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Pakistan book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Born only five years after Pakistan was created in , Imran Khan has l. Pakistan: A Personal History [Imran Khan] on echecs16.info *FREE* shipping on "Pakistan" by Imran Khan is an incredibly timely book. It is more than a. This book, an intelligently written mix of Pakistan's history and his own autobiography, reflects on the challenges that Khan faced in cricket and.
Bantam Press. By his telling, even before he had put away the ball and bat, politicians clamoured like autograph-hunters to get his attention. Such was his celebrity, renowned integrity and skill as a leader that General Zia ul Haq, the long-serving military dictator, asked him to take a seat in his cabinet in Five years on a civilian prime minister repeated the offer. Then in Nawaz Sharif, a leading Punjabi politician poised to become prime minister, begged Mr Khan to take the number-two spot in his party, or at least to form an electoral alliance. Mr Khan rejected them all.
Apart from its campaign against corruption, the Tehreek-e-Insaaf has no policy for economic development. He portrays them as spoilt and callous: Like many others from my background I would complain about the state of the country but would not lift a finger to do anything about it.
We did not have to worry if the hospitals were going downhill because we could always afford to go abroad for treatment. And if there were power breakdowns, we could download generators. By , most of Pakistan would go without electricity for 12 hours a day.
Corruption makes life easier for the rich; they can download whatever help they want. Nawaz Sharif attracts the most opprobrium for his incompetence and corruption.
See also. His autobiography fills out this partial picture. The book takes the form of a spiritual journey. Western-educated at Aitchison College, the English-medium public school in Lahore, followed by the Royal Grammar School in Worcester and Keble College, Oxford, he confined religious practice to visits to the mosque.
Then came a stress fracture that put him out of cricket for more than two years and the death of his mother from cancer. These blows dented his feeling of self-sufficiency and led to the discovery of the richness of Islam. In this he was guided by the writings of Iqbal, the poet-philosopher who is honoured as the spiritual founder of Pakistan, and by Mian Bashir, a retired civil servant and devout Muslim.
His faith was also deepened through action — the immense task of raising money for a cancer hospital in honour of his mother. Then more money had to be found to offer free treatment to those who could not afford to pay.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 10, Aqsa marked it as to-read Shelves: Why didn't I see this before?!?!? View all 20 comments. Jun 18, Meezan Ali Mir rated it really liked it. After listening to Imran Khan talking about the same stuff over and over again in the Pakistani political TV talk shows and in his political rallies I suspected his book was going to be a drag. I must admit I was a little surprised to find this book somewhat inspirational. This is more like the biography of Pakistan than Imran Khan himself, narrating the events in Pakistan's history through his own perspective.
Being a cricket lover I bow down to Imran's stature as a cricketing legend and I dou After listening to Imran Khan talking about the same stuff over and over again in the Pakistani political TV talk shows and in his political rallies I suspected his book was going to be a drag. Being a cricket lover I bow down to Imran's stature as a cricketing legend and I doubt if anyone doesn't.
His insight and the stories of his illustrious career that included the remarkable victory in the world cup was like uncovering a long lost treasure you didn't even know existed.
His efforts for the cancer hospital and University made me admire the people of Pakistan more for their generosity and good faith. Throughout the book I really like his passionate, gritty, no-backing-down approach for what he truly believed in; whether it was cricket, his philanthropic efforts or his politics. It was in the latter half of the book that I lost him a little. I admire his love for Iqbal and modernizing the religion but I often find myself a little uncertain when religion and politics are mixed together.
All and all a good read. View 2 comments. Oct 18, dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: Until now. Khan to begin to make changes - born into wealth, educated in the UK, previously married to an heiress, status post a long career as perhaps the best cricket player ever - some tiny tad of immortality might be just what's needed to begin to rectify the decades of looting and plunder wreaked by the Bhuttos and Sharifs, and their huge cadre of sycophants.
Khan also walks the Islam line well - a true believer, he quotes from the Quran frequently, and has great respect for the poet leader the Jose Marti of Pakistan, Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
View all 9 comments. May 16, Jane Thomson rated it it was amazing.
This is an excellent book, I reckon this book must be read by every one in order to understand the difference between the poor state of large muslim population and the great religion islam as the two are often inerpreted the same. Further the writer great cricket legend gives a beautiful but motivational description about self esteem and the importance of leadership quality in one's life.
May 26, Salman Tariq rated it it was amazing. I am biased because of his struggle for Pakistan. So definitely a fiver Khan is an interesting persona of cricketing world.
He achieved what he dreamed of but Allah God humbled him with failures out of blue and crushed his ego. Almost uninterested in politics, he fell into it due to strong defiance of Government against shokat khanam hospital hospital bombed once by Govt.
Changing moment of his life was death of his mother, when he decided to make shaukat khanam cancer hospital. He won the world cup because he wanted to win it for the noble cause. Against all odds he founded SKMH. A long account of his struggles for hospital is worth reading. In between he marries Jemima , falling apart was hardest time of his life.
Khan has a spirtual mentor , mian bhakash from whom he seek guidance. He holds strong cultural values of pakhtun family systems. Best comes out the book when , his sound knowledge of foreign affairs gets hands on mushraf. Last chapter of the book is an eye opener for everyone. Tribal areas of Pakistan are permeable to Afghanistan they just don't respect border lines drawn there, they feel for afghani brothers.
Americans and establishment never understood it. They kept shedding blood either by so called operations or drone strikes.
Every drone strike hitting a civilian leaves an alienated family behind ready for revenge. Khan weights heavily of this mayhem caused by politicians and establishment.
Whenever Tribal leaders are killed , power vacuum created , to be filled by terrorist organisation. To end this enigma, khan has proposed a long solution to pakistani problems through Iqbal's and Islamic ideology. Writing style of khan simple , cultured and more polished than his political rivals. Dec 19, Parita rated it it was amazing. Being an Indian, my emotions for our neighbour were always mixed and confused. But this book has been an eye opener.
Never before have I been interested and absorbed in learning and understanding the politics, history and the future of a country that may have been pushed into the lime light suddenly for no good reason and no fault of its own. Khan indeed provides a real different view on the 'war on terror'.
His views on faith and beleif in Islam is enlightening and his journey inspiring. A defi Being an Indian, my emotions for our neighbour were always mixed and confused.
A definately recommended read when you are up for some serious non fictional read. View 1 comment. Apr 18, Rural Soul rated it it was amazing Shelves: My natural instincts never doubted the integrity and honesty of this man but this book gave me better and broad view of his beliefs and acts. Thus I respect him more than ever, courtesy "Pakistan; a personal history.
He tried to cover every subject whether it's clash of middle poor class and high westernized rich class, his internal fight vs agnosticism or atheism, his passio My natural instincts never doubted the integrity and honesty of this man but this book gave me better and broad view of his beliefs and acts.
He tried to cover every subject whether it's clash of middle poor class and high westernized rich class, his internal fight vs agnosticism or atheism, his passion for cricket, the history of democracy and dictatorship in Pakistan, educational system's flaws, difficulties for Shaukat Khanum and Nummal University, war on terrorism, his sacrifice of marriage for his passion for this country and so on. I think I will read it again for history of terrorism in Pakistan as I always had misconception that it has support from outside but it's partially true as majority of militants are, who are against state as their families are murdered in this war on terror.
Secondly for the educational flwas and "Black Gora Shahi". Oct 21, Wsm added it Shelves: Abandoned quickly as I have already listened to far too many speeches and interviews of Imran Khan on cable TV. Actually the book is 4. Imran is a wave of fresh air in the hot dismal political weather of Pakistan.