KARACHI: Cricketer-turned-prime minister Imran Khan has been known as a devout Muslim for those who know him and has not even allowed his official responsibilities to affect his ritual prayers.
Imran continues to pray five times a day besides other non-obligatory religious rituals. Individuals close to him and part of government circles say the prime minister’s first priority is always to say his prayers. He leaves meetings midway as soon as he hears the call to prayer and gets back to work immediately after.
In power for almost three months and reportedly working 14 to 18 hours a day, the premier also keeps a rosary in his hand and, sources say, he continuously recites his wazaif even in meetings with foreign dignitaries.
Imran has said in various meetings that power is Allah Almighty’s trust and the government and its functionaries need to ensure that the issues facing the masses are resolved and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will try its utmost to turn Pakistan into a welfare state modeled on the first Islamic state of Madina.
The premier’s love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been witnessed on many occasions, according to sources. When he visited Madina, he took off his shoes before setting foot on the soil of the holy city as a sign of reverence. A PTI leader said Imran’s role model is the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Senior PTI leader and federal minister, Faisal Vawda told Roznama Express that Premier Imran oversees government affairs according to a fixed schedule and his vision is to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state.
Special assistant to the prime minister, Iftikhar Durrani also confirms that PM Khan is a devout Muslim and has been religious for a long time, however, he tries his best not to highlight his religious commitments in public.