KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has been named ‘Man of the Year 2020’ by The Muslim 500, a Jordanian annual publication which ranks the most influential 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,” honored Imran Khan mainly for his quest for lasting peace with India since he assumed power in 2018.
The publication highlighted the efforts made by PM Imran Khan to normalize ties with India and avoid any confrontation, contrary to Indian aggressive posturing, undermining Pakistan’s repeated calls for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute.
It said 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 last year, imposing a military curfew in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and arrest of thousands of Kashmiris.
Islamic jurist Mufti Taqi Usmani has been ranked at number one by the publication. US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has been named ‘Woman of the Year 2020’, who had taken oath of her office by placing her hand on Quran.