e have a great political leader in Pakistan who came into politics with the passion to change this country for good. That’s why his political slogan is “Tabdeeli.” He’s among the first-generation Pakistanis who were lucky enough to open their eyes in an independent country Pakistan. In his book A personal history, Khan explains how beautiful and corruption-free Pakistan used to be and how it’s slowly depleting with time. The reason is the corruption of the political parties, the rich overwhelming the poor with their burden, lack of education and a wrong representation of Muslims in the West.
As Khan started exploring Islam, he found it a peace-loving religion. But contrary to its message, Muslims are taken as terrorists in the West. He wrote this book to give people in the West a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. Apart from the explanation, Imran Khan also penned his journey from his childhood to establishing a top-notch cancer hospital in Pakistan in memory of his mother who died of cancer. When he shared his idea of building a free cancer hospital, people wouldn’t take him seriously but due to his cricket legacy, he was able to pull out donations for his hospital.
Khan also shared his cricket journey and his passion to win big for Pakistan. He discussed his world-cup victory and his dream career of playing cricket for the country. Later, he also discussed his marriage with Jemima Khan and shared regrets about marrying late after he was blessed with his first son Suleiman. Without going much into details, he also disclosed what made him call off his marriage with Jemima and how his ex-wife faced the political storm.
There are a total of 10 chapters in this book each describing his opinions and journey in detail. The book will also take you to Khan’s spiritual journey and the role of Mian Bashir in Khan’s life. He explained how his life changed when he started studying Islam and Quran. Apart from his personal journey, you’ll get to know a lot about Pakistan’s historical events such as Salman Taseer’s murder, the Raymond Davis case and Bin Laden’s death announcement. He continued sharing the events to show how injustice prevails in Pakistan.
There’s one complete chapter in which he has talked about Musharraf’s era and what went wrong during his period. Khan also shared Benazir’s journey, how she met Zardari, joined politics, left Pakistan and her unfortunate death. Her murder is still a mystery today.
Some pages are also full of critics of the opposition parties. Imran shared how corrupt our politicians are, especially Bhutto’s and Sharif’s families who are here to fill their pockets only and later buy lands outside Pakistan.
Overall the book is raw and heart-touching. You would be unable to put it down if you’re interested to know about Pakistan. But if you’re looking to know the cricket journey of Imran Khan in this book then it can disappoint you a bit.
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Khan admires Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his leadership qualities and aims to become a noble and wise leader like him. In the last chapter, Imran isn’t done praising Iqbal’s revolutionary poetry and leadership traits. He goes on to explain the poor education system in Pakistan and the need of training children for leadership and a visionary mindset.
Khan has unfolded a lot of things in this book including the corruption of his opposition parties PML (N) and PPP. He’s the only leader in Pakistan who has no family background in politics and has built everything from scratch. He knows all the areas where the country lacks and what needs to be done to make it strong.
Overall, the lesson from this book is that dream big and keep struggling to win your dreams, one day you’ll find your destination. Imran Khan is a living example of this. He not only won the world cup but also built Pakistan’s first cancer hospital. Also, he founded his political party in 1996 and now the whole nation knows about it. That’s the power of believing in yourself and your dreams. A good point to take on!
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