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With the advent of the nation-wide brisk preparations to celebrate the independent of the mother-land with traditional zeal and fervour, preparations are also afoot across Azad Jammu & Kashmir to celebrate the 68th Independence Day of Pakistan on August 14.

Federal Minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Kashmir is a key issue of Pakistan and it should be resolved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people in the line with the United Nations' resolution. The minister expressed these views while responding a calling attention notice moved by PTI members Dr Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Munaza Hassan and Colonel Amirullah Marwat (Retd) on Indian aggression in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which resulted in killing of innocent Kashmiris.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Monday said the Army will break the nexus between drug dealers, financiers and terrorists. "We will break the nexus between drug dealers, financiers and perpetrators of terrorism. We will not allow these drug barons to negatively influence and spoil our future generations," the COAS reiterated. During his visit to Anti-Narcotics Force Headquarters in Rawalpindi, he said that drug peddlers and those involved in its production are as much detrimental to national security as terrorists.
Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain on Monday said Pakistan and Egypt have common perception on terrorism and condemned it in all its forms and manifestations. He was speaking as chief guest at a reception hosted by Ambassador of the Republic of Egypt, Said Hindam to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. The Minister for Defence Production felicitated the people and Government of Egypt on the anniversary of their country's revolution.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Monday warned that if the global terror network Daesh/ISIS dared to look towards Pakistan, it would get a befitting response and its fate would not be different from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Heidi Grant, Deputy under Secretary US Air Force/International Affairs called on Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), General Raheel Sharif Monday. Matters of mutual interest including regional stability were discussed. Earlier, Deputy under Secretary of US Air Force also called on Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters where the visiting dignitary was given a comprehensive briefing on the working of Pakistan Air Force.
Co-ordinator of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Hamid Ali Khan resigned from his position on Monday. Mr Khan has been directed to work in his capacity till the appointment of new co-ordinator. According to Interior Ministry, Coordinator NACTA has tendered his resignation, however his resignation has not been accepted so far.
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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-22.095 bln
Exports $23.885 bln
Imports $45.980 bln
WeeklyAugust 03, 2015
Reserves $18.536 bln