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Capital: Islamabad;Largest city: Karachi . GDP growth (annual %) 2012 :4.2%;
Key Facts

Ambassador :H.E.Mr.Masood Khalid
Full name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Population: 184.7 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 796,095 sq km (307,374 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 65 years (men), 67 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Pakistani Rupee = 100 paisa
Main exports: Textile products, rice, cotton, leather goods
GNI per capita: US $1,050 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .pk
International dialling code: +92


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    The world has finally woken up to the magnitude of what is happening in China. Next months in which events in Europe overshadowed initial the puffing up and again the popping of China’s stock market bubble, daily oscillations on the country’s once-obscure stock exchanges are being blamed for everything from weak oil prices to falling emerging market currencies.

  • The World Bank fails to credit the intelligence of the world’s poor

    At the same time as a statement by the world’s most influential development agency provides evidence that a lot of of its staff are “biased” in their perceptions of the poor and their needs, one may expect eyebrows to be raised. At the same time as the president of that institution — the World Bank, no less — acknowledges the flaw and goes on to call for “measures to mitigate these biases, such as additional rigorously diagnosing the mindsets of the people we are trying to help”, jaws should be dropping.
  • World Bank cuts forecast for growth

    The World Bank has cut its estimate for world increase, warning that the world economy remained overly reliant on the “single engine” of the US recovery.
    The Bank said it expected lower oil prices to provide a boost to world activity. But it warned several headwinds would mitigate the result of the falling cost of crude. These include weak confidence part consumers and businesses and the inability of large central banks to cut interest rates below their record-low levels to boost inflation expectations.
  • New chief justice of Pakistan


    At the same time as the new chief justice of Pakistan took oath of office on 12 December 2013 Pakistan completed an historic changeover during a year that saw the initial civilian government in 67 years complete its constitutionally mandated term. 2013 as well saw Pakistan get a new prime minister, president and chief of army staff. Perhaps no other country has experienced such a total change of its constitutional officers within a schedule year.