Time Magazine has named Prime Minister Imran Khan among the ‘100 most influential people’ in 2019.
On Wednesday the list chose the “influential people” in four categories that are leaders, pioneers, artists, icons and titans.
Ahmed Rashid a renowned journalist 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.”
Adding,”Now he is Prime Minister of an impoverished nation that cannot pay its bills and is dependent on handouts from rich neighbours like China and the Arab Gulf states. Critics say Khan is too close to the army and Islamic fundamentalists, and chooses advisers poorly. 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 rather than a state of permanent conflict.”
Other than Imran Khan the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received global praise for sensitively handling the Christchurch incident.
Sadiq Khan tweeted, “Londoners were heartbroken to wake up to news of the recent and horrific terror attack in Christchurch, shocked by the callous targeting of innocent civilians for no reason other than their faith. @jacindaardern‘s leadership since the attack has been an inspiration to us all.”
US President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, American Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuAmong are also in the list of most influential people in 2019.