Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Pakistan Cricketer Imran Khan’s Rally Shows Political Appeal

Pakistan cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan drew as many as 150,000 people to a rally in Karachi, demonstrating his growing appeal amid anger over power blackouts and a troubled alliance with the U.S.

After 15 years of political irrelevance, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice Party, is gaining momentum as the ruling coalition fails to improve a slowing economy or fight corruption. Khan’s stance that Pakistan should pull out of a security pact with the U.S. is winning support amid criticism of army offensives against Taliban militants since 2007 that have triggered retaliatory bombings.