: PM of Pakistan Imran Khan has been named Muslim “Man of the Year” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center of Jordan in its recent list of most persuasive Muslims in the world.
The PM was already all over the headlines with his UNGA 2019 speech followed by being listed in the sixth most popular global leader after gaining 10.5 million followers on Twitter.
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The winners were chosen by Professor S Abdallah Schleifer who is the professor of journalsm at the American University in Cairo.
“If The Muslim 500 was in print back in 1992 and I was the Chief Editor then, I would have nominated Imran Khan as our Muslim Man of the Year because of his brilliant performance in cricket, which culminated in Pakistan winning the 1992 Cricket World Cup — a sport I have always admired for its combination of elegance and intense competitive play.” – Professor S Abdallah Schleifer
He also told that Imran’s part in cricket was not the only reason for his win. Schleifer told that Imran’s successful campaign of making a hospital for the care of cancer patients and for the research of cancer.
“This was his magnificent response to the loss of his mother to cancer in 1985 and given Imran’s extraordinary popularity with Pakistanis both at home as well as among the large number of Pakistani expats – along with his own, no doubt, generous personal contribution — he raised sufficient funds so that by 1994, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital opened its doors in Lahore whereby 75 percent of its patients receive free-care,” he added.
However, the main reason behind this title was Imran’s desire to normalize relations with India. He wants peace with India despite a hostile neighborhood. He wants to settle the Kashmir Issue with India. His desire for peace with India made Schleifer give him the title.
“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”- Professor Schleifer