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PTI's demand of technocrats govt unconstitutional, undemocratic: Marvi Memon ISLAMABAD: Chairperson National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Marvi Memon Wednesday said the demand of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for setting up a technocrats' government was unconstitutional and undemocratic.Talking to PTV, she said PTI was showing immaturity by not accepting the governments' repeated offers to resolve political issues through dialogue.Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, she said, showed great statesmanship, sensibility and flexibility in his address to the nation by giving workable solutions of issues.She said the Prime Minister announced to set up a judicial commission to probe rigging allegations in the elections 2013, and PTI's march was unjustified following this announcement.Marvi Memon said a 33-member Parliamentary Electoral Reforms Committee (PERC) was in place and PTI Chief Imran should participate in its proceedings to improve and further cleanse the existing system.She said delay in formation of a committee was because of late submission of members' names by their respective parties.She ...

Govt to give way to PTI's march if route decided: Mashhood LAHORE: Provincial Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan Wednesday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's long march would be given way but its leadership would have to decide the route first.Addressing a press conference here, he said there were so many security threats to the national political leadership in view of terrorists' presence in the province.He, however, said the province was still safe due to a comprehensive security policy made by the Punjab government and it would ...
Sheikh Rashid, Chaudhrys hatching conspiracies against democracy: Lawmakers ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of various political parties has said that Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Chaudhry brothers enjoyed power under the umbrella of a dictator and now are hatching conspiracies against democracy.Talking to APP, PML-N Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah said that Sheikh Rashid and Chaudhry brothers could not hoodwink the people as they know their political calibre.Zafar Ali Shah said Sheikh Rashid should remember that people could not be hoodwinked through false and fiery speeches as ...
Parliament, not protest, provides way to electoral reforms: Senator Shahi Syed WASHINGTON: Awami National Party Senator Shahi Sayed has said Parliament is the only constitutional platform to enact reforms in the electoral process and that protests cannot achieve that objective.Sayed, who is in the United States for a private visit, said his party favours electoral reforms but opposes moves like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's planned protests on the Independence Day as the ANP believes in continuation of the democratic system."The PTI can introduce amendments to the constitution for ...
Marvi reminds PTI of its democratic obligations ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Marvi Memon on Tuesday reminded the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of its political and democratic obligations and advised its leadership to dissociate from Dr Tahirul Qadri. Speaking in the National Assembly on the present political situation, she said alliance with Qadri would damage the credibility of PTI if its leaders did not act sanely. She asked both the leaders (Qadri and Imran Khan) not to understand ...
Parliamentarians debate on political situation; stress upon uplift of democracy ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday suspended the proceedings of the House and the members of the House started debate on current political situation and its impact on country.Parliamentarians stressed upon uplifting of democracy and constitution of the country and raised a joint voice for not letting anti-democratic forces in putting the country in political chaos.Initiating debate, Mehmood Khan Achakzai said that anti-democratic forces were busy in derailing democracy and putting country in political turmoil."I ...
DCO imposes ban on wheelie, aerial media coverage RAHIM YAR KHAN: District Coordination Officer (DCO) Nabeel Javed has imposed a ban under section 144 on one wheeling by bikers in the district till Aug 14.Meanwhile, under this same regulation, the DCO has also prohibited aerial or drone media coverage.This ban would continue for a month, after approval by the Home Department, sources told this scribe here on Tuesday.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
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WeeklyMay 21, 2015
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