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Pakistan and India have agreed to hold foreign secretary-level talks on August 25, 2014 in Islamabad to carry forward the dialogue process. According to Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh spoke to Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry over telephone on Wednesday. "During the conversation, it was agreed that the two foreign secretaries would meet in Islamabad on August 25, 2014 to carry forward the dialogue process," she said.

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince, Advisor and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, called on Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif here late Tuesday night and discussed bilateral issues. During the meeting which was extremely cordial, the Prime Minister expressed gratitude for a very warm welcome and hospitality extended to him during his private visit to Saudi Arabia, said a press release.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi called on American Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns here at the State Department and discussed Pakistan-US relations. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani, accompanied Fatemi during the meeting. Deputy Secretary Burns was assisted by Dan Feldman, Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa Najm us Saqib presented his credentials to President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, in Windhoek on Wednesday. Besides accreditation to South Africa, the High Commissioner is concurrently accredited to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, says a statement received from Pretoria.
At the United Nations, Pakistan has condemned the continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza. In a statement, Pakistan's permanent representative, Masood Khan urged the organisation to play its role for ending the siege of Gaza.
Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing from across the border, killing one Pakistani on Wednesday. Chenab Rangers retaliated and silenced the guns of the Indian forces. The latest incident of firing at the control centre of district Shakar Ghar of Narowal killed a resident of Nangal Village. The shelling created panic and fear among the locals. Chenab Rangers spontaneously reacted to the threat and silenced the guns of the Indian forces.
The government on Wednesday promoted Air Commodore Shahid Niaz, Air Commodore Asim Zaheer and Air Commodore Ahmar Shahzad to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. According to PAF here, Air Vice Marshal Shahid Niaz was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in January, 1984 in Engineering Branch. During his illustrious career, he has commanded an Electronics Wing.


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln