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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 14 August 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Who is Imran Khan?

Pakistan's newly elected leader is the focus of this week's episode

Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician, after he cast his vote in the general election last week. AFP 
Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician, after he cast his vote in the general election last week. AFP 

The new prime minister in Pakistan is not a new name in the country. Imran Khan has led the country to cricket glory and been a longtime politician and philanthropist. But last week he won a contentious election to become the country's new prime minister.

Now, as Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party attempts to build a coalition, we ask how this man-of-the-people will achieve his many promises, and if the country can finally find some political stability under his stead.

In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, host Naser Al Wasmi talks with Ben Farmer, who covered the election for The National, and ESPN Cricinfo's Osman Samiuddin, about how Khan's lofty status as a sportsman can equate to the political arena. Listen here:

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