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As a young cricketer, Imran Khan set goals and went flat out to achieve them. Now he is doing the same in his political life, writes Kiran Stacey in a profile of the man who is expected to become Pakistan's next prime minister. His party won Thursday’s general convincingly, but without enough seats to form a majority.
It will be a new challenge, Kiran writes. While Mr Khan excels at articulating a grand vision for his country, there are concerns that he lacks the policy expertise to tackle Pakistan’s thorniest problems and his critics refer to him as "Im the dim". His shift from international playboy — he used to be married to a British socialite, Jemima Goldsmith — an adherent of a conservative form of Islam may have helped win the support of rural voters, but it also earned him the suspicion of many liberal Pakistanis. Mr Khan must now summon the kind of dogged resolve that helped drag his motley team of cricketers to a world cup victory.
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