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Expressing deep anguish and concern over the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Gaza due to relentless Israeli aggression, Pakistan on Thursday called for an unconditional ceasefire and an immediate end to the Gaza blockade. Sharing the government of Pakistan's deep anguish and concern over the aggravating situation in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told the Foreign Office weekly press briefing that Israeli military offensive has led to the killings of innocent, non-combatant, and unarmed Palestinians, including women and children, in Gaza.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Friday as a day of mourning to show solidarity with people of Gaza, his office said in a statement here on Thursday. "Moreover, the Prime Minister has ordered to contribute one million dollars in UN flash appeal for Gaza Palestinians," it said.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi on Thursday met Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House as the two countries reaffirmed desire to further strengthen the key bilateral relationship. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani accompanied Special Assistant Fatemi as the two sides reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship and expressed complete satisfaction over the positive momentum and continued high level exchanges between the two countries.
Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, met with the leaders of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill, where American lawmakers reaffirmed their commitment to maintain close relationship with Pakistan.
Pakistan on Thursday welcomed the August 25, 2014 opportunity to reviving the dialogue process with India to discuss all issues and promoting co-operation to carry forward the peace process. "We welcome the opportunity of August 25 meeting [between foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India]... It will be our desire to work together where we find common ground and common benefit and to resolve differences where we have disagreements and disputes," Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said while speaking at Foreign Office's weekly press briefing.
Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar issued instruction for immediate release of salary to the employees of Pakistan Machine Tool Factory Limited. Taking cognisance of the media reports that the employees of the tool factory at Karachi have not been paid salary for the last four months by the management, the Finance Minister directed the concerned wing of the Finance Division to take appropriate measures for disbursement of their dues amounting Rs 112 million before Eid.
PML-N leader Zaeem Qadri has said the entire nation is facing consequences of loot and plunder and poor policies of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. Commenting on the statement of Pervez Elahi, the PML-N leader said Chaudhry brothers looted national resources under the umbrella of a dictator but did nothing for increasing energy He said Chaudhry brothers had now become a part of history, adding the real face of Chaudhry brothers had been exposed to the people and they would not be hoodwinked.


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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