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Malir, Lyari strong hold of PPP: Qaim Ali           KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah said that, Malir and Lyari are the strong hold of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).   He was speaking at a public meeting in Murad Memon Goth, Gadap Town, Malir here on Thursday.   An important political personality of the area Sardar Jam Bijar Khan has arranged the reception in connection with the joining of the PPP along with his `Biradri' and friends.   Provincial ministers Agha Siraj Durrani, Sajid Hussain Jokhio, Special Assistants to CM Sindh, Rashid Hussain Rabbani, Waqar Medhi, Salman Abdullah Murad, veteran PPP leader Pro. N.D. Khan, Sadiq Memon, Najmi Alam, Abdul Razzak Raja, party workers and people were present on the occasion in great numbers.   Syed Qaim Ali Shah congratulated Sardar Jam Bijar Khan and his colleagues on joining the PPP.   He pointed out that the past governments had ignored the Malir area. However, the present democratic government undertook a lot of development in Malir and ...

Govt taking measures to maintain peace: Shehla           ISLAMABAD: Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly and Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, Shehla Raza on Thursday said that the government is taking measures to maintain peace in the country.   She underlined the need for collective efforts to curbing terrorism in the region.   Talking to a private television channel, she said that the government is giving top priority to maintain law and order situation in the country.   She said that some elements were targeting Hazara community since long.   Replying to a ...

NA body approves National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill           ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior Thursday approved the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Bill, 2013, unanimously, with certain changes.   The committee met here at the Ministry of Interior with Abdul Qadir Patel in the chair, said a press release.   Briefing the committee, the National Coordinator of the Authority said in order to root out terrorism and extremism from the country, there was a dire need to establish such an authority which would act and ...

NA body recommends to put on hold posting of Commercial Counsellors           ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Commerce here on Thursday directed the ministry of commerce to put on hold the positing of trade attache until the record is examined by the committee.   Speaking in the meeting of the committee, held with Engineer Khuram Dastgir Khan in the chair, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor said that the ministry should submit the record of test conducted by the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) and the list of ...

MQM CC flays repealing of the SPLGA 2012           KARACHI: The Co-ordination Committee (CC) of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has condemned the repealing of the Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 and reverting to the old local bodies system of 1979.   A statement issued by MQM here on Thursday that a joint meeting of the committee was held in London and Pakistan simultaneously to deliberate on the situation arising after the passage of the Bill for this purpose in the Sindh Assembly by the PPP.   The ...

LPG distributors welcome LPG prices cut           LAHORE: LPG Distributors Association Pakistan has appreciated the government for taking bold initiatives under LPG Policy 2013 resulting substantial decrease in LPG prices.   Irfan Khokhar, Chairman of the association said here on Thursday that Rs 15 cut in per Kg price of LPG has been made from Thursday.   The impact of reduction in LPG prices on domestic cylinder would be Rs 170 and commercial cylinder Rs 650, he added.   All this could happen owing to the series of ...

SC sets aside stay order against tax increase           LAHORE: A division bench of the Supreme Court Thursday set aside the stay order granted by the Lahore High Court (LHC) against tax increase on incoming international calls.   The bench headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani passed the orders on an appeal filed by M/S ADG LDI (Pvt) Limited against LHC interim order. The bench was hearing the matter at Supreme Court Lahore Registry.   Earlier, the petitioner's counsel submitted before the court that a LHC single bench ...


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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
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