08IMGimran/ad/08th Dec 2001/ Imran Khan, Former Captian of the Pakistan Cricket Team talking to media persons at the press conference in Abu Dhabi about raising funds and the progress and Development of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Karachi. - GN picture by Ravindranath (Story by Aftab to News)

Pakistan cricket hero Imran Khan embarked upon a political career which may help him grab the top political job of prime minister or end his ambitions in dust, as it happens in many a Third World country where rival politicians are ruthless and unforgiving. Imran launched his ‘Tehreek-e-Insaf’ or Movement for Justice (MJ) in Lahore where he has the largest number of his cricket fans. It is also in Lahore that he has built a multi-million dollar cancer hospital. The Justice Movement, Imran told a press conference, aims to end “all kinds of exploitation and ensure a society based on honesty, merit and integrity. I believe our movement can bring about a change in the country by demanding justice, honesty, decency and self-respect. We feel our people’s vast potential needs to be released from the yoke of corruption and injustice.” It can eventually turn into a political party and fight the next elections to reform the society.

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