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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to convene a special cabinet meeting to evaluate the performance of ministers ahead of making a likely shuffle or expansion in the Cabinet. The Prime Minister has directed all Ministers to brief Cabinet about the performance of their ministries and departments working under them since June 2013, said a press release issued by the Prime Minister's office on Thursday.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met his Chinese counterpart Lou Jiwei in Beijing on Thursday and the two ministers exchanged views on a wide range of financial and economic matters of interest and areas of co-operation between the two countries. According to a message received here, Dar appreciated China''s all-out support in various fields with particular reference to its role in establishing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
The State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday advised banks and DFIs to reschedule/restructure agriculture, SMEs and micro loans of the flood-affected borrowers. In addition to a concessional re-finance scheme of Rs 10 billion for the revival of economic activities, the central bank has also decided to reschedule loans of flood-affected areas as reported by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The State Bank of Pakistan Thursday announced concessional refinance scheme of Rs 10 billion for the revival of economic activities and to facilitate the flow of fresh credit in the flood-affected areas as reported by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Under the scheme, a mark-up of 8 percent per annum will be charged from the farmers and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of affected areas by banks against their financing for production/working capital loans/advances.
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.
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.
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.
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