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Pakistan: A Personal History Hardcover – International Edition, October 17, 2011
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About the Author
IMRAN KHAN was born in 1952 and grew up playing cricket in Lahore, Pakistan. He played his first international match for this country in 1971. He has recently established his own political party, the Tehrik-e-Insaf, aiming to bring good governance and social justice to the people of Pakistan.
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In a country that has been plundered for sixty years by a small coterie of Westernizing elites -- whose ranks include malfeasant landlords, sirdars, waderas, seths, and generals -- all patriotic Pakistanis should greet the entry into the political contest of a man like Imran Khan - one who has shown his integrity, courage, sincerity, determination and most of all leadership in cricket, philanthropy and politics. Imran Khan entered politics with one simple but encompassing idea - justice for Pakistanis; he wants to build a Pakistan based on 'adl in all spheres of life. He wants to do justice to the ideals of Islam, to the dream of Pakistan's founders; he wants to empower the judiciary, to reform the police, to deliver services to the people. He wants to bring to justice Pakistan's mercenary elites who have sold the country's honor and sovereignty. Should Pakistanis fail to support this man, they will have missed an opportunity that comes only rarely. So, embrace the man, support him, work with him for Pakistan. This is your chance to save and build a Pakistan that can live up to the ideals of Iqbal and Jinnah.
Khan's personal spirtual journey, interestingly enough, runs the opposite course to that of the country, which is only five years older than himself. How his views change and mature, how is faith in institutions grows, is appears at times inversely proportional to how Pakistan's insitutions fail and the country's culture, product of an ancient civilization and a great religion, falls to materialism and pleasure seeking. As interesting and important as his views on Pakistani politics are, equally fascinating is his development as a person and his relationship to Pakistan, which is a country he not only grew up in but also grew up with.
The writing itself is frank and honest. I felt that the book started off in a slightly disorienting fashion but within about fifty pages or so, Khan had hit his stride and delivered a satisfying, easily accessible work.
Whatever you may think of Khan as a person or a politican, whether you agree with him or not, you should read this book and take this journey through Pakistan - both geographically and through time - with him as he is an interesting guide.
Imran spends a little too much time harping on his cricket credentials. I don't disagree with his points. I just don't want to read the same point repeated in a verbose manner. There are plenty of great details in the last few chapters on Pakistani politics. It is great to see Imran prosper as a politician. There are so few role models for young Pakistanis.
Unlike some other autobiographies this one certainly feels more authentic.
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I should like to meet Imran in person.