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Leading industrialist and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Group Leader Gohar Ejaz has said that lack of education and unemployment are the major reasons behind surge of terrorism in the country. While addressing the concluding session of international symposium here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Wednesday, Gohar said that industrialists are fully aware of what is going on in the country but they would keep enhancing production capacity of the economy and would not let lose Pakistan's market share to its competitors.

Dense fog engulfed the national highways, including Motorway on Wednesday, causing traffic hurdles across the country. It may be noted that the intensity of fog is on the rise since last few days. It has brought down temperature below to single digit, intensifying the cold weather. The visibility has dropped to five to 20 metre on major roads of the country.
All timings are in PST (Pakistan Standard Time).

The weather report on Wednesday (December 17, 2014) and the forecast for Thursday (December 18, 2014).

Taliban insurgents killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, after storming an army-run school on Tuesday in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack. Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in Peshawar and six gunmen in government paramilitary uniforms went from classroom to classroom shooting children, some as young as 12. Chief military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said 132 students and nine staff were killed in the eight-hour onslaught.
Eyewitnesses and security sources said a group of armed men, wearing security forces uniform, arrived in a Suzuki pick-up around 10:00am. They set their vehicle on fire before attacking the Army Public School. Students were held hostage for several hours. Soon after blast, security forces completely cordoned off the main Khyber road and other link roads leading towards school, whereas worried parents gathered outside the school.
Afghan Taliban on Tuesday condemned the deadly attack on the army school in Peshawar which killed 141 people including 132 students. "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is shocked at the incident and share the pain of the families of the children died in the attack," the spokesman for Afghan Taliban said in rare comments. Pakistani Taliban had earlier claimed responsibility for the attack.


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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 $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln