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Amid escalating tensions, Pakistan Friday lodged a strong protest with India by summoning its top envoy over civilian casualties due to the repeated unprovoked firing at the Working Boundary. "Indian High Commissioner Dr T.C.A. Raghavan was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, as the government of Pakistan has strongly protested over the latest cease-fire violations by India in Harpal and Chaprar sectors at the Working Boundary, Foreign Office said.

Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to ensure the safety of its embassy and staff in Kabul amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments fuelled by the recent allegations levelled by President Ashraf Ghani against Pakistan. A formal request, according to sources, has been made to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs following incidents of harassment of the embassy personnel and a recent bid to kidnap a senior embassy official by unknown armed persons.
Liu Guangyuan, Director General, Department of External Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China called on the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM), Syed Tariq Fatemi at the Foreign Office today. Welcoming Liu Guangyuan to Islamabad, the SAPM Fatemi recalled the historic fraternal nature of Pakistan-China relations. He reiterated the unequivocal resolve of the Government of Pakistan to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
State Department's Spokesperson John Kirby on Thursday said the United States is desirous to see decrease in tensions between Pakistan and India. He advised the neighbouring countries to opt for talks in a press briefing in Washington. He said that Secretary of State John Kerry has always stressed both countries to continue to hold talks. While answering an Indian journalist's question about Pakistan's threat to use atomic bombs, Kirby said that he has not seen any such statement by Pakistan.
As many as eight persons, including a woman and a child, have been martyred and 47 others, including 24 women and 11 children, were injured by unprovoked Indian shelling on the Working Boundary. According to ISPR, the Indian troops carried out shelling in Sialkot, Chaprar, and Harpal sectors. Kangan Pur and Bajra Garhi villages have been badly affected in the firing. Pakistani security forces gave a befitting response to India's growing belligerence.
Pakistan on Friday rejected the report that it has third-largest growing nuclear arsenal, terming it completely baseless. "As a nuclear state, Pakistan's policy is characterised by the utmost restraint and responsibility. We strictly abide by the concept of credible minimum deterrence and our nuclear programme is only aimed at maintaining peace and stability in South Asia," said Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah while responding to a question regarding a recently-released report about Pakistan's nuclear programme.
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said they will address concerns of the main opposition party over Dr Asim Hussain's arrest and the ongoing Rangers crackdown in Sindh. Talking to media persons in Lahore after addressing a function here at Al-Hamra Hall, Information Minister assured that the law enforcement agencies will work within the ambit of law when carrying out operations in the province.
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln