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Eight soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in restive north-west, officials said Wednesday, as security forces carried out a clearance operation. "Eight soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) during fierce fighting and exchange of fire with terrorists," a local security official based in Peshawar told AFP. He said that 21 militants were also killed.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said here on Wednesday that Operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber-I were successfully under way in North Waziristan Agency and Tehsil Bara Khyber Agency and major triumph gained by security forces in the operations has greatly helped reduced incidents of terrorism.
Pakistan was elected Wednesday to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the economic arm of the United Nations, with Ambassador Masood Khan saying it reflected the prestige Pakistan enjoys in the international community. In the balloting in the 193-member General Assembly, Pakistan received 181 votes, and its three-year term on ECOSOC will begin on January 1, 2015.
Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Acting High Commissioner and lodged a protest over the killing of a Pakistani inadvertent crosser by firing of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troops deployed at Tashpura Post, Foreign Ministry said. Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that a Pakistani inadvertent crosser, Touqeer s/o Shabbir was killed by firing of Indian BSF troops deployed at Tashpura Post, when he along with two others, was cutting grass in Shakargarh, Narowal, when the three inadvertently crossed the international border.
Since the formation of tropical cyclone Nilofar, Pakistan Navy has taken a number of initiatives and is ready with requisite assets to provide assistance to the inhabitants of Coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan in case of any emergency.
Pakistan on Wednesday lodged a protest with India over the indiscriminate firing by Indian troops in Rawlakot sector that resulted in killing of a 70-year-old civilian. According to Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, the protest was lodged through diplomatic channels over the indiscriminate firing by the Indian forces on Tuesday.
Outgoing Director General Inter Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) Lieutenant General Zaheer-ul-Islam made a farewell call on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said ISI, being the premier intelligence agency of the country, was playing a vital role in safeguarding the strategic interests of the country.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln