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The Members of the National Assembly welcomed the decision of winding up of dharna (sit-in) by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and said that it is victory of democracy and Parliament and requested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers to join the House which is a better forum to resolve their issues.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed confidence that the government has "adequate capacity" and is undertaking suitable measures to soon make Pakistan polio-free and reverse the trend of spread of polio virus. "We owe this to our people, our children and the world community," the Prime Minister said in a message on the World Polio Day.
Senate Standing Committee on inter-provincial co-ordination (IPC) has sought briefing from provinces today (Friday) on post devolution of ministry of health to the provinces as well as bottlenecks in this regard. An official said that provincial health minister and secretaries health have been invited to brief the senate body on administrative, financial as well as assets, liabilities and legal issues pertaining to the health ministries.
The Senate on Thursday condemned attack on JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Hazaras in Quetta and also demanded a briefing to the House by heads of intelligence agencies on these attacks and over all law and order situation in Balochistan. Members of the Senate also questioned performance of the intelligence agencies, saying the sleuths know well about hideouts and networks of the terrorists, but it is unfortunate they are freely moving around and killing innocent people.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday said no one's conscience was shaken when the term 'Muhajir', literally 'migrant' was abused. He said clerics should have demonstrated against Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah's statement. Altaf Hussain said it was now time to move on instead of getting stuck in the past.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that PML-N government is making serious efforts to resolve the issues being faced by the country. He said that the promise of bringing the country out of darkness will be fulfilled under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Ambassador of Norway in Pakistan Leif H Larsen, while emphasising the need for promotion of trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Norway, said his country wanted to promote relations in different sectors with Pakistan especially Punjab. He said this during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here on Thursday. Matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and co-operation in various sectors were discussed at the meeting.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln