Pakistan’s cricket star turned politician Imran Khan declared victory Thursday for his party in the country’s general elections, promising a “new” Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence.
Khan, who aspires to be the country’s next prime minister, said in a televised address to the nation that “thanks to God, we won and we were successful.”
“If God wills, we will set an example,” he added.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced he will end his international career after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies.
The 42-year-old, who revealed his decision at a press conference in Lahore on Thursday morning, has played 72 Tests since making his debut in 2001 and needs 49 more runs to become the seventh Pakistan batsman to reach the 5,000-run milestone.
Pakistan beat world champions the West Indies by three runs in the second Twenty20 international at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad today to take a 2-0 lead in the four-game series.
Pakistan, who won the first match by six wickets in Barbados, were dismissed for 132 as spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree combined effectively to give the West Indies an excellent chance of levelling the series.
But Pakistan defended their second-lowest T20 total with Shadab Khan taking four for 14 as West Indies made 129 for eight.
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Mystery spinner Sunil Narine who has been playing domestic cricket for Queen’s Park will represent the West Indies against Pakistan in the upcoming four-match T20 series in the West Indies, starting later this month.
Pakistan will be four T20s, three ODIs and three Test matches in the Caribbean and the first of the T20s take place on March 26 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The next three matches will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say.
The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State.
A surge of attacks this week has shattered a period of improving security in Pakistan.
The shrine was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there.