Pakistani cricketing legend turned politician Imran Khan has been in London recently to launch his new book, Pakistan: A Personal History (Bantam, 2011). His political party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, is widely predicted to gain a number of seats in the 2013 elections, with his own personal poll ratings far ahead of any other political figure in Pakistan.
I saw him speak at the LSE last week where he set out his vision for Pakistan’s role in a region dominated by the rapid growth of China and India. He argued that it was imperative Pakistan pursue a diplomacy based approach to relations with India whilst re-defining ties with the United States to ensure Pakistani sovereignty was respected.
Whilst in London he also gave a fascinating interview to Stephen Sackur on HARDtalk which is well worth a watch.
If his political career turns out to be anywhere near as successful as his cricketing one, Imran’s opponents could find themselves stumped in 2013.