ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved in principle declaring construction sector as an industry. He was chairing a meeting on Ease of Doing Business in construction sector in Islamabad today. The Prime Minister said the government is giving special emphasis to simplify the construction related laws and do away with the condition of unnecessary approvals and NOCs. Imran Khan pointed out that the government has already abolished the condition of seeking approvals from the civil aviation and other organizations for construction of multi-story buildings in big cities.
He said the establishment of land courts will also go a long way in resolving land related matters. Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Anwar Ali Hyder briefed the Prime Minister about steps being taken to address policy issues, simplification of procedures, abolishment of unnecessary approvals, compliance of zoning and development by-laws and other relevant issues. He presented short, medium and long-term roadmap for improving Ease of Doing Business in construction sector. He said that latest technology is being introduced to ensure transparency and simplify the procedures in the construction industry.
The Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority said that in the first phase the land record will be digitalized in big cities. He said that under the long term plan, the land record will be digitalized in the entire country. He said this process will ensure online availability of the land record and address most of the land related matters. The Chairman CDA briefed the Prime Minister about Automated Client Service Center being launched in the federal capital. He said the introduction of this service will facilitate the residents of the federal capital regarding matters pertaining to the CDA and help check corruption and other illegal practices. Meanwhile, PM will meet top Saudi leadership during his visit to Saudi Arabia later this month, sources said Thursday. According to sources, the prime minister will travel to the Kingdom before his visit to United States to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He would address the UNGA on September 27.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir held a meeting with Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz in Riyadh to discuss PM Imran’s likely visit. During his last visit to the Kingdom, the prime minister represented Pakistan at the 14th Summit of OIC in Makkah.
Moreover, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Thursday said the federal government has no plan of imposition of ‘Governor Rule’ or ‘Emergency’ in Sindh. Talking to media outside the Parliament House, she said the statement of Law Minister Farogh Naseem has been twisted and reported out of the context. Dr Firdous said Karachi, the commercial hub of the country has been turned into a heap of garbage and added during the past 11 years, some elements have been misusing its resources for personal gains.