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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday submitted an application to police for the registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and senior police officials for murders and attempted murders. Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif were also named in its application.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notice to federal law officer to respond to the petition seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for allegedly making false statements on the floor of National Assembly.
The President has approved the appointment of Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice of Balochistan High court, as judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has been appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister as recommended by the Judicial Commission and the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment.
Lahore High Court here on Monday issued notice to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to submit reply in response to a petition challenging ban on the use of helicam for media coverage. Earlier, Azhar Siddique advocate argued that the ban on helicam by Pemra authorities was against the Article 19 and 19-A of the Constitution. He said the helicams were being used because of the safety of the journalists.
Former president of Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir said on Monday that political leaders should remove chaos on their own in order to block way of any unconstitutional move in the country. Asma said if army took over the government the stint of military rule would be of minimum 10 years.
Legal fraternity here on Monday observed strike and boycotted the court's proceedings to protest brutal torture on participants of marches and media persons at Islamabad. The lawyers kept themselves away from the routine work and spent their time while sitting in barrooms. Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association had given countrywide strike calls. Litigant public also faced problem due to the boycott as they left courts without any progress.
The District Bar Association here on Monday observed complete strike against the attack by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protesters on Parliament House premises and other government buildings. Lawyers who observed the strike on the call of Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association remained away from court proceedings and several cases were postponed.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln