Imran Khan a former Pakistan cricket captain is currently trying to estabilish himself as a politician. He launched his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party in 1996. He played international cricket for two decades and, after retiring, entered politics. In recent months he has emerged as a serious player on the Pakistani political scene. His most recent manoeuvre is a bid to extend competitive politics to Pakistan's north-western tribal belt, a region governed by tribal customs and traditional elders. Besides his political activism, Khan is also a philanthropist.