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Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Hazaras here on Thursday killing nine, police said, just days ahead of Muharram. The attack took place at a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of city. "At least nine Hazaras were sitting in a minibus after buying vegetables when two gunmen opened fire on them with automatic weapons, killing eight of them and wounding another one," senior local police official Imran Qureshi told AFP.

Two people were killed and 30 wounded in an explosion in Quetta near a vehicle belonging to pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam. "My bullet-proof car has been badly damaged in the blast," Maulana Rehman told a private television channel. Senior Superintendent of Police Asad Raza told Reuters: "The crime scene evidence suggests that it was a suicide blast." Maulana Rehman was the target of the attack," Balochistan Home Minister, Sarfaraz Bugti told a private television channel.
The Foreign Minister of Nepal Mahendra Bahadur Pandey called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday. He is on a visit to Islamabad currently to personally handover an official invitation from the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Sushil Koirala, addressed to the Prime Minister for his participation at the 18th SAARC Summit, to be held on November 26-27, 2014 in Kathmandu. The Prime Minister while thanking the dignitary for the gesture and wishing a successful Summit, said that he was looking forward to attending the Summit.
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the festival of Diwali Thursday with a visit to Indian held Kashmir region to rally the morale of troops after recent deadly clashes with Pakistan. Modi, who also visited victims of floods that devastated parts of held Kashmir last month, met soldiers based on a Himalayan glacier as he bolstered his Hindu nationalist credentials in what is India's only Muslim-majority state.
Pakistan has decided to launch an awareness campaign against India on violation of human rights and criminal activities carried out by Indian forces in Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir. Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said this on Thursday in the Senate that Pakistan is going to mobilise overseas Kashmiris, think tanks and social media as comprehensive tools to create awareness about the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan said Thursday that India is constructing new bunkers on the Working Boundary in violation of a bilateral agreement. Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a weekly press briefing that there is an agreement between Pakistan and India since 2010 that within 500 meters of the Working Boundary, no new constructions will take place.
The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution against Indian aggression on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary. The resolution was moved by Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in the House, which was unanimously adopted by the house.


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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 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln