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Nawaz-Zardari meeting, a good omen for democracy: Qadir Baloch ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch has said meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari was a positive move by leadership of both parties for progress of the country.He said the meeting would show some better results in future besides further strengthening the Parliament.Talking to PTV, he said that both the parties should work together for the prosperity of the country and termed the meeting a good omen for the future of the Parliament.The democratic parties always discuss the issues and overcome their differences for the sake of democracy and national interest, he added.Abdul Qadir said the continuity of democracy is the only solution for development, uplift and prosperity of the country.Replying to a question regarding Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO), he said it will provide protection and facilitate the masses of the country, make strong institutions and eradicate ...

Listed companies allowed to hold meetings through videoconferencing ISLAMABAD: In order to facilitate shareholders and to ensure their participation in meetings, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has allowed listed companies to hold general meeting through video conferencing facility."Listed companies can hold general meetings through videoconferencing with a view to providing larger participation and lowering attendance costs for shareholders. The facility will allow shareholders residing at different locations to participate in meetings", a statement of the Commission issued here on Thursday ...

President Mamnoon to visit Nigeria on April 21 ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria from April 21 to 23, at the invitation of the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that this is an important visit since it will be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in last three decades. President Mamnoon Hussain will meet President Goodluck Jonathan during his stay in Abuja. The Vice President of Nigeria and senior Nigerian ...

Wheat rate to be increased next year, says Bosan DERA MURAD JAMALI: Federal Minister for Food and Agricultural, Sikandar Hayat Bosan Thursday said the government would increase wheat rate next year, adding that it would purchase all quantity of wheat produced this year. He was addressing at Farmers Convention in Dera Allahyar, the district headquarters of Jaffarabad. He said, "We are aware of difficulties and problems faced by peasants. The government did not increase wheat price due to high price hike," adding that however, ...

Bosnia Ambassador for promoting trade ISLAMABAD: Bosnia enjoys quota free market access to European Union and Pakistan should promote trade relations with Bosnia for getting enhanced market share in European countries.This was stated by Ambassador of Bosnia, Nedim Markarevic while addressing business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry here on Thursday.He said Sarajevo Business Forum being held from May 14-15 provides a good platform to Pakistani entrepreneurs to meet with their counterparts and they should participate in that ...

IRP being pursued in varsities to strengthen manufacturing sector ISLAMABAD: The government is pursuing Industrial Research Programme (IRP) in local engineering universities to redress technical problems of industry and strengthen manufacturing sector in the country.The share of manufacturing in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during last five years remained around 13.5 per cent which showed a decreasing trend with the each passing year.The share of manufacturing in GDP was 13.8 per cent in 2009, 13.6 per cent in 2010, 13.4 per cent in 2011 and ...

SBP mops up Rs 35,000mn in OMO KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday mopped up Rs 35,000 million under its 7-days repo sale through its open market operation (OMO) in Government of Pakistan Market Treasury Bills.The bids offered were of the same amount, said a SBP release here.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
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