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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated 26 development projects of education, health and basic infrastructure worth Rs 3.71 billion in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister was visiting AJK to address the 50th session of the AJK Council where he also distributed cheques to financially assist the quake-hit people of Azad Kashmir. Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority briefed the Prime Minister about the ongoing projects in the quake-hit areas of the AJK.

The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Thursday chaired a meeting of the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) here at the Prime Minister's Secretariat. As the Prime Minister has already approved the proposal, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research moved a summary on his direction to ECC to compensate the farmers of basmati rice at the rate of 5000 per acre subject to the following provisions:
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has noted with satisfaction that all the outstanding trades of the KASB Securities Limited (KSL) in the ready market segment were successfully settled. Likewise, all the outstanding contracts in the deliverable futures market have been closed out in close co-ordination with the KSL. Zafar Abdullah, Commissioner Securities Market Division (SMD), SECP, chaired a meeting on Thursday.
Bears tightened their grip on Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and the benchmark 100-share index shed another 517.25 points or 1.63 percent to close at 31,239.04 points Thursday against 31,756.29 points Wednesday. Analyst Ahsan Mehanti said, "Panic selling gripped KSE amid concerns for rising receivables in energy sector and unsettled suspension of a major broker."
Bears tightened their grip on Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and the benchmark 100-share index shed another 517.25 points or 1.63 percent to close at 31,239.04 points Thursday against 31,756.29 points Wednesday. Analyst Ahsan Mehanti said, "Panic selling gripped KSE amid concerns for rising receivables in energy sector and unsettled suspension of a major broker."
Substantial improvement has been observed in the banking sector during July-September quarter of 2014. The profit (before tax) reached historically high level of Rs 176 billion as of end September, 2014 showing 44 percent increase over the end September 2013. Similarly, the return on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE) inched up to 1.4 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively up from 1.1 percent and 12.3 percent a year earlier.
The top EU court's advisor on Thursday rejected Britain's legal challenges to a cap on banking bonuses, dealing a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's government. The ruling is the latest setback to ties between London and Brussels, with Cameron pledging a referendum on leaving the EU in 2017 under pressure from eurosceptic rivals.
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln