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The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday announced that it would not extend the ceasefire, alleging the government's "non-seriousness" in making any progress on its demands - the release of its non-combatant prisoners and establishment of "peace-zone". In a statement released to the media, Shahidullah Shahid, spokesperson for the banned TTP, said that six days had passed when the group extended the unilateral ceasefire, but there was a complete silence in the power corridors regarding the peace talks.

Bilateral political consultations were held between Pakistan and Lithuania here on Wednesday. The Pakistan side was led by Nadeem Riyaz, Additional Secretary (Europe), whereas the Lithuanian delegation was headed by Ms Ina Marciulionyte, Director, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department of Lithuania and comprised Ambassador Kestutis Kudzmanas, Lithuanian non-resident Ambassador to Pakistan and Ms Lina Skerstoninaite, Head of Asia Pacific Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) Thursday, to which the chiefs of all the three armed forces have also been invited. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mehmood and the Director General (DG) of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Zaheer ul Islam will also attend the meeting.
Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday that enhanced defence capabilities require a strong economy and society and the government is focussed on accelerating the pace of socio economic development in the country to ensure both peace and prosperity. This he said while talking to Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila who called on him here.
The top five Defence shows in the world in which 1000 companies from 50 countries are participating is currently being held in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpure, Malaysia. Group pavilions of 28 countries from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine USA and ASEAN countries have been set up in the exhibitions, says a press release issued here on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday discussed several issues facing the country including the ongoing tension between the government and military, Taliban talks, Protection of Pakistan Bill, 2013, national security and political situation in the country, it is learnt. According to sources, first both the leaders held a delegation-level talks.
A parliamentary panel on Wednesday proposed a new name for the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, as 'Ministry for Public Information, Media and National Heritage'. The National Assembly Standing committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage discussed the recommendations of the Media Commission appointed by the Supreme Court in 2013, and unanimously passed recommendations in this regard.


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln