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♦ Finance Minister Miftah Ismail announces that prices of petroleum products will not be increased. He hints at increasing interest rates. He says he will try to clinch a favourable deal with the IMF.
♦ Pakistan-IMF talks will be held in Doha today. Finance Minister Miftah Ismail and acting State Bank governor will take part in the talks. The IMF will be requested to extend Pakistan’s loan programme by one year and increase the amount from $6 billion to $8 billion.
♦ US dollar thrashes Pakistani rupee to reach all time high at Rs201.40.
♦ PM seeks plan from interior ministry to tackle PTI’s long march.
♦ Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will attend World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos today.
♦ The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to hold a power show in Okara today.
♦ Azam Nazeer Tarar has been nominated as Senate Leader of the House and Yousaf Gillani as parliamentary leader.
♦ Government employees protest in front of Parliament House in Islamabad.
♦ Lahore police arrest three suspects involved in abduction of girl student.
♦ Seven people were killed in collision between two buses in Galyat.
♦ A three-year-old child was abducted from Hanjarwal area of Lahore.
♦ A fire that broke out in the forests of Sherani in Balochistan is yet to be overcome.
♦ A fire that broke out in the forests of Khyber district is yet to be overcome.
♦ The shortfall of electricity in the country has touched 5,271 MW. Many areas of the country are experiencing 10-hour loadshedding.
♦ Water level in Pakistani dams falls to a dangerous level.
♦ The question paper of chemistry of Class-X leaks before the start of exam.
♦ Anti-polio campaign starts in the country.
♦ Weather becomes pleasant in several areas.
♦ The country is faced with worst water crisis.
♦ A colonel of Pakistan Revolutionary Guard was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists.
♦ An Indian director stole “Nach Panchaban Nach” song of Abrarul Haq.