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Younas Khan first Pakistani to post 10,000 Test runs2017/04/25
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday congratulated cricketer Younas Khan on attaining the 10,000 runs milestone in his test career making him the first in Pakistan's cricketing history and the 13th world player.
PM has stated that the nation is proud of this achievement and it is a testament to the talent and hard work of Pakistani cricketers.
Many other public figures including cricketers, politicians and media persons also took to Twitter and expressed felicitations to the veteran Younis Khan.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Younis Khan's courage, determination and ability to score against quality bowling in difficult conditions has led to this achievement.
Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi congratulated Younis Khan on his incredible achievement and hoped for an amazing farewell series for him. He asked Younis to pile up the runs in his last international appearance.
In a video message, former crickets Rashid Latif and Muhammad Wasim congratulated Younis Khan on achieving this feat. Rashid Latif wished Younis Khan a successful life after retirement. The former wicketkeeper, in a lighter mood, demanded Younis Khan to host a party after this accomplishment. He also proposed the idea to go fishing together at Mangla Dam when Younis returns
Muhammad Wasim congratulated Younis Khan on scoring 10,000 Test runs and said the whole nation is wishing Younis at the moment. Wasim said that Younis Khan will be given a heroic welcome in Pakistan, and intended to visit Younis in Mardan after he comes back.
Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi saluted Younis Khan for his services and said he is the real hero. Zalmi team and cricket fans are proud of you for giving us 17 years of Test cricket, 6000 plus days and 600 runs per year, said Javed Afridi.
Fast bowler Junaid Khan forwarded his felicitations to Younis Khan and said he kept awake to witness the moment of 10,000 Test runs.-NNI
Test cricketer Yasir Hameed congratulated Younis Khan on the great achievement as a batsman and said he is the true ambassador of Pakistan around the globe.
Other cricketers like Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Usama Mir, Ehsan Adil and Nain Abidi also applauded the legend on his achievement.
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal expressed his personal greetings to Younis Khan for scoring record 10,000 runs in Test cricket for Pakistan and making the nation proud.
Pakistan's leading run-scorer in Test cricket, after making the history, congratulated the whole nation in his video message and said it is not only his personal achievement, but of the whole country. 
Younis Khan gave the credit of his success to his family, his late father, his mother and late coach Bob Woolmer. He thanked his friends, fans and followers who supported him throughout his cricketing career. 
PCB Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan was all praise for Younis Khan's service to Pakistan cricket and spoke highly of his prolific career. - NNI

CEC demands Imran Khan to apologise2017/04/25
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan did not submit his reply regarding contempt of court during party funding case hearing on Monday.
PTI has been accused of collecting party funds through illegal means in the case.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan was displeased over the matter and directed Imran Khan's lawyer to ask his client to take the statement back and apologize.
Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan further said that the verdict will be announced accordingly if Imran does not submit his answer.
According to details, a four-member commission headed by CEC Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan heard cases against Imran Khan and Hamza Shahbaz regarding the violation of code of conduct at Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The lawyer of Hamza Shahbaz asked for unconditional apology from ECP, whereas, Imran Khan's counsel requested to adjourn his case as it is pending in Lahore High Court (LHC) and Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan. He further said that how can we give funds to people by sitting in the opposition? Chief justice gave his remarks afterwards that the code of conduct is applied to all Members National Assembly (MNAs).
ECP has reserved its decision concerning the code of conduct case and will announce it on May 8. - NNI

Trump admin's Afghan policy likely in May: Khalilzad2017/04/24
KABUL: The former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has said the new policy of Donald Trump administration regarding Afghanistan will likely be finalized next month.
Speaking to BBC's Pashto service, Khalilzad said negotiations are underway in this regard and it is likely that the talks will conclude on 15th May.
He said a result is expected on 15th May as there is a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization afterwards in Italy and President Donald Trump will attend the meeting.
This comes as a delegation of the US officials led by the US national security adviser Gen. Herbert McMaster visited Afghanistan last week to review the situation of the country and meet with the top Afghan government officials.
The Office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan (NSC) said Gen. McMaster had visited the country in a bid to review the policy of Washington regarding Afghanistan.
According to NSC, Gen. McMaster reaffirmed Washington's support to expand its military support to Afghanistan and said US will support the Afghan government's policy to expand the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force.
He also added that the United States will support the four-year plan security plan of the Afghan government, emphasizing that the Trump administration believes the implementation of the plan will eliminate the menace of terrorism being faced by Afghanistan.
Gen. McMaster further added that the United States will also remain committed to help Afghanistan in other sectors, including supporting the infrastructural projects in Afghanistan besides supporting the Afghan military as he also supported the Afghan government's policy regarding peace process. - NNI

OIC condemns Mazar attack2017/04/24
RIYADH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the attack carried on army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday in which more than 200 people were killed and many injured, a statement from organisation said on Sunday.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef A ...

Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar in a meeting2017/04/24
WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar in a meeting with Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director of IMF, here Sunday. - PID photo

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