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A member of the opposition benches has demanded that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) should reduce Umrah fares. Dr Waseem Akhtar of Jamaat-i-Islami made this demand while raising a point of order during the Punjab Assembly's 11th session on Monday.

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday restored the membership of Nawab Ali Wassan's National Assembly (NA-215) with immediate effect. The ECP notification states, "ECP is pleased to recall its notification of December 9 resultantly the membership of Nawab Ali Wassan stand restored from constituency NA-215 Khairpur-I".
Sindh Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said here on Monday that 316 children have died during last one year in the drought-affected district of Tharparkar. Speaking to newsmen at his office, Jam Mehtab claimed that out of 316 children who died in Tharparkar in the last 12 months (from January 14 to December 14), nine children died due to malnutrition.
The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, on Monday halted the execution of death sentences awarded to five terrorists in an attack on an army camp in Gujrat in 2012. Ehsan Azeem, Asif Idrees, Aamir Yousaf, Kamran Aslam and Umer Nadeem were awarded death sentence by a military court for their involvement in a terrorist attack which claimed the lives of seven security personnel.
An accountability court on Monday rejected the acquittal plea of former President Asif Ali Zardari in two references filed against him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 1997. An accountability court Judge, Muhammad Bashir, while hearing the corruption cases filed by NAB against Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, rejected Zardari's request seeking acquittal in the SGS and the Cotecna references.
A government prosecutor said on Monday he had been forced to delay his appeal against a court order which grants bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. A judge in an Islamabad anti-terror court last week granted bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the siege on India's commercial capital that left 166 people dead and was blamed on the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The Lahore High Court here on Monday sought replies from federal and provincial governments by January 12 in response to a petition seeking details of the prisoners on death row in the jails. Earlier, petitioner Azhar Siddique contended that the conviction and execution of foreign prisoners was suspended before 2008 and no reason was announced.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyDecember 22, 2014
Reserves $14.042 bln