Namal College – Imran Khan’s Brainchild Launched in Mianwali

Posted on April 29, 2008
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Namal College - Imran KhanLast Sunday, Imran Khan delivered another promise when his brainchild Namal College in Mianwali was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. After Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Lahore, its yet another gift from the Great Khan for the people of Pakistan. Located alongside of famous Namal Lake, Namal College will have full support from University of Bradford UK which has also granted it Associate College status. Although Imran has been working on this project since 2002, strangely, it got very little media attention until the launching ceremony of first phase of project. The idea is to gradually develop Namal College into an Oxford like world-class research university and knowledge city where scholars can work and study in an Oxford-like academic environment.

Namal College Imran Khan

The most impressive part of this project is that majority of the students at the college/university will be on scholarships and come from areas where they would not have had the opportunities that the Namal College would offer. The Namal College will be of enormous benefit not only to the Mianwali district but also the whole of Pakistan. Over the long term, Namal College’s “Knowledge City” will act as a best practice model for other regions of Pakistan to extend its benefits nationally, like the Shaukat Khanum is doing today.

Namal Lake

Imran Khan started to work on the idea to build a university beside Namal Lake (above) during 2002 elections when he was running his campaign in Mianwali District. He observed one of the highest level of unemployment rate among the youth who were mostly unskilled. Everyone young person he came across during that time, told him that they can’t get any job because of lack of education and technical skills. That’s when Imran decided that he would build a world class educational and they don’t have any technical training college in one of the most backward areas like Mianwali. A place like Namal College where even the children of poorest people can get quality education, technical training and employable skills, so that they could earn a decent living. Last Sunday saw the first phase of his dream come true.

According to The News:

A large number of people gathered on Sunday for the inauguration of the college, including government ministers, educationists, and donors alongside the people of Mianwali, who have so generously donated the land on which the college has been built.

Working alongside Imran for the last two years has been the University of Bradford, one of the leading universities in the UK, especially in engineering and management courses. The university has been ranked No 1 for graduate employment in the north of England in The Times League tables for the last five years and has a history of developing and delivering high quality and demand-driven degree programmes as well as an excellent reputation for research.

In December 2005, Imran was appointed the university’s first international chancellor, succeeding four previous chancellors, the first of whom was Harold Wilson, Labour Prime Minister of Britain.

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The University of Bradford has granted ‘Associate College’ status to Namal College. Commenting on the importance of the partnership with the Namal College, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford Mark Cleary said, “The university does not award Associate College status lightly. In our 42-year history since we were granted our Royal Charter, we have given this status to only eight Associate Colleges in the United Kingdom and only three around the world. We were, however, inspired by the vision and values for Namal College, which we felt were very similar to our own and to the commitment for excellence, exemplified by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, also a partner of the university, which we know will be demonstrated here at Namal College too.”


The Bradford University will be involved in designing the courses and curriculum, in ensuring quality assurance mechanism and training and development for the faculty. Courses will be delivered in 4 phases. The Phase I will offer certificate courses, Phase II diploma courses, Phase III degree course and Phase IV research degrees.

The initial curriculum will be focused in the following areas: Construction (masons, carpenters, electricians), automotive engineering, electrical engineering with emphasis on appliances repairs; agricultural equipment engineering, development and maintenance, and cement industry work.

Let us hope and pray that this project fulfills its objectives of providing the best quality educational, research and technical training opportunities to the poorest and most neglected segments of our society. Anyone interested in knowing more, how can s/he help and donate, please visit official website of Namal College or goto Tehreek-i-Insaf website. More information on Namal College can be found here, here and here.

Note: Most of the photographs have been provided by Ahsan Mansoor of PTI, Lahore. Click on the links for rest which will take you to original photographer’s website.

108 Comments on “Namal College – Imran Khan’s Brainchild Launched in Mianwali”

  1. April 29th, 2008 8:35 am

    Bravo Imran!

  2. Naseer says:
    April 29th, 2008 9:13 am

    Actions speak louder than words.
    Well done Imran Khan.

  3. Ahsan says:
    April 29th, 2008 9:20 am

    And he is still sitting outside parliament!May Allah give us all insight to understand things clearly.

  4. April 29th, 2008 9:56 am

    People like Imran should stay out of dirty politics of Pakistan. He can still do a lot for Pakistanis. My all prayers are with him.

  5. Daktar says:
    April 29th, 2008 9:59 am

    Bravo. People like Imran Khan, Syed Babar Ali, Aga Khan and others who have actually set up institutions deserve our appreciation and I hope we will all follow in their footsteps even if by small steps of helping institutions serving others (for example DIL, HDF, TCF, etc.).

    Imran had made more of a difference with this college and his hospital than with all of his cricket or if he had become a successful politician.

  6. Saeed Ahmed says:
    April 29th, 2008 11:24 am

    Long live Imran, may Allah reward you for the good you are bringing to Pakistan.

  7. Eidee Man says:
    April 29th, 2008 11:40 am

    Excellent work. The HEC and the government needs to take lessons from this project. Rather than trying to go all out and embarking on an impossible project, this college is working on a specific problem and is addressing a specific need.

    I was very happy to see that they invited Gilani to the opening ceremony; this is a good move by Imran after making the mistake of not running in the last election.

  8. April 29th, 2008 11:48 am

    Site does not contain any info about admission :(

  9. jk says:
    April 29th, 2008 4:31 pm

    This is the BEST news that I’ve heard coming from Pakistan in many many years. Thank you Imran Khan for being the catalyst that has made this possible!

    Imran Khan gets things done! He has proven him self again and again. He’s a real Pakistani Hero!

  10. Dr. Baseer says:
    April 29th, 2008 5:08 pm

    We need people who understand the problem of our land and have the capability to solve them. I think Imran khan is one of those people (or may be the only one I know). Government is busy making so many universities which are delivering BA, BSc degrees. Most of them are not as useful in real life as a techincal college could be. I think it is important to establish new universities but it is more important to build technical schools and colleges where younger generation can learn useful skills. As a very small percentage goes for higher education. We should be spending money on higher education but should spend much more on community colleges.
    Imran khan is truly great and we should treat him like a hero regardless of our political affiliations.

  11. April 29th, 2008 5:28 pm

    I totally agree with Dr. Baseer. We must learn to respect our heroes and support them. I wish MQM in Karachi realizes this and stop putting hurdles in Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Karachi. They have really done everything to stop that project just because Altaf Hussain (aka drama king) doesn’t like Imran Khan. Shameful really.

    Good Luck Imran Khan and please do something for Balochistan and NWFP too.

  12. faiq says:
    April 29th, 2008 6:06 pm

    great work by Great imran khan..he is too good for unfortunate pakistan.
    God bless him

  13. Javed Bari says:
    April 29th, 2008 7:36 pm

    I salute Imran Khan one more time.

    He has done what no one has ever been able to achieve.

    He is the only patriotic leader that we could get after the loss of Liaquat Ali Khan.

    Long live Pakistan. Long live Imran Khan.

  14. sidhas2000 says:
    April 29th, 2008 8:38 pm

    Imran is amazing.

  15. HUMAIRA says:
    April 29th, 2008 9:21 pm

    I think there are some very good initiatives happening in Pakistan on higher education includuing from LUMS, AKU and some HEC…

    Imran Khan is again leading the way

  16. zakoota says:
    April 29th, 2008 10:57 pm

    Another great work by great Khan!

    I wish him to be the leader of Pakistan Inshallah!

  17. April 29th, 2008 11:14 pm

    best of luck for nomal college

    nargis khan
    former captain pakistanwomen hockey team
    vice president pakistan -tehreek-e-insaf

  18. Mir Tabassum Mairaj says:
    April 29th, 2008 11:36 pm

    Feel happy about this achievement of Imran Khan. He may take part in politics but in my opinion if he gives more of his time and resources to health and education sector he would be more beneficial to Pakistan.

  19. uzma says:
    April 30th, 2008 12:30 am

    gr8 work, i salute u sir…

  20. faisal says:
    April 30th, 2008 1:51 am

    Great work Imran. I just hope the admissions are not subjected to quota system.

  21. Zafar says:
    April 30th, 2008 2:46 am

    Bravo Imran, he is a lot more Pakistani than many of us, he delivers and fulfill his commitments, he should be part of our parliment. He stayed out of elections whatever the reasons may be but he acted on his judgement and he did what he thought was right thing to do. He is a genuine person and I wish he gets the chance in the near future to be on the helm of affairs of this country. I am sure he will deliver if given the chance.

    I dont agree to anyone who suggest that he should stay out of our dirty politics, we need people like him to be part of our political system and may be may be they will clean this dirty pond by being part of it.

  22. Ahmad Ansari says:
    April 30th, 2008 4:24 am

    Khan Saheb is absolutely brilliant in doing fallahi work. He should stick to this and not involve himself in politics.
    He should also realize that by involving himself in educating the youth of this country, he is doing a much greater service to this nation than by addressing the students on sensitive issues; and getting roughed up in the bargain.

  23. Zaheerpkima@yahoo says:
    April 30th, 2008 5:12 am

    outstanding performance of our great leader IMRAN KHAN.

  24. Syed Nishat Ahmed says:
    April 30th, 2008 7:13 am

    Great, this is why we like Imran Khan. Atleast he thought that without educating nation, he cannot succeed.

    Great work keep it up.

    In Karachi, we are trapped with MQM, who are not deliverying any thing except for taking money to England for Their Great Bhai.


  25. Nabeel says:
    April 30th, 2008 8:20 am

    I have covered this here in Urdu.

  26. Eidee Man says:
    April 30th, 2008 9:22 am

    “He should also realize that by involving himself in educating the youth of this country, he is doing a much greater service to this nation than by addressing the students on sensitive issues; and getting roughed up in the bargain.”

    WRONG! On the contrary, people like that should be encouraged to come into politics.

  27. lida says:
    April 30th, 2008 11:38 am

    A true leader!!!. Imran Leads by actions not mere words.

    The politicianss who criticize him by saying he has not political experience should be ashamed of themselves.
    Imran is a true Pakistani and a Muhib-e-watan.

  28. veteran says:
    April 30th, 2008 3:08 pm

    Imran Khan is a real hero for all of us. He has always led by actions. I fail to understand why Pakistan does not recognize him for the great person he is. He should, unlike the buffoons who are at the top, be the premier of this country. A great person, who can recognize the needs of the people. Imran Khan works from his heart, and that is the sort of person we need. I wish he had stood in the election. So many people would have voted for him. May he have a long life with many successes ahead, InshAllah.

  29. Riaz Haq says:
    April 30th, 2008 9:31 pm

    Imran Khan is leading by example, an example that should be emulated by other Pakistani celebrities and politicians if they really mean what they say about their love for Pakistan and Pakistanis. Clearly, Pakistan can use a lot more hospitals and schools, particularly schools at the primary level that offer free basic education and free food to try and increase enrollment of Pakistan’s children in the villages. This will create hope for a literate Pakistan in the next generation. Human development for the poor and the dis-enfranchised is the crying need of the hour.

  30. Muhammad Zaman says:
    May 1st, 2008 7:33 am

    Imran Khan is the only politician in Pakistan who delivers his promises. It is unfortunate that Pakistan’s destiny is in the hands of people like Zardaris and Sharifs and not able people like Khan.

    I also agree with previous comment made regarding hurdles created by MQM against SKMT project in Karachi. MQM should have mercy on Karachi and let that project complete.

  31. Babar says:
    May 1st, 2008 10:38 pm

    Imran Khan has done a great job with Shaukat Khanum and now with Namal College. Hopefully Namal College will be sustained in a suitable way as maintenance is a key issue in Pakistan.

    Although he had done well in providing Pakistanis with these two landmark projects, I do not have faith in his political abilities. He does not have the tactical nous and the acumen to be the leader of Pakistan. From what I am seeing, he follows a confrontational approach and fails to look towards reconciliation. Moreover, he does not have concrete plans for development of Pakistan. His party is a one-man show and he is more of a divisive figure than a unifying one.

    Despite his shortcomings, I think he has done a good job to promote healthcare and education in Pakistan.

  32. Zeenat says:
    May 2nd, 2008 8:44 am

    I strongly disagree with Mr. Babar. That’s exactly what most people told Imran Khan when he was building SKMT. Its not cricket and Imran doesn’t have any knowledge or experience in health sector or managing charity hospitals so it won’t work etc etc and there he is. Not only he has done it but SKMT is one of the most successful charitable hospitals in the world.

    Same things have been said in case of Namal College too but there it is, inaugurated and functioning. Give him a chance to prove himself in politics, he will succeed there too.

    Imran Khan will definitely do million times better job than Zardaris, Sharrifs and Mushs (who is jus being disgusting for not having mercy on Pakistan after literally destroying it in 8 years)

  33. May 2nd, 2008 10:29 am

    I’ve always admired Imran’s guts. He delivers whatever he promises. The two lowest priority sectors of all the governments in Pakistan meaning health and education are taken up by him and rightly so as the main factors behind progress of any nation.

    People rule him out in politics because he is honest and straight forward and such qualities are not liked by the powers that be. He has proved his abilities as a cricketer and as a social worker, give him a chance in the ruling elite to prove his political will there too. Without sending him up in the government any criticism of him is unfair.

  34. naveed khattak says:
    May 2nd, 2008 1:36 pm

    salamoona to IMRAN KHAN THE GREAT what else a man can do worldcup,cancer hospital,namal college,another cancer hospital in karachi goin on,a great ghairat ka symbol for the power hunger dogs i will request IMRAN KHAN THAT DONT COMPARE UR SELF WITH ZARDARI APP KA DARJA ZARDARI CHOR SE KAHI ZIYADA BULAND HAI AND I REQUEST U THAT IN THE NEX ELECTIONS APP PAKISTAN KE HAR KONEY SE CANDIATES KHARE KAREN AND GIVE TOUGH TIME TO ALL THESE CHOR PARTIES

  35. madeeha says:
    May 2nd, 2008 4:48 pm


    hats of to imran khan….hes the finnest person of our country.
    but i have one question why dont he just comes in election ..we are here to elect him as leader of our nation.
    our country have been ruined by the same old people who came again on the stage of leadership.

  36. Ali says:
    May 2nd, 2008 9:14 pm

    He is My Leader :). I see him as a leader not a politition. Inshallah he will come into power by people of pakistan not with any NRO or collaboration with establishment. Not now but comming future….

  37. Faraaz says:
    May 3rd, 2008 2:40 am

    Thats my hero…

  38. Anas says:
    May 3rd, 2008 2:17 pm

    thanks for telling uss about great achievment by a Pakistani for Pakistan. keep on telling every one about these sort of news these things really incourages youth like us to do some thing for Pakistan. keep this news in spot light it deserve that.

  39. Babar says:
    May 3rd, 2008 8:53 pm

    I would respectfully disagree. I think our disagreement is with Imran Khan’s political abilities and not with his philanthropic abilities. The abilities required to fundraise for a hospital and to oversee its construction are very different from the tremendous task of governing the entire country. If Imran were to oversee the construction of 50 more hospitals, I would still not think that he has the ability to lead the country. Hopefully Namal College will turn out to be an extremely successful venture.

    Coming to the questions of “the alternative”, a stronger argument for Imran Khan may be made since the other realistic options are so weak at the moment. On the one hand we have a man nicknamed Mr. 10 Percent and on the other we have one whose confrontational approach does not seem to have changed from his years in exile.

    I would like to see people make an argument for Imran Khan based on solid reasoning. If he has brought a hospital and a college into being, this does not necessarily imply that he will be able to manage the economy, handle the security issues, and deal with foreign policy. With his confrontational approach gathering some adherents, a similar approach is not politically advisable as it will not allow his party to gain the backing needed to win an election.

  40. Deeda-i-Beena says:
    May 4th, 2008 7:42 am

    INDEED it is a great example of giving back to the society and the country that has given us so much.

    INDEED it must be a lesson for those who were ZEROS some fifty years ago and thanks to Pakistan are rolling in wealth today. They still have time and plenty of opportunities to give back and do something.
    If they don’t give back, it will be to their own peril.

    Remember: Diseses and the consequences of ignorance in a society can not be stopped by the high walls of the mighty.

  41. Saira K says:
    May 4th, 2008 9:10 am

    It is unfortunate that honest people like Imran Khan ave not been successful in Pakistani politics o far. Hopefully he will be in next elections. Otherwise, there will always be Busharafs and Zaradari and Shariffs and MQMs acting on American commands and who do not have moral courage to take tough decision according to wishes of people. They cannot even resolve judiciary issue and looking for lame excuses.

    We have not given Imran Khan enough credit for the great work he has done and yet he keep o delivering goods. I hope he does more in education sector because this is where much more is needed.

    As for earlier comment by Zeenat. I completely agree with her and totally disagree with Mr. Babar and his negative views. How many times we heard the similar lame argument from many people when he was building his hospital or this university and he proved everyone wrong. Let him come to power first and then judge if he succeeded as politician and leader or not.

  42. Babar says:
    May 4th, 2008 6:54 pm

    Saira K,
    We cannot “let him come to power first and then judge if he succeeded as politician” because that is not practical. I’m sure that this argument can be made for any other politician. Yes, Imran Khan does seem to have something in his heart for the people Pakistan – but so do many others. This does not automatically qualify him to be the leader of Pakistan.

    I would ask everyone, why do you think Imran Khan would do such an amazing job? The majority are answering this question by saying that he has brought a quality hospital and college into existence but I do not consider that to be a suitable argument as I said in a previous post.

    Imran Khan’s confrontational, maximalist approach combined with his appeal (cricket, philanthropy, good looks) has brought him some supporters. In an age when politicians are required to be clever, accomodating, and compromising, Imran Khan cannot do our country any justice.

  43. Adil Mulki says:
    May 5th, 2008 7:11 am

    FACTS: In a country where funds for hospitals are usurped, counterfeit medicines are supplied in hospitals and buildings of education institutions are converted into warehouses and even stables!, Mr. Khan has delivered what he wasn’t even legally obliged to. Further, he is the International Chancellor of a reputed university from Britain, that too in an environment where a substantial number of our politicians struggle to present a graduate degree. (not that I’m in favor of the requirement).

  44. May 6th, 2008 8:56 am

    brilliant effort by khan, he is king khan of Pakistan …

  45. May 7th, 2008 3:17 am

    this is an good project for mianwali n lower wasaib… me from balochistan i.t univ quetta.
    best wishes for ur work,

  46. Niaz says:
    May 7th, 2008 7:49 am

    I totally agree with Mr Babar and respectfully disagree with Ms Zeenat and Saira. Both respected ladies seem to be too inspired by Mr Khan. In fact we all must be; as he has been our national hero! And for more he at least highlights and makes masses aware of what others may dare not!

    Given all accounts it definitely does not make anyone qualify to head the country , if it so then lets invite Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi to come and lead us cause he does the most for pakistani people in this respect.

    Be clear my freinds, LEADERS are born NOT repeat NOT made. He may be a good and true politician for becoming a LEADER it is not enough, it requires as Mr Babar has defined.

  47. Asim Raja says:
    May 7th, 2008 5:20 pm

    I believe Eidhi was in politics and even contested elections from Sindh?

    I like Imran Khan as a leader. He is honest and got great leadership skills. Who else have always led from front than Khan? You just wait and see how he succeeds in politics too and prove everyone wrong. I am voting for him next time.

  48. Niaz says:
    May 9th, 2008 12:41 am

    Dear Asim

    It is your own opinion and I respect it but still I beleive Mr Khan does not fall in Leaders’ line like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and MA Jinnah. There is a sea-difference between leading a cricket team and leading a nation. I have also been leading my cricket team for long time and won many crucial matches but that does not mean I can lead every where!

    Giving vote is your prerogative and if your conscience nods you so then there is nothing like it!

    I had no idea that Mr Edhi has ever contested election. Thank you for the knowledge!


  49. saif ullah malik says:
    May 9th, 2008 9:38 am

    salamoona to IMRAN KHAN THE GREAT what else a man can do worldcup,cancer hospital,namal college,another cancer hospital in karachi goin on,a great ghairat ka symbol for the power hunger dogs i will request IMRAN KHAN THAT DONT COMPARE UR SELF WITH ZARDARI APP KA DARJA ZARDARI CHOR SE KAHI ZIYADA BULAND HAI AND I REQUEST U THAT IN THE NEX ELECTIONS APP PAKISTAN KE HAR KONEY SE CANDIATES KHARE KAREN AND GIVE TOUGH TIME TO ALL THESE CHOR PARTIES

  50. saif ullah malik Mianwali Wan Bhachran says:
    May 9th, 2008 9:44 am

    I think there are some very good initiatives happening in Pakistan on higher education includuing from LUMS, AKU and some HEC

    May 9th, 2008 11:47 am


  52. Khalid Qadeer Mian Lahore says:
    May 11th, 2008 10:59 am

    Well Done “Khan Sahib”. Atleast some one is doing some reforms at a personal level. May Allah gives you more strength to keep it up.

  53. Adnan Gill says:
    May 11th, 2008 3:43 pm

    Yet Imran is wllinized by many!

  54. Sehar Mirza says:
    May 17th, 2008 10:31 am

    People like Imran Khan should be sitting on high position if Pakistan is move forward and become a developed country.

    I can\’t believe a man with such a loose character like Salman Taseer is governor of Punjab. A real shame in my view. He is still director of many companies and hasn\’t even bothered to resign after becoming governor. Shouldn\’t there be some checks on people to keep stop them from benefiting themselves using their positions? Oh no wait, we live in a lawless country. A country of Zardaris, Sherrifs, Musharafs and their sons and their sons. What more we can expect?

  55. Amjad Hussain says:
    May 17th, 2008 10:38 am

    Salman taseer is a really bad choice for governor. He was minister for industry and commerce and care-taker setup and everyone knows how he took advantage of his minister-ship. It reminds me of the days another very loose character governor we had in past, again from PPP, Mustafa Khar.

    Hanif Ramay someone like Javed Jabbar or even Aitezaz Ahsen would have been great choice.

  56. haji bahader says:
    May 19th, 2008 2:27 am

    it’s a great achievement for the people of mianwali

  57. haji bahader says:
    May 19th, 2008 2:36 am

    Khan, with the cooperation of other well knowned personalities of the area, should try to upgrade the college to the university level and there should be more advancements like namal college. May God bless especially such noble persons.

  58. Tahseen Alam Khan says:
    May 20th, 2008 7:04 am

    Weldone Mr. Khan you can do it and deliver it. May Allah Be with you for your all future endavours Amin.

  59. May 23rd, 2008 6:35 am

    I want to read in your college. plz admmision me plz sir

  60. tariq ahmad khan says:
    May 24th, 2008 12:24 am

    v love u great khan

  61. mir says:
    May 24th, 2008 2:00 am

    great KHAN done it again, May Allah give you more strength,

  62. Bashir says:
    May 26th, 2008 6:48 am

    The two countries are very different, two kind of individuals (Imran khan and tendulkar etc) are very different, but the root of the comment is that the two belong to a different religion and different country. There are many many examples in India also, but you need an eye to see.
    There were some people in our country who changed their belief due to pressure by the then rulers. The horror of that pressure is so deep rooted in these weak hearted people that they still tend to have very very conditioned view and likings and dislikings and hence you would like a third world ill managed country like Pakistan and its people unlike that of India

  63. Hassan says:
    June 30th, 2008 9:16 am

    refer to some pics of the college at

  64. Demir says:
    September 2nd, 2008 8:42 am

    Bravo Mr. Khan. It takes a man to be Imran Khan.Pakitanis are lucky to have you and very onfortunate sametime .A person like you should be ruling the country instead of those ignorants
    and greedy people.

  65. Babar Khan says:
    September 18th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Its a big event specifically for one of the poorest districts of Pakistan and generally for the whole Nation. Imran has followed the foot marks left by our forefathers in the arena of public service. According to historians, under Mogul rule India had more than 30% of all it’s urban and rural properties owned and operated by ‘Waqfs’ and manifested themselves as hospitals, schools, hotels, mosques…built bridges,water reservoirs etc. World has seldom seen such level of charitable institutions blossoming in a society. We had forgotten our glorious past. Khan is trying to redeem that lost tradition. All the power to him!!!

  66. Taimoor Abbasi says:
    October 6th, 2008 3:01 pm

    Its a great job done by Imran Khan, he is setting high standards for his opponents, he really want to change the fate to ummah dont loose this lad, support him by donation, now real Pakistani will come forward becasue they will get quality education

  67. Dr. Javed Iqbal Saggu says:
    November 7th, 2008 7:33 am

    Mr. Imran Khan is that person who always want to see Pakistan as prosperous and bright country in the world. He has a very wide vision in our present leadership. He is straight forward and true one . He has done a lot for Pakistan ( such as world cup, Cancer Hospital, now this international level college). Thanks Imran and hope one day Pakistani nation will reward your these excellent activities and offer you their leadership for Pakistan. Best wishes and good luck. Dr. Javed Saggu (Physics)

  68. Ayesha says:
    November 21st, 2008 12:57 pm

    I’ve come across this post a bit late and in a search for something else, stumbled upon it. Reading the comments, I agree that it is a big achievement on the part of IK to deliver this, but in terms of him being a viable alternative, I would have to agree with the prescient analysis of Babar and Niaz earlier.

    IK has to his credit the victory of the Pak Cricket Team, SKMT, and now Namal College, but his political decisions (in the five years he has spent in Parliament) were often faulty.

    He voted for Fazlur Rehman as PM in 2002. He opposed the Women Protection Bill, to name a couple. In addition, he cannot be an alternative to Nawaz Sharif or some other political big wig because he has failed to build a team. Until he has the requisite numbers in Parliament, under a parliamentary system, he is not a viable candidate for PM so until he is able to do that (and he has not been able to in 12 years–a really long time in politics).

    I also agree with Babar about him being a divisive figure who always has a maximalist position. His strengths clearly lie elsewhere and he may be best for Pakistan if he focuses exclusively in that area, much as Abdus Sattar Edhi or other philanthropists in Pakistan have done.

    I just don’t see PTI becoming a major player politically–even if they win 10 seats in the provincial assembly and five in the NA (a very big stretch–but let’s just say for argument’s sake)–it will still be a very minor player–smaller than not just PPP and PML-N, but also ANP, MQM, etc.

    I think PTI runs more like a fan club than a political party–it does not have any big names (and I don’t necessarily mean old politicians but noteworthy scientists, lawyers, doctors–anybody with name recognition)–which would be essential for a viable party. IK is all in all–and great as he may be, that is just not how you become a big political player in a democracy–you need massive support from others who are politically active–this is the case not just in Pakistan but elsewhere too.

    Obama would never have gotten where he is without the support of other key big political players–like John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, etc. IK has just not cultivated that–which is why I say he is running PTI more like a fan club than a political party.

  69. Darwaish says:
    November 21st, 2008 2:38 pm

    Ayesha wrote:
    I think PTI runs more like a fan club than a political party

  70. Ayesha says:
    November 22nd, 2008 3:42 pm


    If we premise it on IF he gets a chance, then we can say the same for many professionals in Pakistan who have distinguished themselves–IF they get the chance, they may deliver. The trouble is that the chance needs to be created, it is not given out on a platter to people–that’s politics for you–in any country.

    To say that he will be better than Zardari, NS, the military is all well and good–so would many others–but are they viable candidates–it is the viability that I was questioning.

    The viability is created by becoming a political player. I also don’t agree that the main reason for this is that “considering the political setup we have, it is impossible for anyone else with moral principles and values to achieve anything significant even if they have people

  71. Darwaish says:
    November 23rd, 2008 6:28 am

    Oh well, chances are not always created in our kind of politics sometimes they come in our way. Now if we take them or not, that’s a different story. Take IK for example. In 1997′s elections in which NS got that heavy mandate, he offered IK between 50-80 seats which IK refused. Whether he over-estimated his popularity or it was really a matter of principles for him as he claims, that’s up to people to decide. That was a massive chance which he didn’t create (by any definition of what you call creating chances in politics) but it just came his way. Second time around it was Musharaf who made him a great offer to become a major political player but again he didn’t take it. Now it was his bad luck, stupidity, error of judgement or a right decision that remains to be seen. I am sure both NS and Musharaf must have seen something in IK to make such offers? That’s what I mean when I say IF he gets a chance and I seriously think he will get one more chance. Reminds me of late 60s when some chances came ZA Bhutto’s way (coz of fate and Ayub Khan’s failures) and he grabbed them with both hands.

    IK (or someone like him) cannot have any major success in current political setup because I don’t believe he has that grass root level party structure in place (despite being widely popular in my view) which is essential to succeed in our setup and which other political players enjoy. This is not the case in many other countries in the world where one man’s popularity and ability can make a huge difference (US and France for example). See that’s difference between a good candidate and a candidate who can win you seats. IK has proved in recent years that he can win too. I haven’t voted for IK myself since 1997 because I don’t think his party can win more than 2 seats in the system we have but I think he will be a force in next elections (my personal opinion). But all these arguments don’t make NS or Zardari viable candidates and IK not so viable (in principle). If we go by your viability theory then IK should have taken the offers made by NS and Musharraf (big names that you mention would have followed automatically) but in that case he would have become part of what wants to change. So its probably not about IK’s viability but more to do with the setup/system in place.

    I also disagree with your Aitzaz Ahsen point (though I like him). I don’t think it was mainly Aitzaz Ahsen, his team or the principles they stood for that got CJ reinstated. They were important but in my view the support of political parties (PPP/PML-N…and obviously they were doing it in their political interest and not for some principles) and media were the main factors behind the initial success of lawyers movement which led to CJ to reinstatement. Most people across Pakistan still support CJ and lawyers movement, don’t they? Its based on principles, have popular support but what exactly is the result? The re-appointment of judges in a manner which violates the very basic principles of lawyers movement and CJ would probably never be restored. The reality is that Hameed Dogar is Chief Justice so which principles are we talking about here? The only good thing Aitzaz Ahsan and the lawyers movement has achieved is the awareness among masses.

    I am also surprised that you have given examples of Hoodbhoy (quite an extreme example, besides.. he is way too polite), Eidhi and Asma (no matter how smart they are) as charisma is one thing they don’t even fall in leaders category by any definition. Eidhi also tried his luck in politics without any success.

    I agree with most of the points you are making (political player and establishing a party) here but I just don’t think it is fair to apply them in current Pakistani scenario. If we were talking about US or UK, I would have agreed with most of your points about political players but the problem is that we are not a democracy. Not yet. We can’t even say for sure that the kind of democracy we are trying to promote here in Pakistan actually suits us but of course, that’s a different debate. Like they say, let’s just wait and see what happens and reserve our judgements.

  72. Ayesha says:
    November 23rd, 2008 5:02 pm

    We’re probably going to have to agree to disagree on this Darwaish, but I must say this theory of NS offering him 50-80 seats in 1997 is completely new–never heard it before–not even from IK himself, whom I have met a few times and heard him speak several times. And quite frankly, makes zero sense. How can anyone just offer someone seats? The party has to win the seats on their own.

    I was in Pakistan for that election and voted in it. Prior to the election, there was extremely acrimonious exchange between IK and NS–NS had such a clean sweep in those elections, therefore he had no reason to pander to anyone.

    However, I do know that a few months after the elections, NS (trying to show false magnanimity) offered IK the post of Sports Minister, which IK refused (in my opinion, wrongly).

    He should have taken it–like Bhutto took Foreign Minister in Ayub’s cabinet. If he was good at the job, maybe he would have gotten more support from the people, like Bhutto did. It is this all or nothing approach of IK that Babar has pointed out earlier on this forum, which is very apolitical.

    Now, your second theory, about Mush offering IK the post of PM, I have heard this one before, from IK himself and his supporters–but frankly, I don’t believe it. Everyone knows IK has a mind of his own and will not listen to anyone or bow down, so why on earth would Mush leave aside all the panderers around in Pakistan’s politics and ask IK, who had no political base to placate anyway. Mush wanted someone maleable, like Shaukat Aziz, who would go with the flow–not a loose cannon like IK.

    Incidentally, many other politicians also claim that Mush offered them the post of PM–IK is not alone in this. Amin Fahim also claims this for instance, and to me, that makes more sense–that would have essentially neutralized a part of the PPP–far more beneficial for Mush than giving it to IK–who had no base to neutralize.

    IK would have brought nothing to the table for Mush.

    Incidentally, ZAB created the chance–that is what I am talking about. He had several flaws, but he did create the chance–that is a difference between an astute politician and someone who is more of a talk show personality, like IK.

    And by the way, Edhi won the election the first time he contested, but he lost the second time. Read his biography and find out for yourself. Just goes to show that if you are good at philanthropy, it does not necessarily mean you are good at governance.

    And btw, one man’s popularity won’t do jack in the US unless that man comes from either the Democratic or Republican party! Do you honestly believe that Obama could have made any headway at all if he didn’t belong to the democratic party. Trust me, politics is not so different anywhere.

    I also find it a bit ironic btw that IK always speaks highly of monarchies and dictatorships in other countries, like Britain (he is very enamoured by the royalty there) and Mahathir in Malaysia (says he is his role model)–one really wonders about his commitment to democratic values. If you talk to his teammates on the cricket field, they also talk about his dictatorial style—I think this is also a key reason he has failed to build a democratic team.

  73. Darwaish says:
    November 24th, 2008 7:27 am

    Ayesha, I agree that we have to agree to disagree on this but interesting exchange of views anyways.

    I was referring to the seat adjustment thing before 1997 elections. If you recall, seat adjustment is done in almost every election weeks before polling between political parties. Jamat-i-Islami, for example, cannot win a single seat from Punjab (particularly urban areas) in my view without seat adjustment with NS and they benefited hugely in 2002. Seat adjustment with JI always help in defeating PPP in many closely contested seats in Punjab. You should analyze past election results and winning margins.

    Since you were in Pakistan in 1997 so you probably remember that everyone thought IK would be a big impact in 1997 and NS’s vote bank was most likely to be most hurt. NS worried about this tried to do seat adjustment with JI and PTI and some others too. During that time NS was willing to withdraw his candidates from 50+ seats in favor of PTI all over Pakistan but IK, probably unaware of ground reality, refused it. Its a well known fact. I think he would have won many seats just because of NS’s overwhelming popularity at that time. Of course, nobody had even dreamt at that time that IK will lose in such a big way and NS will get such a heavy mandate.

    Regarding PM ship offer in 2001-2, Gen. Musharraf has admitted that himself in one of his interviews so its not just a theory. I ‘ll see if I can find a video on youtube. During 2000-02, Musharraf was desperate to find a suitable face for his government. IK, despite his occasional tyrant attitude, would have brought good reputation, more acceptance and legitimacy for Musharraf’s regime. I am sure and I agree with you that he must have interviewed many and probably offered PMship to some others too (typical of our establishment). IK at that time was supporting Musharraf and was hot because of his good image in public. Remember that famous incident at SKMTH fund raising event when Musharraf saluted IK (photo here and youtube video here – watch the part after 4:50 secs) after which everyone thought IK would be next PM?

    My own guess is that Musharraf wanted Imran Khan to be the next Prime Minister initially. However, he must have analyzed the ground situation and realized that PTI can only win a few seats and IK would not fit in his setup involving Shujaat and Pervez Ilahi so he dropped the idea. The choice of Shaukat Aziz came later when situation was completely different. I also agree that Amin Faheem must have been offered PMship too. It was probably a desperate attempt by Musharraf to stay in power after elections and he would have too, had Amin Faheem agreed.

    But the point is, IK could have taken it by compromising a bit and keeping his mouth shut on few things which he didn’t. Its complicated I think. One may argue that had he accepted those offers, he would have become part of the system he wants to change and there are many examples of good politicians turning into villains. Even Musharraf can be counted in this category considering his excellent governance between 1999-2002. Once he decided to form that King’s party and hold elections drama he just kept on making mistakes after mistakes after that.

    I know about Eidhi’s political career but he is not in the category of leaders and lacks charisma which IK, in my view has. Eidhi, Asma and may be Hoodbhoy can still win a seat but do they fall in leaders category or can they have a significant impact on political scenario? I think not.

    Of course, I am not saying at all that anybody can win elections in US or France with their personal popularity. I am just comparing the chances of success in different political systems and I believe personal popularity is a much bigger factor in setups like US or France than in Pakistan.

    Lastly, from what I have heard IK talks about Dr. Mahatir’s economic model and how he has turned Malaysia into a developed country. I ,too, admire Mahatir for how he has changed the fate of Malaysian people in just 2 decades (despite having my reservations about his treatment to some of his political enemies – Anwer Ibrahim topping the list). He is probably the only one in entire Muslim world who takes on West and US for their double standards. If you ask me, I would rather prefer someone with questionable democratic values who can deliver and bring economic growth and prosperity to miserable population of Pakistan over the so called democratic leaders who fail to deliver each time they are given a chance.

    Btw, I think you ‘ll enjoy reading this :).

  74. Huma says:
    February 9th, 2009 7:05 am

    Every politician, de facto, is divisive; there are those who will follow and those who will oppose, that is the nature of the trade.

    Now, to suggest that skills gained from philanthropy, and captaining a sports team to its apogee, are not translatable to leadership on a wider scale, or to posit that support cannot augment, is myopic. A good leader possesses the ability to build an effective team.

    Existence of Namal college will encourage ground-breaking researchers/scientists from around the world to speak there, success will follow, support for Imran will increase, the best and the good will join his band wagon, and I must resist alliteration!

  75. FAROOQ KHAN says:
    July 4th, 2009 2:12 am


  76. MOHSIN ABBAS says:
    October 18th, 2009 2:28 am

    i think it is a wonderful project of mr imran khan to get rid off illetrecay !! kick the illetrecay….. be educatinost? GOD BLESS IMRAN KHAN !!AMEEN .PAKISTAN ZINDABAD .

  77. October 18th, 2009 2:47 pm
  78. amin gani says:
    November 2nd, 2009 2:39 pm


  79. mehvish says:
    November 7th, 2009 7:58 am

    i am very glad to see this university.this is a great job, but i need to say that please introduce other cources also specially for medical science courses.again, you have did a great job.

  80. Ali Shakoor says:
    November 10th, 2009 11:53 am

    Imran khan is great pakistani. We all should support him as much as we can.

  81. Saadi Klasson says:
    December 22nd, 2009 3:48 am

    We want to see this person as a Presdident or as a Prime Minister of Pakistan. but unfortunately, structure of our government build around the corruption and a corrupt class is ruling over the country. Imran Khan is trying to reach his voice to the nation but as some one says ‘Nakar Khane Men Toti Ki Awaz Kon Sunta He’ every one is trying to collecting wealth and trying to finish the country. I wanr to tell those traitors that our country is like a milk, and no one cannot change its original color that is white.

  82. Kamran Saeed says:
    January 4th, 2010 12:58 am

    Imran Khan is hope of the nation, whenever some one give hopeless comments in front of me about the future of Pakistan, I give him/her hope of bright and corruption free PAKISTAN which will be lead by patriotic, legend and proud of our nation hero IMRAN KHAN.

  83. January 7th, 2010 3:14 pm

    we should take to mahatir Muhammad as a model ruler. i think that imran khan should now be a prime minister of pakistan. He is hard worker, now a days in this critical situation only he is the person that can work like Malaysian prime minister.May god bless imran khan.My best prayers are for imran khan. I also appreciate to khan,s work.

  84. March 8th, 2010 9:57 am

    WOW! I am so glad to see all your views, really…!
    I am with you all…
    Well, I just Love “Sir Imran Khan” (A Great Man).
    Great and Sincere Person / Cricketer / Leader / Politician.
    Insha’ALLAH… “Mr. Imran Khan” will be the Prime-Minister/President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    Please visit the Website:
    And be a member of the “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf”.

  85. m yaseen says:
    March 8th, 2010 10:29 am

    wel a big thank you for making us so proud

  86. imelda samulde says:
    April 3rd, 2010 6:31 am

    I have visited this site and start n i found it useful for doing a part time job i really love it!!!

    management & engineering studies

  87. usama khalid says:
    April 3rd, 2010 12:04 pm

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat a nice idea by imran khan Imran khan the future leader of pakistan

  88. zaeema majeed says:
    April 25th, 2010 12:50 pm

    please develope a hostel i request

  89. Azhar says:
    May 18th, 2010 2:32 pm

    Congratulations, best wishes and lot of dua’a from the heart of my heart for success of the efforts put in by Sir Imran Khan. The education, technology, class, quality, serenity is need of the time. Depiction of true Pakistaniat, worlds ahead words the nation is fed up with. Wish more successes in your life. May Allah be with you and your team.

  90. June 23rd, 2010 2:00 am

    Log on to http:/ register your AZM and make your pledge for a better Pakistan. Catch updates on

  91. AHMAD ALI says:
    June 29th, 2010 1:47 pm


  92. Naveed Abbas says:
    June 30th, 2010 3:18 am

    Well done Great Imran Khan. I wish I could have words. You are a Man with a difference.
    Delivered another promise. Its very rare in Pakistan. God bless you!

  93. Fareeha says:
    July 25th, 2010 8:24 pm

    AMAZING!!! May Allah Bless Imran Khan for all his work that he has done & give us all the capability to step up and be proud of being Pakistanis and take part in the struggle to make Pakistan a better place, Inshallah=))

  94. Saleem says:
    August 5th, 2010 9:53 am

    Well done Imran. God bless you.

  95. Maani says:
    September 7th, 2010 9:34 am

    Actions speak louder than words
    I wish him to be the leader of Pakistan Inshallah!
    He is the only patriotic leader that we could get after the loss of Sir Liaquat Ali Khan.
    Long live Pakistan. Long live Imran Khan.

  96. Shahzad Ahmed says:
    September 8th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Allah Taalah Imran Khan ko hamesha zinda o salamat rakhay ta k wo issi tarah Pakistanion ki Khidmat kartay rahen. Sailab se mutasra logon ki jitni khidmat Imran Khan ne ki, is ki koi misal nahi milti. Aur ainda jo karnay walay hain, yani jo model villages bana k de rahen hain ye aik azim karnama hoga. Meri Imran Khan se ye appeal hai k ye ghar sirf aur sirf mustahiq logon ko millen, jin k waqee ghar beh gai hain. Ummeed hai k Imran Khan is ko yaqeeni banaenge.

  97. ian says:
    October 9th, 2010 5:17 pm

    the mission is the ideal – aiming for a knowledge city have Namal is a wonderful start

    next step ? may i suggest a department of creativity . this to help use the immense creative talent in Pakistan .

    the revolution in mcommunication could be exploited by having a creativity focus reached by all the students via cell phones ?
    every success to Namal

    November 10th, 2010 11:58 am




  99. Nausheen Tariq says:
    January 16th, 2011 9:11 pm

    I salute Imran Khan for the efforts that he is making and the dreams that he is giving to our youth. Inshallah all of these dreams will come true because our land, country is big enough to provide a generous share of opportunity to everyone. However we also need to give our youth self respect and faith in whatever they do, may it be a career in farming. They need to know that their job is worthy of respect and can provide a life full of prosperity. This country needs you, a more well-informed and educated you.

  100. humtum says:
    February 28th, 2011 11:10 am

    thanks 4 it

  101. umar says:
    March 26th, 2011 12:22 pm

    i want to get admission here

  102. May 23rd, 2011 9:52 pm

    Please join hands with the fast growing online community of Mianwali
    Just for u! Mianwali

  103. khalid rehman says:
    June 1st, 2011 9:12 pm

    we want IMRAN KHAN to be the president of pakistan
    we all love u IMRAN KHAN
    our nation need a leader like u

  104. June 30th, 2011 7:05 pm

    whats degrees are available here (in this college)
    plz mail me

  105. Abdul Shakoor says:
    July 31st, 2011 3:36 pm

    I salute Imran khan 4 his bravery and honesty

  106. Mrs Henna Bilal says:
    August 27th, 2011 8:28 pm

    I highly appreciate Imran Khan’s effort in every field of life.We are proud of you.God bless you man!!!

  107. sofie says:
    September 2nd, 2011 5:56 am

    I really like Imran khan.. He is d hope for educati0n. Even m n0t a Pakistan i really salute him. He is a gud leader of their country.!

  108. shoukat says:
    December 29th, 2011 3:57 pm

    plz give me addmission

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