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Ambassadors from various countries including Modi called on Imran Khan amid General Elections victory 2018

 

It was first ever action been shown by rival neighbour Indian PM Modi as he called the upcoming PM Pakistan Imran Khan who will be taking oath in next 10 days to steer country out of economic dead zone.

Imran Khan Most likely to take oath on 11 August 2018 and various top office holders from different countries are expected to join the oath taking ceremony.

Ambassadors of China , Afghanistan , Iran , Turkey , UAE and Saudi-a Arabia has already congratulated Imran Khan.

However Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Imran Khan on Monday to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the Pakistan general election, with both men discussing regional peace.

It was their first call since Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged victorious from last week’s vote that has been marred by claims of pre-election rigging and irregularities on the day.

Relations between the nuclear-armed rivals have frayed in the last couple of years, with direct talks stalled amid diplomatic rows and military firing across the Line of Control frontier that divides the disputed region of Kashmir.

Khan, widely seen as Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting, is now courting independent candidates and minor parties to form a coalition government in a nation that has fought three wars with India.

In the phone call, Modi “reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood”, according to a statement by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Khan declared in his victory speech that he wanted to resolve the long-standing territorial dispute over Kashmir, saying “if India comes and takes one step towards us, we will take two”.

Khan’s media team said he had told Modi it was vital both countries focus on pulling millions out of poverty.

The PTI said Khan had also told Modi that issues between the two nations must be resolved through talks. “Wars can breed tragedies instead of facilitating resolution of conflicts,” he said, according to a PTI statement.

“Prime Minister (Modi) expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan,” the Indian ministry said in a brief statement.

European Union observers say there was an uneven playing field during the election as major obstacles were put in the way of a rival party that was led by jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif. The United States has also expressed concern about what it calls electoral “flaws”.

Khan has offered to investigate all claims of irregularities, and promised to build a new Pakistan with an Islamic welfare state that would seek to elevate those mired in poverty.

Some analysts and commentators have said Pakistan’s democracy has been weakened by meddling by the armed forces. Both Khan and the military deny colluding with each other.

Majority-Muslim Pakistan has criticised India in recent years about what it calls New Delhi’s heavy-handed tactics in Kashmir, as well as violence suffered by the Muslim-minority groups in India at the hands of Hindu extremists.

Biggest white ball clash is all set between two rivals. Read the best part

It looked improbable when things began but as the weeks have gone by, Pakistan has emerged as 50-50 contenders for the ICC Champions Trophy title. When things began, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was a bleak unit with a horrid show to present themselves to the world in the tournament that has the top-eight ranked teams in the world. In effect, their showing against India was anything but that of a champion. And yet, two weeks later, they are in contention for the trophy and have gone from dark horses for some to title challengers and with good reason.

                              Champions Trophy Pakistan matches result

Pakistan vs India: Lost by 124 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs South Africa: Pakistan won by 19 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Pakistan win by 3 wickets

Pakistan vs England: Pakistan won by 8 wickets

This would undoubtedly be Pakistan’s most comprehensive and convincing win of the tournament and example that one can only take the 1992 World Cup winners lightly on their own peril. They’ve long carried the unpredictable tag and that’s what makes them dangerous – something England found out in Cardiff. Pakistan won the toss and put England in to bat and the Eoin Morgan-led side suffered a terrible middle order collapse that shaped things up beautifully in favour of the Pakistan. Once again, Hasan Ali emerged as the hero for Pakistan with another three-wicket haul. In reply, there were no dramatics this time from the Pakistan batting with Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman building the foundation which Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez added upon to get the win.

A must win match,Unpredictable’s through to the semis in their traditional style.

Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir put on a record eighth-wicket stand of 75 to take their team through to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy at the expense of Sri Lanka.

Sarfraz Ahmed produced a superb captain’s innings following a top-order collapse to see Pakistan into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday

Sarfraz was dropped twice in the closing stages from the bowling of Lasith Malinga but rode his luck to finish unbeaten on 61 from 79 balls, having found a reliable partner in Amir (28o from 43) as the Pakistanis reached their target of 237 with 31 balls and three wickets to spare.

Not a convincing win though, still makes them through to semi’s with the best 8th wicket partnership among Sarfaraz and M Aamir

But Sarfraz and Amir’s rescue act turned the tide in a thrilling contest, the pair picking singles amid some hazardous running and finding the rope at crucial intervals to see their team home.

Pakistan began the run chase favorites after earlier restricting Sri Lanka to 236 all out.

Opening batsman Niroshan Dickwella made a fine 73 as Sri Lanka’s innings showed early promise, but the Pakistanis came roaring back into the contest thanks to some fine bowling from Hasan Ali (3-42), Junaid Khan (3-40) and Mohammad Amir (2-53).

Sarfraz won the toss and Junaid got the early breakthrough, removing Danushka Gunathilaka for 13 before Kusal Mendis (27) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) fell in quick succession.

Dickwella, who had earlier signaled his attacking intentions with a stunning scoop shot for four, teamed up with captain Angelo Mathews (39) and for a while, it looked as if the Sri Lankans were on track for a sizeable total.

Sri Lanka had looked almost certain to progress when Pakistan’s middle-order fell to 7-162 following a blazing start from Fakhar Zaman (50 from 36), with the middle-order trio of Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Shoaib Malik (11) all failing to make an impact on proceedings.

And when Imad Wasim was out for four and debutant Fahim Ashraf (15) was run-out after being slow to react at the non-striker’s end, Pakistan looked like producing one of their famous implosions.

At 3-161 in the 32nd over, Amir knocked over Mathews to claim his first wicket of the tournament and trigger a dramatic collapse of four wickets for just six runs.

Amir took a second while Junaid took two more as the pace pair followed Hasan’s lead, extracting movement from the pitch and through the air in an impressive display of fast bowling.

Asela Gunaratne (27) and Suranga Lakmal (26) put on 46 for the eighth wicket to help Sri Lanka post what was, in the end, a moderate total, but the island nation will need an outstanding bowling effort if they’re to progress through to the semi-finals.