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PHFA to check sale purchase of 'Haram' edible items: NA told ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Javed Ikhlas on Friday informed the National Assembly that a bill titled Pakistan 'Halal' Food Authority (PHFA) would be enacted to check sale and purchase of 'Haram' (prohibited in Islam) edible items.Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Shahida Akhtar Ali and others regarding sale, purchase of prohibited edible items in the country, Raja Javed Ikhlas said after 18th constitutional amendment the monitoring and checking of these items are the provincial subject.He said the bill has been sent to Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for the approval and will be tabled in National Assembly after the approval.He said provincial governments have to establish Food Authorities and develop a mechanism to check edible items.Punjab has already set up the authority while KPK, Balochistan and Sindh provinces are in process to set up the authority.Maulana Fazalur Rehman asked the government to take action against ...

Govt presents audit reports of over-billing before nation soon: NA told ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad on Friday informed the National Assembly that the government has formed audit teams to look into the over-billing of electricity.He said the facts will be put before the nation as soon as the report of audit teams received.He was responding to a calling attention notice of Kishwer Zehra and others regarding discriminatory directives of NEPRA whereby reduction of electric tariff is not applicable to Karachi ...
Ahsan vows to bring economic stability in country ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said that the government was committed to bring economic stability and continuity in its policies as it was the only way forward for prosperity."We need political stability and continuity in democratic system as all the developed nations progressed through continuity in their policies", he said addressing the Vice-Chancellor Committee meeting, organised by Higher Education Commission, here.Ahsan Iqbal said the development of the country and ...
PM leaves for home after attending SAARC Summit KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left here Thursday for home after attending the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held in the Nepalese capital on November 26-27.The Prime Minister was seen off at the Tribhuvan International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal and senior officials.Besides attending the SAARC Summit, the Prime Minister on the sidelines of the Summit also held bilateral meetings with the leaders of regional countries.Copyright ...
Imran's u-turns proof of his baseless allegations: Siddiq ISLAMABAD: Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Siddiq ul Farooq Thursday said the U-turns taken by Imran Khan on various issues proved that his allegations against different political parties were baseless.Talking to a private TV channel, he said to give new dates every now and then was the only task left with Imran Khan.If the government did not respond to the allegations of PTI chief then those allegations would be assumed correct, he added.Siddiq ul ...
NA Speaker suggests establishment of Pak-Belarus Parliamentary Friendship Group ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq suggested establishment of Pakistan-Belarus Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly of Pakistan and Belarus.Talking to Ambassador of Belarus Andrei G. Ermolovich, he said Parliamentary interaction would bring both countries more closer.Pakistan values its relations with Belarus and wants to further strengthen those ties through parliamentary and economic cooperation.The Speaker said that Pakistan was looking for new trade partners as the government has also offered attractive incentives to foreign ...
Finance Minister arrives Moscow to attend meeting ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar on Thursday arrived in Moscow after successful launching of Sukuk bond in London.Besides other engagements he will attend the Pak-Russia Inter Governmental Commission meeting in Moscow, official sources said.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...


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Banking Review 2013

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