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Govt to strictly implement reward & punishment policy: Mushahid Ullah ISLAMABAD: Central Secretary Information of Pakistan Muslim League-N Mushahid Ullah Khan Monday said that the government would strictly implement the reward and punishment policy for eradicating terrorism and putting the country on the path of progress."We had become an ally of international powers in war against terror but could not devise a sustainable and effective policy to get rid of the menace," Mushahid Ullah said in a statement here.He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not only in favour of strict action against terrorists but wanted to remove the causes of terrorism.The spokesman said the government was planning to provide all necessary facilities, including infrastructure, health and education to the people of tribal areas and Federally Administerd Tribal Areas.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

Reply sought from govt on plea for details of death-row convicts LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a detailed reply by January 12 from the federal and provincial governments on an application seeking details of prisoners including foreigners on death-row in jails.Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa passed the orders on an application filed by Judicial Activism Panel (JAP), a public interest litigation firm, in a pending petition against moratorium on implementation of death penalty.Earlier, the petitioner's counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique arguing before the court submitted ...
PM congratulates Finance Minister for increase in forex reserves ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday congratulated Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for the successful increase in Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves that have exceeded US 15 billion dollars.The Finance Minister in a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister said out of these US $10 billion were with the State Bank of Pakistan while the rest were with the Commercial Banks.The Finance Minister also informed him of the new economic targets and measures, aimed at further ...
Saad directs DS to retrieve PR lands from land mafia LAHORE: Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways (PR) Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday directed the Divisional Superintendent (DS) to utilise all resources for retrieving the PR lands from land mafia.Addressing a two-day Divisional Superintendent Conference here at Railways Headquarters, he stressed for improving Railways operational system, to facilitate passengers and ensure trains arrival and departure according to schedule.He also directed to provide additional coaches to trains when needed and must focus on ways to overcome deficit ...
Constitution, laws being followed for dealing with national matters: Irfan ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Affairs, Irfan Siddiqui on Sunday said that the Constitution and laws are being followed while dealing with national issues.Talking to a news channel, he said that terrorists do not believe in civilization, laws, Constitution of the country.He said that the state cannot adopt uncivilized or unconstitutional ways for dealing with the matters of terrorists or execution process.He said that the people who were given death penalty are ...
Chinese delegation meets Hamza Shahbaz LAHORE: A six-member Chinese delegation led by Mr Chen Fengxiang, Vice Minister of the Communist Party of China (CPC), called on MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif here at the main party secretariat on Sunday.Hamza Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the delegation and highlighted that terrorism in all its manifestation shall be rooted out from the soil of Pakistan and a decisive military action was underway.He also mentioned that Pak-China time-tested friendship would get a more meaningful expression after ...
President inquires after health of Peshawar tragedy victims PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and inquired after the health of students injured during the last week terrorist attack.The President lauded the courage and bravery of the injured students and expressed his satisfaction over treatment and medical facilities provided to them.Later, the President also held a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi.He was briefed over the law and order situation in the province and FATA.Copyright APP ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyDecember 22, 2014
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