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Operating since January 2005, HUM Network is a name that has garnered roaring success and fame during a span of a little more than 10 years. The company offers quality contents in the entertainment genre including serials, soaps and telefilms, both domestically and internationally and has expanded its wings in the recent past by offering HUM TV, HUM Sitaray and Masala TV under its umbrella.

ImageZaigham Rizvi is one of Pakistan's handfuls of housing experts, who has recently set up Pakistan's only think tank on housing called Center for Affordable Settlements and Housing (CASH). Aside from being the Founding Chairman of CASH, Zaigham is also the Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance, which is a forum to promote coalition and co-ordination among the South Asia Countries in determining their housing and housing finance solutions. He is also working as a consultant focusing in the field of housing and housing finance, currently serving as a Director at HBFC Pakistan, the leading housing finance institution in the country. He has also served as an adviser on housing and infrastructure to the State Bank of Pakistan. In this interview Zaigham reflects on the state of housing in Pakistan and how Pakistan can learn a thing or two from its eastern neighbour and the broad contours of the upcoming housing policy.
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long term entity rating of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) for FY14 at 'AAA' (Triple A) and short term entity rating at 'A-1+' (A One Plus). Outlook on the assigned rating is 'Stable'.
For the past 17 years, Anila Haq has spearheaded the establishment and growth of a number of companies under the banner of Haq Holdings. Since 2012, she has been leading the advent of franchising in the domestic economy. BR Research met up with her recently to discuss the opportunities that franchising can present for businesses in the country and also the challenges that are encountered along the way. The following transcript is derived from that conversation.
The Bahrain based leading Islamic banking group, Al Baraka Banking Group BSC (ABG) announced a net profit of $69 million for the first quarter of 2015, reporting an increase of 3% over the net profit of the same period of last year.
EFU General Insurance - the titan of EFU General Insurance - was formed under the financial backing of Agha Khan III and the Nawab of Mughal. It, however, came into being in 1932 where Mr Ghulam Muhammad led the formation of this company. While securing a prominent footing in the country's insurance sector, the insurer is engaged in offering insurance schemes in the field of property, marine/aviation, motor and miscellaneous products. Besides, the company enjoys reinsurance arrangements with leading re-insurers such as Swiss Re of Switzerland, SCOR of France, Hannover Re of Germany, and Lloyd's of London.
The flagship firm of Mian Mansha's renowned Nishat Group, Nishat Mills Limited began its journey in 1951, listing itself on the Karachi Stock Exchange in 1961. By 1992, it was listed on all stock exchanges in the country. Today, its market capitalisation currently stands at well over Rs36 billion.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln