Fighting corruption and protecting sovereignty are priorities for Imran Khan

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.

Imran Khan argues that "international aid is propping up Pakistan's corrupt political elite"

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.

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