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Legislators demand govt to resolve farmers' issues on priority ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentarians on Thursday demanded of the government to resolve the issues of farmers of all provinces on priority basis.Speaking in the National Assembly, they strongly condemned the Punjab Police attack in Lahore on farmers and demanded transparent inquiry of the incident.They said the government should also take strict action against the persons, who are responsible for the incident.Awami National Party (ANP) senior leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour while condemning the Lahore incident said that negotiation was the only solution of all the problems and the government should adopt the policy of talks with farmers to address their issues.Member Jamat-e-Islami Sher Akbar Khan requested the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control to order inquiry of the Lahore incident.Muthidda Quami Movement (MQM) member Asif Hasnain condemned the beating of farmers in Lahore and said that the government should address their issues as soon as possible as agriculture is backbone of ...

ECP issues schedule for by-poll in PK 95 ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday announced to hold by-election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa constituency PK-95 Lower Dir-II on May 07, 2015.This seat of provincial assembly had fallen vacant after election of Jamat-e-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq to the Senate of Pakistan.According to the schedule issued by the ECP, public notice will be issued by Returning Officer on March 30, 2015 and dates for filing nomination papers have been set for April 02 and 03.Scrutiny of ...

Govt pays Rs 477 per bag subsidy on imported urea, NA told ISLAMABAD: The Government was paying a sum of Rs 477 as subsidy on each 50 kg bag of imported urea, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research, Rajab Ali Baloch told National Assembly on Thursday.Answering the question of Ms Nighat Parveen, he said a sum of Rs 41.3 billion subsidy has been paid in the form of feed gas.He said the Government was striving to reduce the input of farmers, adding that he was ...

Govt not to extend amnesty policy of holding dual NICOP, passport: NA informed ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Interior and Narcotics Control, Ms Maryam Aurangzeb Thursday informed the National Assembly that the government would not further extend the amnesty policy of holding dual National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and passport of the overseas Pakistanis.Replying to a Calling Attention Notice, Maryam Aurangzeb said that the previous and present governments announced the amnesty policy four times to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014.She said the ...

WAPDA owes Rs. 149,919 million of various IPPs till Feb 2015, NA told ISLAMABAD: Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) owed a sum of Rs.149,919 million of circular debt to various Independent Power Producers (IPPs) till Feb 2015, State Minister for Water& Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali told National Assembly on Thursday.Answering the question of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, he said that due to government efforts, there is a reduction in circular debt during the last two- year. A large number of steps were being taken to eliminate ...

Govt initiates various steps to overcome housing shortage, NA told ISLAMABAD: The government has taken a number of steps to overcome housing shortage in the country, National Assembly was informed on Thursday.Ministry of Housing and Works has launched a scheme for Minorities named as "Re-settlement of Christian Community at Quetta" by the previous government during 2009-10.The scheme financed on 50:50 sharing by federal and provincial governments, Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani informed the National Assembly in a written reply.He said that federal ...

SHC declares hepatitis drug's purchase process illegal KARACHI: A single member bench of Sindh High Court, comprising Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui, through an order on Thursday overthrew the decision by the provincial health authorities to purchase costly hepatitis drug from two multinational companies (MNCs).The bench acknowledging that this was depriving local pharma companies of level playing ground scraped tender to buy costly hepatitis medicine from MNCs.Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui who had reserved the judgement on March 6, announcing the same Thursday, termed ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
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