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Ishaan Tharoor

The build-up to Pakistan’s elections, which will be held May 11, has been clouded by a disturbing streak of violence. Suicide bombers, militants and gunmen have attacked rallies and assassinated candidates. Some of Pakistan’s leading secular political parties, including the incumbent ruling PPP, have even eschewed campaigning in public because of the alarming threat to their security.

The contest for governance, then, has become a battle between two more religiously-inclined heavyweights — former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Of the duo, Khan’s story is far more interesting. Not long ago, he was known simply as a handsome star athlete with an alleged “playboy” lifestyle. But his subsequent entrance into Pakistani politics as a pious outsider keen to clean up the corrupt status quo galvanized much of the country’s youth and urban middle class.

He has been staging dozens of rallies across Pakistan — a series of which are documented here by Italian photographer Massimo Berruti. On May 7, at a rally in Lahore, Khan was being hoisted onto stage on a forklift when a press of bodies sent him sprawling fifteen feet head-first to the ground. His injuries include three fractured vertebrae, but he is expected to make a full recovery — and may well even go on to win an electoral outcome few thought possible only months ago.

Massimo Berruti is a photographer based in Paris and Rome, represented by Agence VU. In 2010, Berruti was awarded the Carmignac Gestion Prize for his work from Pakistan.

Ishaan Tharoor is a staff writer at TIME and co-editor of TIME World.

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TEDxKarachi 2011 - Imran Khan - Never Give up on Your Dreams

Imran Khan speaks at TEDxKarachi 2011 on Never Giving up on Your Dreams 27th May 2011 : Making the Impossible Possible About the Speaker: Imran Khan graduated from Oxford in 1972 with a degree in Politics and Economics. He was later inducted into the university's Hall of Fame. As a cricketer, he achieved incredible success as the world's premier all-rounder and lead Pakistan to its World Cup victory in 1992. After retiring from cricket, he went on to become a champion of social causes in Pakistan, going on to found the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, the country's first cancer hospital that provides free treatment to thousands of patients annually. He has raised millions of dollars worth of funding through national and international campaigns.Khan has also been active in politics and is the founder of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. His most significant political work has been the restoration of those judges who were deposed under the Musharraf regime. As University Chancellor of the Namal College in Mianwali, he set up links with the University of Bradford creating further academic opportunities for the youth of Pakistan. Imran Khan received many prestigious awards for his outstanding work for public welfare and personal achievements amongst which are the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest civil honorary award, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him at the Asian Jewel Awards, and induction into both the Oxford University and the ICC Hall of Fame <b>...</b>
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