Imran Khan's biography set for July launch
Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan's first official biography, written by New Delhi-based writer Frank Huzur is set for a global launch next month.
Titled Imran Vs Imran, the book is being described as "a political biography of Pakistan's agent of change and the most committed face of democracy in Pakistan".
Huzur, who is also a poet and playwright, made several trips to Pakistan in the past six months to meet Khan, his family and leaders of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in order to equip himself with content, to write the book.
Huzur was also granted an audience by Khan's ex-wife Jemima Khan in London. Of the book's 400 pages, an entire chapter has been devoted to Khan's marriage and subsequent divorce.
Rare photographs of the cricketing legend and his family will also be a part of the book.
"Imran Khan, founder-chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, remains an enigma to his political opponents," says a flattering introductory note by publishers Falcon Books.
"The man who once ruled the 22-yard pitch is being seen as the best bet for Pakistan a country whose tryst with democracy has actually been a cloak and dagger game."
"He is still as much feared on the political pitch as he had been in his cricketing heydays. Can he become the Prime Minister or President of Pakistan one day in future?" writes Huzur.
Huzur and his publishing house have decided to contribute 15 per cent of the book's cover price to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, set up by Khan in memory of his mother who died of cancer.
The writer who visited Khan's political constituency and ancestral hometown of Mianwali, has also written a glowing piece on the dashing former cricketer that has been put up on Tehreek-e-Insaf's website.
"Imran wears many hats. He retired from cricket as a champion, a charismatic leader in 1992 after winning the biggest prize in world cricket," Huzur writes, in the piece titled "Man with a Mission".
"Imran Khan's politics is about power to the people, not for power. He scaled another peak of excellence when he gifted a unique university to people of Pakistan... The opening of Namal College in Mianwali adds another golden feather in the cap of Imran Khan, who has combined philanthropy with politics to pursue some highly unachievable health and educational projects," he writes.
Falcon Books will initially launch the title in English. Later this year, the book's Urdu and Hindi versions will follow.
Zeba Naureen, a Toronto-based Pakistani writer and journalist, will do the Urdu translation.
Huzur had earlier written the book Hitler in Love with Madonna, when he was barely 19.