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Indus Water Council (IWC) Chairman Muhammad Salman Khan and Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) Central President Sardar Zafar Khan have urged the United Nations to take notice of water aggression by India against Pakistan and ask India to install a telemetry system at all dams built by it at controversial locations. In a joint statement issued here on Thursday, the IWC chairman and KBP president said that the UN was established to maintain peace and justice in the world but its performance remained unsatisfactory.

Water level at Guddu barrage is rising constantly and it was 352,186 cusecs on Thursday afternoon. People were evacuated from their homes in Panu Aqil and Khairpur to safer places. Land communication of areas submerged by floodwater has completely been cut off. Flooding is also affecting Kashmore whereas water also entered many settlements in Khairpur and Naushahro Feroze.
On Thursday at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) value traded was recorded at PKR 3.668 billion up 2.87 percent as compared to yesterday. The number of lots traded was 13,949 and PMEX Commodity Index closed at 2,989. Major business was contributed by crude oil amounting to PKR 2.662 billion, followed by gold amounting to PKR 929 million - up 90 percent and silver at PKR 77 million - 94 percent.
Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has advised the potato growers to start sowing of their crop from October 01 and complete till October 20 for attaining a higher per acre yield. A spokesman of the department said that potato is sown over 400,000 acres of the province per annum with an average per acre yield of 243 maund.
The city which is in grip of endemic law and order situation is forcing people to turn to social welfare organisations for performing 'qurbani' on their behalf to save themselves from the hassle of being robbed. This is the safest way and a great facility being provided by organisations like 'Saylani' and 'Alamgir Welfare Trust International,' (AWTI), on behalf of the harassed people.
Scores of Pakistani fishermen's families have been struggling to make their ends meet as their bread-earners have been languishing in India jails on the charges of crossing the `imaginary' sea border. The Indian maritime authorities often capture Pakistani fishermen on the charges of doing fishing on their side of the sea. Fishermen on Saturday said that "the families of a large number of jailed seafarers have been passing through mental agonies and facing severe financial crisis".
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao has not confirmed any financial assistance to the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam and stated that the major role of lending agency in the consortium for financing the dam is pre-mature. The ADB President was visiting the country from September 15-17 on the request of the government of Pakistan made officially in June, as stated by the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln