What will Imran Khan be reading in jail?

On Wednesday, in a clip posted on X (formerly Twitter) Aleema Khan could be seen talking to the media, stating that her brother , former Prime Minister Imran Khan is doing well in Attock jail. Aleema Khan said that her brother told her that he has gotten time for himself after years. “He has started finishing the Quran for the second time and has also read Islamic history,” she said, adding that Imran Khan will adjust to any environment, no matter the conditions.

Later in the day, Intazar Hissain Panjutha, Imran Khan’s lawyer, took to X, asking for book recommendations on the history of Pakistan, history of the region and current affairs.


Today he posted a picture of the books being sent to Imran Khan for reading.

So what is Khan reading?

How Democracies Die by Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky
Published in 2018, this book is on comparative politics about how elected leaders can gradually destabilise the democratic process to increase their power.

Monsoon By Robert D. Kaplan
It reflects upon the vitality of India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania for American power. Kaplan uncovers the effects of population growth, climate change, and extremist politics on the unstable region.

People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Zinn presents a different side of history from the more conventional “fundamental nationalist glorification of country”, exposing the exploitation and manipulation of the majority by rigged systems that cater to a few elite rulers from across the orthodox political parties.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Diamond dismantles racially based theories of human history while discussing the way that the modern world came to be.

World Order by Henry Kissinger
The book escorts the reader through to the complex mechanisms that have governed international relations throughout history.

Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam by A. Helwa
Helwa uses references from the Quran, ancient mystical poetry, and stories of prophets and spiritual masters to help one grow spiritually and strengthen connection with God.

The Narrow Corridor by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
The writers contend that a country’s rise and fall is dependent on culture, geography, or chance, but on the power of their institutions.

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare by Thomas Rid
A history of disinformation which tracks the increase in secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet trolls.

The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
Another book by Kaplan in the list. This one explores the role geography and the national borders play in world conflicts.

Indus Divided by Daniel Haines
Indus Divided talks about the significance of the Indus Basin river system for Indian and Pakistan and the dispute between the two countries after the partition in 1947.

Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia
It is part-memoir, part-essay in which the writer reiterates her journey through Central and Southern Asia.

The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics by Andrew Small
The book explores the outcome of Sino-Pakistani ties for the West, India, Afghanistan, and for Asia, overall. It highlights the sensitive facets of their relationship including Beijing’s support for Pakistan’s nuclear program, China’s dealings with the Taliban, and the Chinese military’s planning for crises in Pakistan.

Balthasar’s Odyssey by Amin Maalouf
It is a novel revolving around a quest to find a book supposedly published during the days of the Ottoman Empire.

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman
The writer predicts the future wars — why and where will they happen and how they will be fought; who will acquire economic and political power and who will lose; and how new technologies and cultural trends will change the way we live in the new century.

As Through a Veil: Mystical Poetry in Islam by Annemarie Schimmel
It is a story of Islamic poetry that covers the ambit of traditions and cultures, from Arabic religious verse to the Persian Sufis and the popular folk poetry of India and Pakistan.

Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way by Amin Maalouf
The book traces how civilizations have divided throughout the 20th century, combining personal narrative and historical analysis to caution in regard to the future.