5m housing units to be built in five years: PM

PM Imran lauds UAE prince’s support on FATF

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government will construct five million housing units in the next five years to cater the housing needs of low income and salaried class. He was addressing the ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between Pakistan and United Nations Office for Project Services and Sustainable Housing Solutions for financial assistance in Naya Pakistan Housing Programme here on Wednesday.
He said that there is a shortage of 12.5 million housing units in the country and Naya Pakistan Housing programme will provide an opportunity to low income people to own their houses.
He said that signing of MoU with UNOPS will not only provide financial assistance but it will bring expertise to Pakistan. He said that in order to promote mortgage the government has enacted foreclosure laws in the country.
The prime minister said UNOPS decision to start the program from Gwadar for fishermen is a landmark. He said forty industries are directly related to the construction industry and Naya Pakistan Housing programme will boost all these industries. He said that local material and labour will be used in construction of these houses to boost the economy. He said that a one window operation is being introduced for the Naya Pakistan Housing programme.
Speaking on the occasion Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema said Naya Pakistan Housing program will not only build houses but it will also create jobs for public.
Meanwhile, chairing a meeting to review the progress on Naya Pakistan Housing Project in Islamabad, Imran Khan has said that Naya Pakistan Housing Project will not only provide housing to the homeless people but will promote construction-related industries and provide employment opportunities for youth.
The prime minister said the government wants to provide housing facility to the low income and salaried class. During the meeting Prime Minister was given detailed briefing on the progress on the Naya Pakistan Housing project.
Prime Minister Imran Khan made a telephone call to Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and appreciated the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) support on the FATF issue on Wednesday. During the telephonic conversation, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional developments, said a statement issued by the PM Office. The prime minister reaffirmed the importance Pakistan attaches to its strong fraternal ties with the Emirates and close cooperation between the two countries.
Among other things, Prime Minister Imran thanked the crown prince on the release of 700 Pakistani prisoners from the UAE prisons during Ramazan. The two leaders also discussed ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation in all spheres and agreed to maintain close consultations on regional and multilateral issues.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government is especially focusing on addressing the issue of malnutrition and adulteration. He was talking to UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne who called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday. Referring to government’s flagship Ehsaas Program, he appreciated technical assistance being provided by the UN agencies.
On the issue of population growth, the Prime Minister noted that the issue of population was connected with primary health care and primary education. Therefore, the government is according priority to these areas. The Prime Minister said the development of merged tribal areas is another key priority of the present government. He said we have allocated highest ever funds for the uplift of the merged areas.
Imran Khan also highlighted the successes made in billion tree Tsunami project and observed that the this will go a long way towards mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change in the country. Efforts being made to eliminate polio from the country also came under discussion.
The UN Resident Coordinator appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision and the steps taken by the government in addressing the issues which remained neglected in the past. He especially commended the efforts of the government in tackling the issue of stunted growth, improving health care and the initiative of 10 billion Tree Tsunami and Ehsaas Program.

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