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Despite a stiff resistance by major political parties, the federal government on Friday finally invoked Article 245 to call in the army in aid of civil administration for the security of capital.

Former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday hinted at the possibility of launching a movement from Quetta in view of growing threats to democratic system in the country, says a private TV channel. Addressing lawyers and judges at a function organised by members of the legal fraternity in his honour at Balochistan High Court, he said some elements were being used to overthrow the current democratic system. "These elements would not succeed in undermining the democratic rights of people," said the former chief justice.
Most of the American military aid to Islamabad for counter-insurgency has gone into buying equipment to fight India, a former US diplomat told lawmakers as he described Pakistan as a country which is "on the edge in many ways of being a failed state".
As Muslims are trying to boycott Israel, Israeli lobbyists have also waged a war against the companies which have been giving funds to Palestinians, Muslim organisations especially Hamas. The recent news is about Edible Arrangements, a renowned company owned by Muslims which is losing business because it is known for supporting Muslim organisations including Hamas. According to reports, the owners of these organisations are Tariq Farid and Kamran Farid, who are devout Pakistani Muslims.
The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former federal minister for human rights, Ansar Burney has thanked Tunisian Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa for opening Tunisian border and starting issuing visas to those Pakistanis and other nationals coming from Libya after civil war and closures of airports.
A paramilitary soldier was killed on Friday by cross-border fire from Afghanistan in the north-western mountainous tribal region of Bajaur, military officials said. "A paramilitary soldier embraced martyrdom due to terrorists' fire from across the border (Afghanistan) near Ghakhai pass in Bajaur this afternoon," the army said in a statement. However the identity of the militants behind the attack was not mentioned.
On his first day in office, Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday warned Pakistan that India's response to any beheading-like incident in future would be "more than adequate, intense and immediate."
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln