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Two militant attacks in north-western killed eight people, including five policemen, on Tuesday, officials said. In one of the attacks, gunmen ambushed a police patrol on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar, killing five policemen and a civilian, said police officer Fazal Wahid. He said the police chased the attackers and killed some of the militants in a shootout.

The US government must make public secret papers justifying drone attacks against suspected terrorists, including American citizens, a New York federal appeals court ordered Monday. The case was brought by The New York Times and two of its journalists in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case supported by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Interior Ministry has convened a joint meeting of Government Peace Negotiation committee and Taliban intermediary committee to held on Wednesday (today). The meeting will discuss the progress in dialogue process and will decide about future strategy. It will also review cease-fire announcement by Taliban.
The government's 'leniency' towards militants came under a sharp criticism by opposition lawmakers in Senate Tuesday who staged a walkout from the house in protest against the presence of a dual policy vis-à-vis militancy in the country. Speaking in 'zero-hour' discussion in Senate, Raza Rabbani of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said the National Security Policy of the government was no different from what he termed: "looking for a black cat in the dark room".
The government has started back channel efforts by engaging religious scholars to end the impasse in the peace process with the militants following the TTP's refusal to further extend the cease-fire, it was learnt. Sources privy to the development told Business Recorder that the Ulema has been given the task to persuade the Taliban to stop attacks on security forces and public as well private properties in order to take the dialogue process forward.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations Shah Farman has stressed the need to establish better relations with the people of neighbouring countries and strengthening state to state ties. He said that development and as well as improvement in the life standard of the people of the neighbouring countries interlinked with better relations.
High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Pakistan Philip Barton called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Tuesday and discussed overall security situation in the region with particular reference to FATA and Afghanistan. The Minister said that peace in Afghanistan is must for entire region peace and Pakistan will continue to work closely with new Afghan government for establishing lasting peace in the region.


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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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