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A scheduled meeting of the members of government-nominated committee with their counterparts from the Taliban side, which was to be chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, could not be held due to a continued deadlock on certain demands forwarded by the Taliban. Talking to Business Recorder, the convenor of the Taliban-nominated Committee, Maulana Yousaf Shah, confirmed that there was still a deadlock on certain issues.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) peace talk's committee member Professor Ibrahim on Saturday said dialogue process is the only way to make peaceful Pakistan as operation cannot establish peace in the country. Talking to media persons he criticised Pakistan People Party (PPP) saying that the PPP wanted peace in the country but also demanded the operation on the parallel side.
The Saudi-Pakistan Friendship Programme recently held in Jeddah has brought people from the two countries closer. This was stated by the World Muslim Congress (WMC) President Abdullah Omar Naseef and WMC Director Tanweer Zaman in Jeddah, the Arab News reported Saturday.
A Spokesman for ISPR condemned the incident of firing on senior anchor Hamid Mir and prayed for his well being and quick recovery. The spokesman said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. However, making allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading, said spokesman of ISPR.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the whole nation was standing united behind its Armed Forces and the state despite financial problems was providing the defence forces with all the possible resources to make the country's defence invincible.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said Saturday that political stability is must for stronger economy and the country's economic condition is improving and we are moving in a right direction with a commitment to steer the country out of prevailing crises.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad on Saturday condemned the attack on Hamid Mir and sought an inquiry report from Inspector General (IG) Sindh. Jamaat-i-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) also condemned the attack, and demanded the arrest of all those involved in the attack.


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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
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WeeklyApril 14, 2014
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