ISLAMABAD - During the first month of current fiscal yaer, about 3,249 kilogram of gold worth of US$ 134.92 million was imported which showed an increase of 1,119.88 per cent as against the same period of last year. According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) data, during July 2012, about 199 kg of gold worth $11.06 million was imported. The import of yellow metal also increased by 235.19 kg as compared to the imports worth of $40.252 million during June 2013.

The overall imports of metal group, registered an increase of 49.39 per cent and 5.88 per cent during first month of the year 2013-14, when compared to July 2012 and June 2013 respectively. The metal imports in to the country during the period under review were recorded at $ 331.574 million against $ 221.957 million during July 2012 and $ 313.148 million in June 2013. Similarly imports of iron and steel scrap registered a growth of