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US says Pakistan making sincere effort for Afghan peace WASHINGTON: Pakistan is making a "sincere effort" towards Afghan peace and it wants to make the best use of the "new environment" by aiding a negotiated political settlement to the conflict in the neighboring country, US Special Representative Dan Feldman said."I do think that there is a sincere effort being made by Pakistan at this point to take advantage of this new environment and a recognition that long-term stability on their border is in their interest and that they have a role to play in trying to ensure that there is a peaceful resolution to this process," Feldman, who is special US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said.Feldman, who has years of experience on implementing US policy toward the region, was briefing reporters along with Larry Sampler, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Pakistan and Afghanistan, on the new Afghan leaders' visit to Washington this week.During their ...

Sindh govt to launch fourth phase of R O plants installation in desert areas KARACHI: Sindh Government will launch the fourth phase of Reverse Osmosis (R.O) Plants installation under Drinking Water Hub (DWH) project in the desert areas of Thar, Badin and Mirpurkhas districts in addition to providing 18 R.O plants in District West and 10 in each remaining district of Karachi.This was decided at a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here Friday, to review the implementation on DWH project.The Chief Minister directed the ...

Another rainy spell from March 28 MULTAN: Another rainy spell has been forecast for South Punjab while heavy rains are predicted in northern areas and upper Punjab on March 28 which will continue till March 29.According to Met Office sources, the rainy spell is expected across the region due to presence of a western wave in the country.Light rain has also been predicted in first week of April while weather would remain fair and temperature will increase from the second week ...

ISE-10 Index witnesses bearish trend ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Stock Exchange witnessed bearish trend here on Friday as the ISE-10 index was down by 95.22 points and closed at 3525.98 points.A total of 5,700 shares were traded, which were down by 5,000 shares when compared with previous day's trading of 700 shares.Out of 151 companies, share prices of 33 companies recorded increase while share prices of 118 companies registered decrease whereas no company remained stable in today's trading.Muree Brewery remained the top ...

Muslim Ummah to defend Saudi Arabia unitedly: Ashrafi LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council central chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has said that the Muslim Ummah will unitedly defend Harmain Shareefain and Saudi Arabia in case of any threat.Addressing Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid Khulafa e Rashidin, Johor Town here Friday, he urged the government to ensure an all-out cooperation for solidarity and stability of Saudi Arabia.He said that Houthi rebellions had made hostage of legal government of Yemen, adding that Pakistan should not ...

Pakistan Coast Guards arrest 41 illegal immigrants KARACHI: Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) during spot checking apprehended 41 illegal immigrants including 20 Afghan nationals from Nalient area, near Gwader (Baluchistan).These individuals were proceeding to Iran without valid documents and were poised to use sea border; using unauthorized crossings or routes, said a PCG press release here on Friday.After initial investigation, all arrested persons were handed over to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) authorities for further investigation. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Police nab suspect carrying Rs0.5mn head money HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police have arrested a suspect carrying Rs. 500,000 head money in an injured condition after an exchange of fire near the railway crossing in Hali Road area.A police spokesman informed here Friday that the arrested suspect Faizan Gaddi alias Kalia was nominated in dozens of FIRs of murders, attempted murder, robberies and encounters with police, besides other crimes.According to him, SSP Hyderabad Irfan Baloch said that a team of Hali Road police ...


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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 $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 20, 2015
Reserves $16.132 bln