Islamabad: Imran Khan, the former cricketer-turned-politician has received perhaps the ultimate accolade with his very own smartphone app - Angry Imran, based on Angry Birds.
Angry Imran has been downloaded several thousand times since it was released for android phones and tablets five days ago. Its developers say they are stunned by the excitement it has generated. Players catapult Imran into the giant heads of Pakistan's political leaders, smashing his way through wooden planks and stone plinths, as he vies for control of key cities before marching on the capital Islamabad.
"I find it quite funny," said Khan, whose party rallies have certainly seen him develop an angry streak as he denounces drone strikes and American aggression in Afghanistan. "Status quo is petrified of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) especially after our Rawalpindi tsunami." Last weekend, he attracted 90,000 supporters to a rally in Rawalpindi.
In the computer game, he must sweep away the heads of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, the main opposition leader, and Altaf Hussain, who rules the city of Karachi from exile in London. Victory at each stage is greeted by the voice of Khan roaring 'Tabdeeli agayi hai' — Urdu for the change has come. The game was put together by a group of budding young developers, who call themselves CreatiXe.