December 25, 2011
More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of the Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the country’s biggest city, Karachi, further cementing his status as a rising force in politics.
His message of cracking down on corruption and standing up to the US has found fresh resonance at a time when Pakistanis are fed up with the country’s chronic insecurity and economic malaise.
Khan, 59, entered politics 15 years ago when he founded PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice party, but has struggled to translate his fame into votes. His political fortunes shifted in October when he drew more than 100,000 people to a rally in the eastern city of Lahore.
Since then, Khan has attracted many politicians to his party, including several prominent figures.