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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.

Peshawar Carnage has shocked the conscious of humanity and peace loving circles must extend political, moral and religious support to law enforcing agencies to give a befitting response to the terrorists, said Mian Muhammad Adrees, Presidential Candidate for Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce AND Industry (FPCCI) and former President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI).
Advocating an early construction of Kalabagh Dam, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Saturday said that the dam is must for survival of Pakistan, as it is linked to eradication of poverty and hunger. Delay in taking practical steps is already leading the country to irrecoverable disaster in Tharparkar.
The Business community of Southern Punjab on Saturday hailed the Government decision of execution of terrorists and welcomed on the lifting of a moratorium on executions of terrorists on death row. President of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) Mian Iqbal Hassan said that it was a good decision of hanging the terrorists because it would help in minimising the terrorist activities in the country.
Central chairman Khawaja Muhammad Shafiq, Central President Ajmal Baloch and Central Secretary General Naeem Mir of All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, said in their joint statements that due to tragic incident of Peshawar and on special appeal of Anjuman-e-tajran Pakhtunkhwa nation-wide shutter down strike has deferred for an indefinite period.
Vice President of the FPCCI and an important leader of the United Business Group (UBG) of the FPCCI Munawar Mughal breathed his last on Saturday afternoon. Munawar Mughal who started his career as a student leader soon got prominence in trade politics after stepping into the practical life. He remained president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce more than once and led Founder Group.
Gwadar Port''s master plan prepared by Arthur D Little forecasts freight sources in the short-term from urban development, industrialisation process, operation of the port, including petrochemical products relevant to heavy industry and manufacturing. According to the final draft of Operation Planning for Gwadar Port prepared by China Overseas Ports Holding Company Limited November 2014, the short-term forecast for Gwadar Port throughput is 42 to 65 million tons, with liquid bulk and containers as the main contributors. The long-term forecast for Gwadar Port is 321 to 345 million tons.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln