Asia Society Poll: Imran Khan - Asia’s Person of the Year

Published: January 25, 2013
The final tally revealed that Imran had more than 11,000 votes, 88 per cent of the total. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The final tally revealed that Imran had more than 11,000 votes, 88 per cent of the total. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, swept the online Asia’s Person of the Year 2012 reader poll conducted by the Asia Society.

According to the final results, Imran Khan whizzed past everyone else by securing 87.78% of the online votes, Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai secured 3.29%, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi 1.98% and the Indian film actor Aamir Khan 1.81%.

The final tally revealed that Imran had more than 11,000 votes, 88 per cent of the total. According to a press release, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, non-profit institution with its headquarters in New York. It was founded in 1956 by John D Rockefeller III.

It is the leading educational organisation dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2013.

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  • salman k
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:05PM

    just waiting for imran khan to sweep elections 2013 aswell


  • A W
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:11PM

    He deserves it!


  • Osman
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:12PM

    He will also sweep the upcoming election…..inshallah.


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:12PM

    InshAllah Taala you will sweep the next general elections in the same way! Aameen.


  • Sameer
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:12PM

    IK u rock :)


  • Zain Jalali
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Imran khan love you . Proud to be the part of PTI . May ALLAH always help you Ameen.


  • rizwan
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:45PM

    well lets call him Pakistan Khan – Next PM in.


  • Jan 25, 2013 - 7:48PM

    Lv u khan


  • Ali Abul Hassan
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:52PM

    He’s to be declared as the World’s person of the year..! Proud of you Mr. Khan..!


  • Shahzad
    Jan 25, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Where are the haters now? And dear tribune, why isn’t this post on your facebook page?


  • @ishiPTI
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:05PM

    similarly we’ll sweep the up coming polls in Pakistan, and the result will be PTI got votes 87.78% n rest of all parties got only 12.22%, inshallah.


  • Javeed
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:09PM

    excited to be casting my vote for PTI.


  • sensible
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:16PM

    No surpise! Next PM of Pakistan. Inshallah.


  • Tanzeel
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:33PM

    I like the description for IMRAN Khan on Asia Society’s Website ;)

    Imran Khan (Pakistan)
    Former cricket star Imran Khan is shaking up Pakistan’s political system with his bid for Prime Minister on the ticket of Tehrik-e-Insaf, the political party he created in 1996, which runs on a platform of anti-corruption policies. Although he is leading in opinion polls, it is not expected that he will be elected by the National Assembly.


  • Waqar ul islam
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:38PM

    May Imran vanish all corrupt politisons from Pakistan


  • Waqar ul islam
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:40PM

    May Imran finish All corruption from Pakistan
    I am with you IK


  • kHaN
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Paper Tiger! Will see him in the election.


  • Jehangir
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:52PM

    My leader….


  • fawad
    Jan 25, 2013 - 8:58PM

    A good human being. Although I belief this poll was very much manipulated.


  • Jan 25, 2013 - 9:01PM

    Inshallah PTI will sweep the general elections this year under the leadership of Imran Khan :)


  • khan
    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:26PM

    This is not the ground reality.The fact is that he is destine for bitter defeat in the forth coming election.Even he will not win the mna seat which was granted to him by the dictator in 2004 election..


  • Taz100
    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:40PM

    Some people need burnol here! IK is Pakistan’s most son, and richly deserves this award. Those who are whining against him due to political bias or inferiority complex, should confess that even a million of you put together cant compete with Aura, charisma and persona of the great IK. So you haters! Take it or lump it!


  • Taz100
    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:42PM

    @Khan You are not even a paper tiger. At least! he is something, but you are a non-entity!


  • Taz100
    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:46PM

    @Tanzeel I am afraid, your euphoria will be over when IK wins the elections, I hope you wont cry then?


  • Baset
    Jan 25, 2013 - 10:02PM

    The man the legend. History will prove that we were the nation who was blessed with Imran Khan. Next PM insha allah !!


  • Osman
    Jan 25, 2013 - 10:08PM

    you forgot that he was also offered the seat of prime minister under that dictator, which he refused.


  • Omair shahid
    Jan 25, 2013 - 10:11PM

    You have already predicted that he will not win in the election all the people who still want to vote for the same old parties who destroyed Pakistan all I can say shame on them.


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Jan 25, 2013 - 10:30PM

    You are not even khan forget about being a tiger!


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 25, 2013 - 11:16PM


    If we are to believe IK’s benefactor from the past, i.e. Musharraf and Ehtesham Zamir; it was actually IK who wanted a sum of 100 NA seats handed to him on a platter. Listening to this outrageous and incredulous wish, Musharraf and Zamir looked at each and burst out laughing :D


  • 3footninja
    Jan 25, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Nawaz Sharif should have been on this list also… for “saving jamhooriat”, lol.


  • Mirza
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:22AM

    How a poll that puts Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi at less than 2% and IK at more than 87% can only be a joke with reality. A leader who won Nobel Peace Prize for her continued incarceration and standing up to military leaders should not even be compared to IK who supported Gen Mush and never went through the rigors and offered sacrifices for democracy. These polls can give much higher rating to IK than Nelson Mandela also. Here are some of the awards that the great Burmese leader received:
    Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country,[12] the fourth person ever to receive the honour.[13] In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal.[14] On 19 September 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was also presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States.[15]

    On 1 April 2012, her party, the National League for Democracy, announced that she was elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament, representing the constituency of Kawhmu;[16] her party also won 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the lower house.[17]


  • Ahmad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:24AM

    IK deserve ths & he z th future PM of pakRecommend

  • Osman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:29AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi
    I’ve been following him from a very long time, never heard any such thing. If its a fact then I might burst out laughing aswell but maybe he said that in some other context. Whatever the case, he needs to sweep else we are doomed.


  • Salman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Imran Khan zindabad, PM in waiting…..


  • Riaz Khan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 2:06AM

    For God sake get real! No way & I mean no guy IK can come close to PM house. He is living in Cuckoo World.


  • Muhammad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 2:54AM

    IK greatest disappointment


  • MAC
    Jan 26, 2013 - 4:06AM

    11000 votes and such euphoria? That’s not even enough to win in any one constituency.


  • Bilal Khan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:02AM

    You make our day again Imran Khan. We are with PTI


  • Taimoor
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:32AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    What is this what your uncle said, because he knows a guy who knows a guy. Funny how you know the inside story and yet no one else does. A trademark of a true pakistani Good for you.


  • Mustafa
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:01AM

    Pakistan khan ‘zindabad’


  • Pro Truth
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:59AM

    Imran may not win on traditional votes as the reality speakers here, He will cruise to victory by the voters who never voted before plus who will registered for the first time the youth!
    Imran appeals to educated and youth that was never interested in voting because of obvious faces going around in our politics. Well awared people by the media now plus new type of voters who are now willing to break the cycle of “demonocracy” is the reality that old tried and tested are not realising.

    Pakistan of today has been changed in last 5 years who are kept up dated by electornic and social media, they can observe and see what these two major parties are really upto and delivered nothing!


  • farhad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:11AM

    love u IK


  • Dr. Dang
    Jan 26, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Nothing will change


  • VoiceOfgilgit
    Jan 26, 2013 - 10:44AM

    After the Qaid Azam the personalty we will proud atleast …. you deserve more then this sir…


  • zahid sudozai
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:18AM

    He deserves more then this….. My All time favourite.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:26AM


    Buddy, I was actually responding to Osman but out of the blue you decided to jump on a bus which wasn’t exactly heading to your destination. Any how, your logic about innuendo and hearsay should also apply to Osman who claimed that Musharraf asked IK to become the PM back in the days.


  • Bashir
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:30AM

    This is not fair. Look at the wealth of Mian Brothers. Look at their palaces. Look at the 600 policemen guarding them against the evils of the common public. I recommend Mian NS as the Man of Asia.


  • AZ
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:45PM

    How politicized are you ? You should be proud that someone from your country won…yet you are putting comparing him unfavorably to others… you may say you call the truth like you see it.. fine…but when pakistan wins a cricket match or tournament by chance , and against teams that are better, do you put the team down or celebrate??? @Mirza:


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:00PM


    Despair not my brother; Mian Sahab is on his way to becoming the PM of Pakistan. NS does not have to contest in some unknown congeniality contest called the Man of Asia.


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  • Zaheer
    Jan 26, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Imran got 88 percent of the total votes. Wow! And how many voters were from PTI’s online army?


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 26, 2013 - 3:02PM


    Brother, the majority of the pollsters belonged to All Pakistan Troll Association who cast their vote via multiple IDs and through some other unscrupulous means.


  • zain
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Dear Imran khan ! Give me an honour that i cast my vote for you.


  • Osman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:53PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi
    Man you need to have some information before you come up with some unheard and illogical things which don’t even make sense and cannot be confirmed from any source. If you believe I claimed it just to support my case then please google it or you can even get your answer from the link below.


  • Imran
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:02PM

    IK is no match to Nawaz or Shahbaz Sharif. SS son is an MNA. IK’s not. NS son in law is MNA. IK’s not. SS son in law thrashed a bakery wala and was set free for ‘ lack of evidence ‘ IK cannot do it. I do not understand why people recommend IK for Asia award.?


  • Shaukat A. Khan Jadoon
    Mar 5, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Unfortunately we have bundle of politicians who are looting nation wealth, pakistan need a leader who take the country towards success and prosparity. Now Imran Khan is the best option for all Pakistanis to get rid of Looters. Therefore, I apeal all Pakistanis living inside and abroad to ensure costing their votes in 2013 eleaction and choose honest leaders.

    I don’t blame Mr. Zardari & Mr. Nawas; people can judge better. My message is to please if you love your country, coming generation and want a developed Pakistan then please do not elect those who are corrupt, export your wealth abroad, make their business abroad countries and will fly away in danger.


  • Shuja
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:13PM

    Two things are common between Omar the Great and Imran Khan. They dont cheat, they dont allow others to cheat. They are not corrupt, they dont allow others to corrupt. They are not theives, they dont allow others to steal.


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