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PM Khan named among the Time’s most influential people’ 2019


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Prime Minister Imran Khan has been named among the Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ list of 2019. The list has chosen the candidates under four categories: leaders, pioneers, artists, icons, and Titans.

Hailing the charismatic leadership skills of the Prime Minister Imran Khan, journalist Ahmed Rashid wrote, “Pakistan is at a critical crossroads, and the man in charge is the closest it has to a rock star. Imran Khan captained the team that won the 1992 Cricket World Cup, built a world-class cancer hospital in Lahore, then a top-notch university for kids who could never have dreamed of attending one. Twenty years ago, he entered politics—a dirty business in Pakistan at the best of times.”

“Driven by fierce ambition, he can be cold and calculating. But he still generates the broadest hope among young and old that he can turn Pakistan around, and help make South Asia an ocean of peace…,” the article further read.

Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan was arrested by Pakistan Armed Forces after Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force jets that were intercepted violating the aerial space of Pakistan.

The list, moreover, includes US President Donald Trump, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is also included in the list, who acclaimed unprecedented global respect for her handling of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

Egyptian Footballer Muhammad Salah, singer Arian Grande and Lady Gaga, actor Dwayne Johnson, USA’s former first lady Michelle Obama, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are named to be few who are also included in the list of ‘Most Influential People’. Earlier, in January PM Khan was named among Foreign Policy magazine’s 2019 list of Global Thinkers.

PM Khan, who assumed office in 2018, was hailed for his decision to release the captured Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, as a ‘peace gesture’ to neutralize the war-like situation between the two countries in February. Khan emerged globally as a protagonist of peace in South Asia, while he also garnered appreciation from various world leaders in this process.

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Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan was arrested by Pakistan Armed Forces after Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force jets that were intercepted violating the aerial space of Pakistan.