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Sex symbol or humanitarian: Which face will Imran Khan wear as Pakistan PM?

Pakistani PM-elect’s public persona may decide his success

Post-March 25, 1992, when Pakistan won the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia, it was evident that while their captain, Mr Imran Khan, all-rounder, global sex symbol and budding humanitarian, was willing to grudgingly talk about cricket, he preferred to advocate the hospital in Lahore which he had founded in memory of his late mother.

The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre was the first such institution set up in Pakistan, surprising for a nation that has received billions of dollars in foreign aid. Mr Khan took the world stage in Pakistan's greatest sporting moment to expound on its capabilities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Which face will you wear, Mr Khan?'. Print Edition | Subscribe