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The new government of Afghanistan provides Pakistan with a unique opportunity to revisit its past policies and work together along with China for prosperity, peace and stability of the region. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz on Monday underlined: "There is a hope and optimism in Afghanistan. I believe that democratic transition in Afghanistan is a moment of pride for Pakistan as well," he said.

The sixth round of bilateral, political consultations was held between Pakistan and the Czech Republic here on Monday. The Pakistan side was led by Nadeem Riyaz, Additional Secretary (Europe), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whereas the Czech delegation was headed by Professor Petr Drulak, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Senator Pervez Rashid, Federal Minister for Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Monday said culture made it easier for people to understand one another in a better way, thus enabling them to overcome cross cultural barriers. Culture diversity was the fundamental feature of the world's cultures and the form of manifestation of world civilisation.
Pakistan armed forces will keep a close watch on scheduled Indo-China joint counter-terrorism exercise next month in Pune (India), defence sources said. India-China will field 103 soldiers each for the 'hand-in-hand' manoeuvres in Pune that involve scenarios such as recapturing a border post taken over by terrorists.
Afghan authorities and Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have furnished in writing that they have received all their goods and nothing was found missing. When the issue of missing containers scam was raised by members at the inter-ministerial committee meeting for bilateral and Afghan Transit Trade held in Islamabad recently, FBR Officials informed that no Afghan authority or importer or ISAF complained that they had not received their goods.
President Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignations of Shamsh Kassim Lakha and Dr Ishrat Hussain as members, BISP Board and has appointed the following on the BISP Board for a period of three years: They are Dr Zeba A. Sathar, as non-government member; Dr Sania Nishtar, as non-government member; Secretary/Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as government member and Secretary/Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division, as government member.
Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lieutenant General Abdul Qadir Baloch (Retd) has said that Pakistan is a nuclear power and the N-capability is not for keeping in cold storage, but can be used whenever required. The minister said this while speaking on the floor of the Lower House of the Parliament during discussion on a motion moved by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjeez Tahir.


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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 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln