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Pakistan Day & National Integration

  Each year, we enthusiastically celebrate the 23rd of March to commemorate the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of the subcontinent who passed the historic Pakistan Resolution on this day at Iqbal Park in Lahore in 1940. The resolution crystal-clearly presented an independent and sovereign federal state for the Muslims of the subcontinent in which the constituent units or provinces would enjoy greater autonomy. The historic Pakistan resolution presented …

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Gwadar port under Chinese

  Ports and shipping sector plays a vital role in the economic development of a country, as efficient ports and terminals lower the cost of imports, bring revenue through exports, increase our foreign exchange reserves and enhance tax collection. Recent trends in the shipping industry have shown that cargo ships are becoming larger. These vessels have enhanced capacity to transport cargo in bulk quantities which makes commodities cheaper for the …

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Growth challenges for branchless banking in Pakistan

  The banking industry in Pakistan faces tough competition unleashed in the global arena. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have transformed the global economy bringing about a revolutionary change in the financial sector. This revolution finds manifestations today in shape of innovative banking products and services such as Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Internet banking, tele-banking and so on. Online banking has introduced non-traditional channels of delivering services in the banking …

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Livestock a mainstay of Balochistan’s economy running at a loss

  Being a pastoral economy Balochistan is yet to exploit its tremendous potential in livestock sector. Animals are traditionally kept for meeting household milk and meat needs. Livestock development is linked with poverty alleviation in the province, as its 70 percent population is directly or indirectly involved in livestock rearing activities. The province is rich in livestock resources contributing about 40 percent of Pakistan’s total livestock population. The main consumers …

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Fascinating foreign investment opportunities in Balochistan

  Presenting a greater investment opportunity to the foreign investors due to its gifted and natural wherewithal, the province Balochistan, is having all the potential sectors to open the road of economic prosperity for Pakistan. One of the ardent areas for investment in the province is Gwadar Port city which include fish processing, crabs processing, cold storage, ice factories, sea-water reverse osmosis desalination plants, shrimp farming, boat building and naval …

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Banking sector performance: trend, outlook and challenges

  A strong trend in the growth and profitability of banking sector is judged by the stability in the monetary policy, increasing spreads, decrease in nonperforming loans (NPLs) and the selling of stakes by the government in banks to public. The experts see a good trend in banking performance in Pakistan. The country’s banking sector has four categories including large banks with total assets in excess of Rs500 billion; medium …

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Balochistan’s development potential, investment opportunities

  The underdeveloped province, Balochistan, has tremendous prospective for the growth of the economy as it’s economy is largely based on natural resources like production of Sui gas (a biggest gas field in Pakistan), coal and other marketable minerals, while fisheries, mining, manufacturing industries, trade through public and private organizations are the other possessions of this province making it rich in offering investment and can become a healthy marketplace provided …

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Growth of consumer financing in Pakistan: issues & challenges

  Consumer financing has emerged out as one of most prolific aspects of banking in Pakistan as its products including credit cards, personal loans, auto loans and housing mortgage getting prominence and likely demand. It not only contributes towards facilitating the life patterns of consumers, but proves to be a source of improvement for the image building of the banks. Banking sector dealing in consumer finance products has witnessed an …

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A heaven for stolen vehicles trade

  Chaman, a border city near Pakistan-Afghanistan border is one of the top junkyards of stolen vehicles in Balochistan where there are number of scrap yards enjoying such trade. Not only the stolen vehicles are dumped here but their engine and chassis numbers are also tampered at these junkyards. These vehicles are then sold out. The inter-provincial gangs of car lifters have been allegedly involved in snatching and transporting the …

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Growth of Islamic Funds in Pakistan: issues & challenges

  Islamic funds have actually provided a window to a number of individuals, who were previously reluctant to invest because of their religious beliefs. The Islamic funds constitute 12 percent of the overall fund management in Pakistan. The country currently has the total assets worth Rs58 billion under management of Islamic mutual funds. Islamic funds industry is still at its initial stage. Presently, the country has all types of funds …

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