Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has gained the ‘Man of the Year 2020’ title by a Jordanian annual publication. The Muslim 500 ranks the most influential public figures among 1.93 world Muslims across the globe. Published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan, the 11th issue of The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims 2020, honoured the premier primarily for his mission for promoting lasting peace with India since he came to power in 2018, reported Pakistan Today. “I also was touched when Khan launched a successful fund-raising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of victims of cancer as well as research,” said Chief Editor of The Muslim 500, S. Abdallah Schleifer in his statement.
He added, “But what is particularly to his credit is that upon taking office in August 2018 Khan made it quite clear that one of his top priorities was to work for a lasting peace with India,” he added. American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was named the ‘Woman of the Year 2020’.=-
Khan was lauded for his attempts to normalize trade relations with India as well as his role in settling the Kashmir dispute, “the foremost impediment” to the normalization of bilateral relations. The publication highlighted the efforts made by the prime minister to normalize ties with India and avoid any confrontation, contrary to Indian aggressive posturing, undermining Pakistan’s repeated calls for peaceful settlement of bilateral dispute including Kashmir. “Of course, there is a certain and perhaps necessary apparent naivete to Imran’s Khan’s efforts for a lasting peace as demonstrated in India’s openly aggressive behaviour in August 2019, imposing a military curfew in the Indian-occupied portion of Kashmir, and the arrest of thousands of Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir,” the publication noted.