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Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) patron-in-chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said on Thursday his party did not require MQM support to stay in power in Sindh. Bilawal's remarks came four days after MQM announced to part its ways with PPP-led Sindh government over his public criticism against MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

Shutter-down strike was observed in different cities of the province on Thursday against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's demand of a new province in Sindh. The strike call was given by Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) chief Ayaz Latif Palijo. According to reports from different parts of interior Sindh, the shutter-down and wheel jam strike was partial to complete.
Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday celebrated 'Special Persons Day' at its sit-in at D-Chowk. PTI chairman Imran Khan thanked the participants of the sit-in, particularly women and special persons for coming and participating in the sit-in. He said that he was moved by their enthusiasm. "I am not asking you to vote for PTI, you're here to realise your abilities," said Imran.
ImageTwo days after calling off a two-month-long anti-government sit-in in Islamabad Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Thursday said that the war continues but the commander has changed the front to achieve the objectives of Revolution Dharna. Addressing a public meeting here the PAT chief said he was not going home but would travel city to city which will take away the sleep of the rulers.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hassan Riaz won the PP-162 Sheikhpura by-election by defeating the rival with a sweeping margin of 17,757 votes. According to unofficial results, Hassan Riaz secured 38,975 votes while the runner-up Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidate Chaudhry Usman Nisar Pannu could draw only 21,218.
Women in particular and people in general, from different sections of the society, on Thursday paid glowing tribute to Begum Nusrat Bhutto, on eve of her third death anniversary. Talking high of the lady, whom they unanimously described to be an adorable human being, the ardent supporters of Nusrat Bhutto said though she largely kept a low profile but was a strong force keeping Pakistan Peoples' Party united after the assassination of her husband Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Earthquake Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) has completed 102 important projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa damaged by October 8, 2005 earthquake with the cost of Rs 4.67 billion. This was revealed to the participants of monthly project review meeting of Erra which held here on Thursday with Major General Mohammad Azeem Asif, Deputy Chairman Erra in the chair. The meeting discussed the pace of work on different on-going projects, progress of completed, under-construction and yet to start projects.


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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