Lahore: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has been declared as the third most influential leader across the globe for the year 2012 among the list of nine topmost leaders for his unwavering and bold stance against the on-going infamous drone attacks by the US forces inside the bordering areas of Pakistan, which have virtually made life hell for innocent tribal people.
According to the report by the world-known News site Global Post, Imran Khan stood third in the popularity list among the nine top leaders who influenced the world the most during 2012 — for better.
It is pertinent to mention here that Imran Khan was pulled off from his Toronto-New York flight in Canada and was questioned by US Customs and Border Protection for about an hour for his stance against drones. He was also interrogated for about an hour.
However, he told the investigators categorically, “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.”
The PTI Chief had refused to stand for the continued use of drones in Pakistan, leading a high-profile march by over 1,000 people in October 2012, said the news site. “He continues to speak out against the violence, and his anti-drone push is a central part of his campaign.”
Imran Khan has become the face of the anti-drone movement in his home country – Pakistan. “Though data on drone-related deaths is scarce, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates drones — key tools of US military strategy in the region — have caused between 474 to 884 civilian deaths since 2004, including the killings of 176 children,” the report added.
According to the news site, Christine Lagarde topped the list, Barack Obama stood second, Imran Khan third, Hillary Clinton fourth, Kim Jong Un fifth, Aung San Suu Kyi sixth, Mohamed Morsi seventh, Hugo Chavez eighth and Bashar al-Assad ninth.