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Govt releases Rs 69,567.359 mln for water projects so...

Jun 02, 2020: The government has released a sum of Rs 69,567.359 million for various water resource projects under annual Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2019-20 so far.

According to the data of Planning Commission, an amount of Rs118,627.359 million was allocated for various water resource sectors in the current fiscal year.

A sum of Rs16,000 million has been released for Diamer Basha Dam (Dam part), Rs 10400 million for Diamer Basha dam (Land Acquisition & Resettlement), Rs 1320.960 million for Kachhi Canal Project Dera Bughti, Rs1,321.780 million Lower Indus Right Bank Irrigation & Drainage Project (RBOD-1) and Rs 2,700 million for construction of 100 dams in Balochistan. Similarly, an amount of Rs8,510 million has been released for Mohmand Dam (Dam Part), Rs1500 million for Balochistan Effluent Disposal into (RBOD-I, RBOD-III), Jafarabad, Rs 1,775 million for construction of Basool Dam (Ormara), Rs201.20 million for construction of Khazeena Dam Zamri, Rs 1,100 million for construction of small dams in Sindh, Rs 700 million for construction of small dams in Mansehra district, Rs1,748.184 million for Garuk Storage Dam Kharan, Rs426.330 million for Remedial Measures to Control waterlogging (Muzaffargarh), Rs1,500 million for Balochistan Effluent Disposal into RBOD.I (RBOD-III), Jafarabad, Nasirabad, Rs 700 million for small dams in KPK and Rs 900 million for raising of Baran Dam Bannu.

A total of Rs 2,523 million has been released for Makhi Farah Link Canal Project, Rs 600 million for Remodeling of Warsak Canal, Rs 2,711.754 for Lining of Distributaries and Minors in Sindh, Rs 2,300 million for Winder Dam, Rs 300 million for construction of small dams in Khuzdar, Rs 800 million for increasing storage capacity and improvement in command area of Tanda dam and Rs 3,000 million for Kurram Tangi dam Project.


PMEX Commodity Index closes 84 points higher

June 2, 2020: On Monday at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited, PMEX Commodity Index closed at 4,216-level, adding 84 points.  The traded value of Metals, Energy and COTS/FX was recorded at 5.650 billion and the number of lots traded was 8,982.

The major business was contributed by Gold amounting to PKR 2.018 billion, followed by Currencies through COTS (PKR 1.527 billion), Silver (PKR 899.365 million), NSDQ 100 (PKR 358.638 million), Platinum (PKR 254.172 million), Crude Oil (PKR 229.333 million), Natural Gas (PKR 145.357 million), SP500 (PKR 92.221 million), DJ (PKR 83.025 million), Japan Equity (PKR 601.546 million) and Copper (PKR 8.312 million).

In agriculture commodities, 20 lots of Cotton amounting to PKR 9.683 million one lot of Soybean amounting to PKR 6.924 million, one lot of Wheat amounting to PKR 4.249 million and one lot of Corn amounting to PKR 2.686 million were traded.

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Closing Bell: Back in the high life again

June 2, 2020 (MLN): Following the upbeat momentum of yesterday’s trade, the KSE-100 Index climbed up by 386 points or an increase of 1.13 percent to close at 34,408-level on Tuesday, in line with global market’s optimism for economic recovery.

The reduction in profit rates of the National Saving Scheme along with inflation readings, NCPI, which came largely in line with market expectations injected vitality into the capital markets.

According to the closing note by Aba Ali Habib Securities, the investors remained active in anticipation of business-friendly budget due on 12 June 2020. Moreover, the smart lockdown policy by the government while opening up all business contributed to the improvement in investors’ sentiments.

The Index remained positive throughout the session touching an intraday high of 34,525.40

Of the 94 traded companies in the KSE100 Index, 59 closed up 29 closed down, while 6 remained unchanged. Total volume traded for the index was 159.97 million shares.

Sectors propping up the index were Commercial Banks with 328 points, Oil & Gas Exploration Companies with 37 points, Automobile Parts & Accessories with 13 points, Technology & Communication with 13 points and Automobile Assembler with 11 points.

The most points added to the index were by MCB which contributed 88 points followed by UBL with 81 points, HBL with 62 points, BAFL with 34 points and POL with 29 points.

Sector-wise, the index was let down by Fertilizer with 22 points, Pharmaceuticals with 18 points, Inv. Banks / Inv. Cos. / Securities Cos. with 13 points, Oil & Gas Marketing Companies with 3 points and Power Generation & Distribution with 3 points.

The most points taken off the index was by FFC which stripped the index of 17 points followed by DAWH with 14 points, SEARL with 11 points, HMB with 11 points and OGDC with 7 points.

All Share Volume increased by 23.60 Million to 221.69 Million Shares. Market Cap increased by Rs.53.61 Billion.

Total companies traded were 358 compared to 354 from the previous session. Of the scrips traded 172 closed up, 161 closed down while 25 remained unchanged.

Total trades increased by 5,780 to 91,427.

Value Traded increased by 1.36 Billion to Rs.8.62 Billion


Top Ten by Volume

Pak Elektron14,217,000
TRG Pakistan12,572,500
Hascol Petroleum12,348,500
The Bank of Punjab11,797,500
Unity Foods10,902,000
National Bank of Pakistan10,234,500
Maple Leaf Cement Factory8,140,000
Fauji Foods7,040,000
Siddiqsons Tin Plate5,876,000
Bank Alfalah5,811,653



Top Sector by Volume

Commercial Banks50,046,430
Technology & Communication24,331,400
Cable & Electrical Goods14,946,250
Oil & Gas Marketing Companies14,853,886
Food & Personal Care Products12,879,150
Vanaspati & Allied Industries10,903,300
Power Generation & Distribution9,304,996
Textile Composite8,371,000
Oil & Gas Exploration Companies8,098,390



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PKR trades 81 paisa lower against USD

June 02, 2020 (MLN): Pakistani rupee (PKR) depreciated by 81 paisa against US Dollar (USD) in today's interbank session as the currency closed the day's trade at PKR 164.9 per USD, against yesterday's closing of PKR 164.08 per USD.

2.05 rupees per USD showing an intraday high bid of 166.00 and an intraday Low offer of 164.20.

Within the Open Market, PKR was traded at 164/165.5 per USD.

Meanwhile, the currency lost 3.3 rupees to the Pound Sterling as the day's closing quote stood at PKR 206.91 per GBP, while the previous session closed at PKR 203.66 per GBP.

Similarly, PKR's value weakened by 1.3 rupees against EUR which closed at PKR 184.1 at the interbank today.

On another note, within the money market, the overnight repo rate towards close of the session was 8.15/8.30 percent, whereas the 1 week rate was 8.00/8.05 percent.

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COVID-19 brings a windfall to shipping lines

June 2, 2020: The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has expressed its dismay and concern at the helplessness of the importers and exporters who are being exploited by shipping lines operating to Pakistani ports by taking advantage of lockdowns of over two months and charging hefty amounts of container detention charges and penalties from consignees.

Due to the long period of lockdown and closure of industries as well as transport, importers were unable to obtain clearance from Customs and take delivery of their imported cargo well beyond the allowed free time. Consequently, the agents of shipping lines are recovering penal charges which may range from $150 to $250 per container per day, in addition to other charges and penalties at their discretion. Moreover, in total disregard of the foreign exchange regulations, the conversion rate of Rupee to Dollar is taken as Rs.167 to Rs.168 during April and early May 2020 against the official rate of Rs.159 to Rs.161 to a dollar.

It is noteworthy that Pakistani ports are the most unregulated in the region with lax rules having no clear guidelines, regulatory framework or specified tariffs for container detention, Terminal Handling Charges (THC) and other miscellaneous charges outside the THC which are unjust and illegal. Ministry of Maritime Affairs has hardly paid any attention in the last two years of present government to regulate the activities of shipping lines and their agents.

To some extent Statutory provisions in the Customs Act 1969 and relevant Rules, confer powers to the customs authorities to regulate the functions of shipping lines and monitor their charges. But in the present unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, FBR and Customs Preventive have also failed to come to the rescue of importers and protect Pakistan’s economic interests in the face of immense clout and ability of the shipping lines to circumvent any such leverage by Customs.

Importers and clearing agents are forced to pay these discretionary charges without contest because the delay of each single day increases the cost of imported cargo and there have been instances where detention charges have accumulated to a level where the entire value of cargo was wiped out and customs authorities had to auction the cargo to recover their dues.

Miseries of importers and industries who import raw materials, were compounded by heavy demurrage incurred on these consignments which is payable to Private Terminal Operators. They have strongly resisted the orders by Ministry of Maritime Affairs and KPT to give any concession to importers despite clear directives from Ministry of Maritime Affairs and KPT. 

However subsequently with the intervention by Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar and the efforts of Siraj Kassam Teli, Chairman-Businessmen Group and Vice Chairman-KPT Board of Trustees,  a compromise formula has been worked out between KPT, Terminal Operators and the consignees represented by the KCCI whereby additional free storage days will be allowed by the Terminal Operators. It has also been agreed that the consignees who have taken the delivery of their containers or LCL cargo will also be given refunds of demurrage charges already paid by them for extra days allowed. Notification to this effect is expected within the next two or three day.

It seems that the Ports of Karachi and Port Qasim have been taken over by foreign shipping lines and foreign based terminal operators. Pakistan’s foreign trade and local industry are held hostage by these shipping lines, agents and terminal operators, resulting in higher cost of doing business. No other port authorities and ministries of shipping in the region including those in India, allow such kind of free hand to the shipping lines or terminal operators to blackmail importers and exporters at their whims.

Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been pleading with Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Federal Board of Revenue, Customs Authorities, Private Terminal Operators and Shipping lines to take a rational and ethical approach and waive the detention and demurrage charges which have accumulated during lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, but all these appeals and requests have been in vain and no concession was given by either the shipping lines or the terminal operators. Ironically these very shipping lines have given generous concessions to the consignees in India without much delay, on the orders of Ministry of Shipping, India. In some cases the licenses of shipping lines were cancelled who refused to waive the detention charges during the lockdowns.

Ministry of Maritime Affairs and FBR appear to be helpless in enforcing the relevant provisions of law and constitution which may be invoked under such emergency circumstances and provide much needed relief to the entire trade and industry of Pakistan. KCCI has time and again emphasized that shipping lines and Private terminal operators have made billions of rupees and repatriated it in foreign currency for last many years, but in the time of an unprecedented crisis they not only refused to help and rescue Pakistan’s trade and Industry, rather they exploited this situation inhumanly and made a windfall profit at the cost of country’s economy.

An attempt was made in the year 2015 to bring an end to the exploitative tactics of Shipping Lines and agents, by the KCCI and other trade bodies through the Federal Board of Revenue, and a draft SRO was issued dated 04 December’2015 which was to insert a new chapter entitled “SHIPPING AGENTS RULES” (Chapter XXVI) the necessary provisions in Customs Rules 2001 whereby the shipping agents were to be restrained from imposing any charges other than those specified in the Bills of Lading. The lines were also restricted from encashment of Security Deposits received from consignees.

The SRO provided new provisions under clauses (p), (q) and (r) under Rule 592, which stated that:

-In case of violation in case of any additional charges other than freight, not mutually agreed by shipper and shipping line and not specifically written of the Bill of Lading, punitive action will be taken against the agent.

-In the case of violation in terms of detention charges not agreed between shipper and shipping agents after specified free days, the agents could not demand charges at their will and punitive action will be taken.

-The licensee (agent) will have to refund security deposit within seven working days after settlement of accounts. In case of violation punitive action was to be taken.

These provisions were sufficient to protect the trade and interests of Pakistan’s economy by way of curtailing cost of doing business. Somehow, the said draft SRO did not see the light of the day and the fate of it is unknown. The KCCI has therefore demanded the Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce to restore the said SRO and insert the new chapter and rules as specified in the draft, in order to bring an end to the exploitation of trade and industry in Pakistan, save foreign exchange and punish the culprits who have for years repatriated hundreds of millions of dollars at the cost of our economy.

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