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A joint military group of Pakistan and Afghanistan will discuss within two weeks measures for effective border control and possible co-ordinated military actions against the terrorist hideouts, said Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Saturday said military operations will continue till the last terrorist is eliminated from our soil. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief expressed these remarks while talking to SSG commandos in Khyber Agency.
Security forces Saturday killed at least five militants including a key commander during an operation against terrorists in Bazargari area of the Frontier Region of Peshawar. The clash took place near the town of Darra Adam Khel, leaving five militants, including key commander Mustafa alias Manan of Darra Adamkhel Taliban, dead. Mustafa is reportedly a brother of Umar Mansoor, the alleged mastermind of the Peshawar school massacre. Two security personnel were also injured in the clash, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
A US drone strike killed at least five militants in North Waziristan on Saturday, security officials said, warning that the death toll was expected to rise. "A US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Mada Khail neighbourhood of Datta Khail area in North Waziristan killing five militants. The death toll is expected to rise," a senior security official requesting anonymity told AFP. The incident was confirmed by local intelligence sources.
As Pakistan lifts moratorium on death penalty after the Peshawar massacre, economic experts fear that it may harm the GSP Plus status if the government decides to execute all condemned prisoners. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lifted a moratorium on death penalty after 132 children, including nine staff members, were killed in an army-run school in Peshawar by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Power loadshedding is expected to increase dramatically across the country from December 25, 2014 onwards due to routine annual closure of canals resulting in a loss of 2000 MW electricity generated from hydel sources, well-informed sources told Business Recorder.
The federal government has directed as many as 15 public sector organisations to ensure that the process of appointments of their heads is completed by December 31. Sources in Establishment Division maintained that 33 departmental heads have been appointed and appointments of the heads of another 15 organisations, including Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), are in final stages.
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ICT 2014

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