ISLAMABAD: Time Magazine has unveiled a number of covers and their 2019 ‘100 Most Influential People’ list, which includes a familiar face to Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan’s reigning premiere, who was voted into office in summer of 2018, is listed among other global leaders including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Donald Trump.
Khan joins other Pakistanis who have made the list including Malala Yousafzai, actors Riz Ahmed and Kumail Nanjiani and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The Times list comprises people from diverse backgrounds, fields, nations, tongues, and ambitions with Khan being cited as a ‘rock star’ for Pakistan and a ‘critical’ component in the possibility of a peaceful South Asia.
"Driven by fierce ambition, he can be cold and calculating. But he still generates the broadest hope among young and old that he can turn Pakistan around," wrote journalist Ahmed Rashid in Times.
Covers of the issue included people like football star Mohammad Saleh, Nancy Pelosi, journalist Gayle King, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, singer Taylor Swift, and actor Sandra Oh.