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KARACHI: Players of Pakistan cricket team returned home, in the wee hours of Tuesday, to a grand welcome, after winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. A young Pakistan team stunned the world and created history on Sunday, thrashing an in-form and star-studded Indian side by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval. Players begin to return separately to their hometowns after unavailability of tickets barred them from boarding a flight together. Four Cricketers have arrived in Lahore, Two will land in Karachi, while two others in Islamabad. Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. Captain Sarfraz Ali and Rumman Raees to arrive back home in Karachi. While Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will be arriving at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad around 7:30 AM.
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Wednesday was re-elected to the UN Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) during an election in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi saying it reflected the country's prestige in the international community. Pakistan secured 48 votes from 50 member states present and voting, i.e, 96 percent of the tally. ECOSOC has 54 members. Excepting the years 1985-87, Pakistan has been a member of the 34-member committee since 1973 and will serve another three-year term-- 2018-2020. "Our re-election to this Committee is an endorsement of Pakistan’s pro-active role and engagement within the United Nations system," an elated Ambassador Lodhi said. The committee functions as the main subsidiary organ of the ECOSOC and the General Assembly for planning, programming and coordination. The CPC is charged with reviewing UN programmes as defined in the strategic framework; recommending priority programmes; guiding the Secretariat on translating legislation into programmes and making recommendations; developing evaluation procedures; and, assisting ECOSOC in its coordination functions. It also carries out periodic reviews of the implementation of important legislative decisions. It is directed to cooperate with the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and consult with the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). "Pakistan’s presence at the committee will help us to contribute to the effective programme coordination and budget planning of the United Nations," the Pakistani envoy said. Pakistan is also serving as Vice President of the ECOSOC representing Asia Pacific Region. The Council is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and is the central platform for economic and social development, forging consensus and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed development goals. Pakistan will be chairing the integration segment of the Council next week.