Real estate: Abu Dhabi Group to invest $45 billion in Pakistan

Published: February 16, 2013

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan and Malik Riaz sign the investment agreement in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: PRESS RELEASE

ABU DHABI: 

Former chairman and present consultant of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz Hussain has signed an agreement with His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, Chairman Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank and United Bank Limited under which $45 billion will be invested in Pakistan.

The investment will be made in various construction projects, and is the biggest-ever foreign investment in Pakistan.

Out of the total investment value, $10 billion will be invested in Islamabad and Lahore whereas $35 billion will be invested in Sindh.

These projects also include the construction of the tallest building of the world (Taller than Burj Khalifa, Dubai) in Karachi.

Moreover, the project encompasses sports city, educational and medical city, international city and media city. The project also includes the construction of miniatures of the Seven Wonders of the World. These projects will employ more than 2.5 million people and will boost more than 55 industries like cement, bricks, iron, steel and glass. Moreover these projects are expected to represent all the social classes of society and middle-class and lower-middle class will have equal representation. The agreement will have a revolutionary impact on not only Pakistan’s economy but also the tourism of the country and will be a milestone in reviving the lights of Karachi.

Speaking on the occasion, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan said that Bahria Town not only represents modern Pakistan but is also a credible, respected and authentic name in the real estate sector the world-over. “I am genuinely happy that in this historic project of Pakistan we are working with the visionary Malik Riaz Hussain, this guarantees that not only the project will be delivered beyond our expectations but also before time. We will Inshallah be welcoming first residents in next 3-4 years.”

Malik Riaz expressed his pleasure at the signing and said that it was a matter of great pride to be part of this project as such a huge amount of foreign investment has never been made before.

A distinguished feature of this project is the utilisation of seawater to produce electricity. The projects will have their own grid station. Moreover, a separate modern water treatment plant will be established to convert seawater into drinking water. These features make this a landmark project in Pakistan, which addresses the current water and electricity issues of the country.

The Abu Dhabi Group has previously made huge and successful investments in Pakistan by the establishment of Bank Alfalah, Warid Telecom and Wateen Telecom.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (153)

  • bangash
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:21AM

    wow wow wow….biggest news in pak history…if true….malik riaz showing his magic…

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  • hasan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:32AM

    It will never happen!

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  • usmanyy
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:32AM

    Good News.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:35AM

    Ambhani of Pakistan.

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  • Sultan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:39AM

    45 billion is roughly 25% of our GDP! The numbers being bandied about are complete nonsense. Castles in the sand, as the saying goes.

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  • Zeeshan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:43AM

    I really hope that this deal is materialized. We are afraid that this could be a stunt of PPP to gain some political mileage over its rivals in upcoming elections.

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  • BuckDing
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:51AM

    Who’s going to use the building? Whilst I welcome this investment, it would have been better to invest in all the provinces, Balochistan in particular. It’s unfair to build the world’s tallest building in Karachi while people are being targeted, killed, starved and have little access to healthcare, education, transport etc. in other parts of the country. We need equality and justice, not empty skyscrapers.

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:53AM

    $45 billion will be invested in Islamabad, Lahore and Sindh. What about Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa? They are not part of Pakistan?

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  • The Khan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:53AM

    Although i think they may never materialize partly because of dubious nature of Malik Riaz and voilatile environment of Karachi but we should still thank UAE for the immense opportunities it has provided to us. I am a Shia and i just shifted my business and home to DIFC where i still employ Pakistanis and like me there are thousands of Pakistani businesses in the Jebel Ali freezone all employing Pakistanis.

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  • Midhat
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:54AM

    A Good News in a long time!
    They say true friends are tested in adverse times.. Hopefully this will be a positive step towards a brighter era :)

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  • Intelligent
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:54AM

    Tribune you are fully controlled by the government. since you censor comments

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  • Intelligent
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:59AM

    So they are thinking that the government will allow them to build all this easily. First all the government parties should be removed as they are the ones spreading terrorism and corruption in the Pak land. Let’s see how soon the project can be completed.

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  • Latif
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:02AM

    Give me a break….tallest building in Karachi. That’s just what we need to be spending money on.

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  • Umar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:08AM

    I hope it’s halal money Mr. Malik and Abu Dhabi :P

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  • Nadir
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:33AM

    Is this an advertisement or news? How about asking some questions on the plausibility of these figures being thrown around! If its too good to be true, it probably is!

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  • B+
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:34AM

    Tallest building of the world (Taller than Burj Khalifa, Dubai) in Karachi…
    if it happens then it will be epic….

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  • Admiral Sackbar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:01AM

    Lol what a sham, remember e Bundal islands development under shaukat Aziez in 2006? Only wrecked local ecology and uprooted villages, nothing else. All the rest remains the same.

    http://bit.ly/XeRDga

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  • Afaaq
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:08AM

    What is it with the “tallest building” psyche?

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  • Timour
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:15AM

    Huge and successful investments Warid and Wateen ??? Really ??? I thought both entities were both loss making and don’t seem to be able to go into the black despite multiple restructuring efforts…I was their banker so I know.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:17AM

    ” … A distinguished feature of this project is the utilisation of seawater to produce electricity. The projects will have their own grid station. Moreover, a separate modern water treatment plant will be established to convert seawater into drinking water. … “

    If this can be done, nothing like it. But until then, this sounds more like Agha Waqar’s water-fuelled car, but on a much much bigger scale.

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  • Mujhammad Mujahid
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:17AM

    I don’t believe this…Malik Riaz is such a corrupt person …

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  • gp65
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:17AM

    @Dilbar Jahan: “$45 billion will be invested in Islamabad, Lahore and Sindh. What about Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa? They are not part of Pakistan?

    This is not khairaat. The investor gets to choose where he willput his money.

    The numbers do seem a little out of whack perhaps it is $45 crore (which would still be a respectable 4500 crore Pakistani rupees) and the press just confused crore and billion. Be that as it may, there appears to be some significant investment coming Pakistan’s way which is certainly good news for the country,

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:20AM

    For information of above:

    The project is planned at two islands off shore Karachi normally referred to as Kutta Island and Bundal island. The Musharraf government tried to strike a deal but failed miserably. It is a good deal for Pakistan, lets hope it goes through.

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  • Jain
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:41AM

    The difference b/w Pakistan and Western world.
    Malik Riaz would have been behind Jail bars in Western countries as he is the founder of the biggest Real Estate Qabza Group.

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  • Asghar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:42AM

    It is stunt. And Can you give any evidence like. Video interview of Dubai group head???

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:46AM

    Never heard before a consultant signing a contract.

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  • M
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:01AM

    It’s ridiculous journalism why no one verifying this where is Abu Dhabi group press release 45 billion is huge huge amount too good to be true

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  • Zohaib
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:10AM

    i dont understand that why people are criticising this investment not being done in Balochistan and KPK, for Godsake this aint government investment this is private investment and surely investros would like to earn profit from it.

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  • Shaami
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:17AM

    @The Khan: Come to Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi and you will see Bahria town is successfully running and i dont see any Dubious project of Malik Riaz so far and his name is actually respected and people do invest when he talks about some project. So end you biased Attitude MR KHAN.

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  • Tahir Malik
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:34AM

    The tallest building in the world ?
    I dont think so.
    By the way what would be name of that building ?
    Riaz Plaza?

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  • Rehman Khar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:34AM

    ET how wisely you discredited Malik Riaz from the Headlines who compelled that Group to invest in Pakistan. That group signed with Malik Riaz so kindly give the credit where the credit is due as it is a Private Investment between two groups and it is totally unfair to remove one name based on Certain Biases which we all know.Recommend

  • tariq
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:51AM

    Is this before or after these arabs pay off the debts in their paradise which is bankrupt

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  • Optimist
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:59AM

    This didn’t happen in one day. The preparations were going on since Sep 2011.
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    I knew some of the details and that is why I kept on commenting in business sections that in a year’s time billions of dollars will be invested in Pakistan. Projected was delayed a bit but the investement went up from the original $30 Billion.
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    Many of our Indian friends made fun of my comments. Sorry neighbour, there are many more surprises in the project than this news item. I hope they are disclosed earlier this time so that I don’t have to wait long to say: ‘I told you so’.
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    In short, Pakistan will be on a roller coster ride of development and another big investement will be announced by another friendly country in near future :) There is likely to be a break through in in law and order in 2013. Pakistan will be developing in a time when its neighbours and the West are likely to have recesssion at their door step.

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  • BLing BLing
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:59AM

    Why would they want to make the tallest building somewhere else?

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 7:03AM

    Pakistan has great potential for development on all fronts – it needs focus.

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  • Shahid Husseini
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:11AM

    An election year stunt surely! But what I am surprised about is that a newspaper of your repute would carry such frivolous items which make a mockery of the two-thirds population of Pakistan, which go to sleep on an empty stomach since the advent of democracy. Mind you $45Bln is more than our total foreign debt and not even a genie could bring that kind of investment, let alone Mr. Malik Riaz.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:21AM

    If a project of this magnitude is built, who can afford these houses that will cost in excess of at least 1.5 crores?

    Army officers? Corrupt businessmen and politicians?

    Who else can really afford such houses in Pakistan?

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  • Ghani
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:36AM

    @Afaaq:
    For unemployed and frustrated people of Karachi, the tallest buildings provide a means to jump into oblivion.

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  • marhban
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:47AM

    @hasan:
    Apparently you have no clue about the investors.

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  • Asim
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:03AM

    Hey Hey Folks ~ Its just an electioneering drama …. don’t forget this Bahria Town man is President’s best friend and this is all going to be over after the election…. I bett ya

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  • SKATZ
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:24AM

    Wonder if someone asked the Sheikh whatever happened to that huge pothole in Lahore which was the Sheikh Zayed Centre that was supposedly coming up as Pakistan’s tallest building in 2007.

    This is yet another castle in the sand I am afraid.

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:29AM

    @gp65:
    I know it is not ‘khairaat’, but will it not increase disparity within the country and force the people from these two provinces to migrate to Sindh and Lahore? I haven’t seen people being economic migrants within their own country. Pakhtunkhwa has been turned into a war zone in the service of Pakistan’s quest for ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan. The people of Pakhtunkhwa have no say in, and know love for, the war, which is scaring away investors from their land.

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  • Jan Muhammad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:32AM

    Great, that way the TTP can destroy it the moment it is built. Our very own 9/11

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:39AM

    Really, looks Malik Riaz a true Pakistani, when other business men leaving Karachi to take their business to other countries, due to law and order situation.

    Thanks, for Malik Riaz

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  • Fawad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:43AM

    How good is that we work together with Middle east world unite together and assist each other with new projects.

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 8:47AM

    @Sultan: The figures of USD. 45 billion is dreaming on the part of Pakistanis. Let us first rid the country of the PPP government, stabilize Karachi of militants; both indigenous and foreign, and bring stability to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After that, we can ask the Sheikh to build our ‘castles in the air’ or one step better ‘castles in the sand.’ Salams

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  • Saeed
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:05AM

    All a topi drama, before elections, what’s the harm in making tall claims, the taller the claim more the publicity. Dhabi group has already invested huge amounts in projects in Pakistan, which are not that successful, besides the previous managers of these projects are now nowhere to be seen. Does the Dhabi group have that kind of resources to invest is the first question? I doubt it. It’s all in the numbers, stupid. ET should have investigated further before printing such ridiculous news.

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  • nachelabs
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:18AM

    Why will UAE sign a 45b contract with Malik Riaz without pakistan government’s guarantees?
    Is he so much worth?

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  • usmanyy
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:28AM

    thank you gp65, your indian perspective on our matters, big or small, are really important to us.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:28AM

    First sign of Pakistan’s becoming a gateway and land of opportunity for next 200-300 years,no fool investment without visualization and solid return.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Surprise surprise surprise, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan also owns Warid Telecom in Pakistan but due to current corrupt government he is desperate to move his investment out of Pakistan, he must be naive to pour $45 billions in Pakistan and that too in partisanship with Malik Riaz.Recommend

  • Haider
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:42AM

    Lolzz… just like Centurious tower is being constructed in Islamabad for the last decade… i can smell a huge conspiracy behind this deal!!!

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  • Moazzam Salim
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:47AM

    Abu Dhabi group is the same group that has left a huge crater opposite Qaddafi Stadium at Lahore. They were supposed to build a highrise at that site but after digging a deep hole they literally disappeared. The only sign of their ‘investment’ is a string of ‘danger’ signs which have been put up around the property. In addition this time Malik Riaz has also joined hands with them. Considering their past conducts any project where these two parties are involved should be considered with extreme skepticism.

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  • abid bari Goraya
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:06AM

    just PPP and Malik riaz Election stunt

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  • Mosiqar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:16AM

    What is the 10% of 45 b US $$$$?
    Mosiqar

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  • Maher
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:18AM

    Is this Sheikh real ???

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  • ZH hashmi
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Sheikhs are not insane that the invest such a huge amount during the era of democracy in Pakistan that too led by PPP. They might do so in next regime led by anybody other than the present leadership. We sincerely wish and pray that it happens soon after the new setup is in . Ameen

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  • Faisal
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:24AM

    I saw many replies here asking for the same kind of investment in KPK and Balochistan. I’m in favor of equal investment and opportunities across all provinces, but let’s just be fair with ourselves. Do you think law and order situation in those areas are good enough for the establishments and sustainability of these projects? Can you dare even traveling to those territories. Obviously, not. I understand that the same issue is with all other provinces and cities; Karachi in particular where a major share of this investment is devoted to. But, you must think the other way around. Karachi is the backbone of the Pakistan economy. Almost 70% of total revenue is being generated from that city. While Lahore and Islamabad are just behind it in terms of revenue generation capacity. There is a desperate need of these kinds of investment to support further expansion and growth in these cities. Let’s show some unity here. Think it like an investment being made in Pakistan and not in any particular city or province.

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  • Waseem Aziz
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:24AM

    Malik Riaz is the biggest real estate elite of Pakistan and it is easy for him to create hipe and he can have more than that, it may be a political stunt but if it is true investment in pakistan that will open the doors of oppertunities in terms job creation, in terms of services, manufacturing so on and so forth and also give the government monetary income and fiscal space to invest in the public goods of dire need. and regard to those who are speaking that why islamabad, karachi, lahore, and other big cities it is just because of the security condition of the country and also the outcome of the investment and being investor profit is the most vital and important. in a positive way the fiscal space government gain from this investment can invest in the KPK and Baluchistan, But lets hope for the accomplishment of this deal if it is truly a business deal.

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 10:38AM

    it is a great positive news for Pakistan to rejoice . Pakistan has the potential. However i have reservation about the tallest tower ( taller than Burj Khalifa) in karachi that too with the help of Abu Dhabi Group. Tallest Burj Khalifa is a pride of Abu Dhabi and why the owner of Burj Khalifa will let this pride slip from their country.?
    The technology of electricity production using sea water involves sea water and fresh soft water permeation and certain obstacles relating to the membrane for sea water are yet to be resolved ( though in advance stage). I have reservation on this count too as no corporate group would like to take the risks as no other plant in the globe is operating with this technology at present.. Norway is going ahead with such plant ( not yet completed)
    barring this real estate project are very lucrative owing to is higher returns and it may go ahead with some modifications.

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  • jagjit sidhoo.
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:40AM

    Investment in real estate does well when the the economy is doing well.Who will buy the flats in these high rise buildings or rent the showrooms . This just seems to be a pre-election stunt , money making scheme etc . If there had been proposals to invest in the infrastructure and industry of Pakistan it might have been more believable .

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 10:52AM

    It sounds like a good news but when you read it twice it is too good to be true…
    I will not be surprised if ppp try to put malik in political game… This whole thing is fisshhyy..

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  • remo
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:55AM

    Emaar failed miserably with this project. Hope Malik can revive the investment confidence in Pakistan. If political situation improves in Sind Balochistan and KP then we can have similiar investments in those areas aswell. All the best Malick Riaz (or any other Pakistani who takes such initiative)

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  • Riz Waseem
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:03AM

    What ever people says about malik riaz,even his worst crtitic love to hate him for only one reason “his abilty to deliver”.i think pak has a potenial to absorb 45 b usa dollar project and malik riaz has abilty to deliver.

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  • Arindom
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:08AM

    Hmm….$45 billion is a huge investment by any yardstick. It is almost 50% of annual entire India’s Software Revenue!!
    What the article doesnot mention is the return. WHat is the business model? Are these all going to be buildings and housing colonies to be sold and rented? Is there a market for that?Can an ordinary citizen book a house/property in these projects – or are these all meant only for the select few – the so called “elite”. How is land going to be acquired – are land-acquisition laws going to be passed?Are land to be acquired from the poor at dirst cheap prices and then sold onward to the filthy rich? Or is t it all a publicity stunt?

    Just an Indian perspective – we’ve seen it all happen……

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  • Lahori
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:11AM

    Please let me explain why this news is utter nonsense:

    In 2010, Malik Riaz had an interview on CNN with Richard Quest (video avaiable on youtube). This airing of this interview was announced by Bahria Town in all the local newspapers. In the interview, Malik Riaz announced that he was donating 70 per cent of his wealth to the flood sticken area. On this announcement, Quest asked Riaz on how much would that be? Riaz replied around $2.1 billion. Now, mathematically, Riaz was left with the 30 per cent wealth i.e. $900 million. Is we assume that Malik Riaz double, or given his style of earning tripled his wealth in three years he still would have $2.7 billion.
    So the big question is, that why would Abu Dhabi group sign a $45 billion contact with a person/group which is not even worth 10 per cent of the contract.

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  • Shiraz Karmally
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Of all the cities in the world Karachi? Where every day some innocent person is killed. I do not beleive it. What is under the carpet here will come to light within 12 months.

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  • Malik
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:18AM

    I have my doubts with the likes of Malik Riaz being joint partners. This is the same guy who came on CNN and promised to give billions of dollars for flood relief, which never saw the light of day. He ows Rs120 billion in taxes and has reneged on his promises before. The DHA Islamabad project lies incomplete although people have paid their instalments.

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  • Reader
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:34AM

    … Is this a joke?

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  • American Taxpayer
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:46AM

    This is really great news! The USA can reduce its aid to Pakistan by $45 Billion!

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  • aj
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:51AM

    a burj khalifa with target killing and suicide bombing records. . Lol. . Pml(n) gave metro to lhr and ppp amis at burj khalifa to khi. . Lol

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  • Ehsan Zaffar
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:03PM

    ooooowwww!!! I was wondering why Malik Riaz Gifted 5 Bn Rs fortress to zardari …
    something is cooking…

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  • Rashid
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:08PM

    @Yoghurt lover..

    I don’t know whether this project materialize or not but your question “who can really afford these houses in Pakistan” clearly suggests that you need an education on Pakistan. I give you a very little example, visit this link ( http://maps.google.com/maps?q=dha+karachi&ll=24.83161,67.117195&spn=0.176666,0.338173&hnear=Defence+Housing+Authority,+Karachi,+Karachi+District,+Sind,+Pakistan&t=m&z=12&iwloc=A ) and look at the area called ‘Defence Housing Authority’. On the map it looks very small but it is one of the biggest town of Karachi. every house here is more than 5 crore at minimum and thousands of homes constitute DHA. This is just one area of Karachi. I am not looking at whole Karachi, leave Lahore and offcourse Islamabad out.
    You know this is the problem with Indians. No matter how much ‘Allama’ they become their information about Pakistan will always be gloomy.

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  • sarfaraz
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:33PM

    I call this fishing news. Trying to make people happy before the election so that they can go for the full kill. Anybody who wants to invest that amount of money in this chaos stricken country must be a fool. Tall buildings and tall claims which will never materialize in Pakistan as long as the looters are in power!

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  • Arif Maqsood Soomro
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:55PM

    I don’t understand that why people are criticizing this investment . Balochistan and KPK is also in same Pakistan .Why Pakistani minds are so negative . Great work done by malik riaz no other billion of pakistan think about that.…

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  • Rashid
    Feb 16, 2013 - 1:04PM

    @American Taxpayer

    which US aid you are talking about which exceeds US 45 Billion?

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  • hasan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 1:05PM

    @marhban:
    You’re obviously a very content troglodyte.

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  • James
    Feb 16, 2013 - 1:13PM

    Great News, what about Sheikh Zayed Center in Lahore. Its shame its still held up.

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  • Mr Mulla Pakistan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 1:18PM

    we cannot build tall buildings in Pakistan when we have mullahs intent on bringing them down……….we need to erase the mullah and then start building……lets see if in 50 years we have built the tallest building in the world or not…..just like all the dams we have supposed to have built by now, all the electricity generation statios we were supposed to have built by now and just like the gas pipeline we were supposed to have built by now……..pakistan is all words no action

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 1:33PM

    i feel this not going to happen and this is not FDI as claimed this is a loan agreement a which Bahria Town of pakistan signed with Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank and United Bank Limited of Abu Dhabi under which 2 Abu Dhabi banks involved Union National Bank and United Bank Limited will give loan to Bahria Town of pakistan through Abu Dhabi Group for their planned projects and those money will be collected by Abu Dhabi Group from Bahria Town of pakistan which in turn will collect from pakistani public so that the money can be repaid back to 2 Abu Dhabi banks involved Union National Bank and United Bank Limited.So saying it FDI is misleading.

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 1:45PM

    good if it happens in pakistan but it is in doubt and if you look at India it has approved more than 1000 $billion or more than 1 $trillion a massive investment that it is going to spend on real estate and infrastructure alone leave alone other sector in next 5 year i.e upto 2017 half of which that is 500 $billion will come from private sector.Now comming to pakistan it didn’t mention time frame like India given 5 yrs.can somebody???

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  • Mr Mulla Pakistan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:12PM

    Why has ONLY PAKISTANI media reported this?….there is nothing on any Abu dhabi site or newspaper….GEO started this news and every other Paki outlet has picked it up….why nothing in the emrites?

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  • Mr Mulla Pakistan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:14PM

    SPORTS CITY…ha ha ha….dont we realise that no foreign team feels safe in Pakistan ?….no player in his right mind will visit the land of the mullah

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  • Muhammad Umair Manzoor
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:25PM

    Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
    (Adolf Hitler)

    This is all i have to say.

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  • LIAQAT ALI
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:34PM

    I smell that it is part of Govt’s election campaign.We didnt give people anything in 5 years , lets fool them with dreams. And yes fool they are and will vote for us again for sure.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2013 - 2:39PM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    vist UAE and Saudia then you will know whether it is feasible or not.

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 2:41PM

    @nachelabs:
    private investment not govt sponsored.

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  • Rashid
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:45PM

    @Muhammad Umair Manzoor

    and you are incorrect. when the Hitler said this? btw, you can qualify as a propaganda minister for Adolf Hitler.

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  • Shah
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Mashallah! By the Gift of Allah ! Good things coming up !

    1)PAKISTAN IRAN GAS PIPELINE
    2)HANDOVER OF GWADAR PORT TO CHINA
    3)EXPANSION AND RE BUILT OF KORAKARAM HIGHWAY BY CHINA
    4) INVESTMENT BY ABU DHABI GROUP WORTH USD 45 BILLION
    5)DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION AND EMERGENCE OF PTI
    6)INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY

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  • saqib
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Great Great hope it will continue as planned.

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  • Intelligent
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:14PM

    They want to construct a tallest building in a country without the basic necessities i.e electricity, water etc.. Good Luck to them…

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  • Star
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:15PM

    If such huge is invested in international level Motorway and railway track project directly from Gwadar port city to Gilgit to connect with China…Pakistan would become center of Global Trade and one of richest country…

    But We have made non-operational Gwadar with and dead end roads and provide anti-Pakistan and anti-China countries direction to start proxy war on that route as well…

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  • Braki
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:29PM

    Pakistan on the rise !!!

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  • Karachi wala 26
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:36PM

    @BLing BLing: Cant you and people like you digest a Karachi that is flag bearer of progressing Pakistan.

    A lot of Pakistanis treat Karachi with stinking biase.

    Despite hurdles delibrately created by Islamabad, Hostile national political parties, nationalist parties, media, now Taliban Karachi is making its way forward.

    Having no patronage whatsoever, Karachi has brought more glories to the country than any other “province”.

    Lastly, please dont ask for investments like baggers. Investments are not made on “Quota System” by private investors.Remember !

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  • H. Khan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:40PM

    Memorandum of Mis-understanding. I guess
    In a country with Foreign exchange reserves of $15 Billion and in a country that to get a loan of $ 5 Billion from IMF we get pushed around, Malik Riaz wants build a $45 billion construction project.
    Good entertainment………….

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  • Rana
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:43PM

    no it is not true!

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  • haider
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:00PM

    FAQs:

    Why is this BIG news not published in UAE newspapers?
    What is the website of Abu Dhabi Group of Companies who is signing this deal?
    Who will reside in the tallest building, as there are quite a few millionaires in Pakistan?
    When will this project commence?
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  • Anuj
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:03PM

    and these mega-projects will be fitted with the latest short-distance nuclear missiles of Pakistan…the ones with 60km and 180km range I am sure….so as to keep them safe from the mess around them…..hmm…now we know why Pakistan made those missiles…:D

    they will also have an airport, all the business of the resident will be located in Abu-Dhabi…so they everyday they will fly directly from inside the city to the office …no need to step outside of the USD 45 billion city into the Pakistan…..:D

    And the tallest building in the world in this city has its own value…so that the residents inside can watch over Pakistan and feel lucky to have bought house there, away and safe from the mess around and praise the lord for the good value for money……still feel connected to the rest of the country…:D

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  • ALi
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:05PM

    I don’t understand why this news has irked so many Indians. Suddenly they have become experts on FDI and casting their apprehensions about the project feasibility. Almost as if they can’t bear the thought of a progressive Pakistan

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  • jat2ferozepuria
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:08PM

    i think this news is correct and the project will reflect positively on Pakistans capabilities. However I do suspect that literarily a wall being constructed between the haves (rich, upper middle class, businessmen and white collar professionals) and the have-nots (99.99% of remaining people). I fear the outcome, maybe these are first steps that will lead to uprising of massess and a revolution in wake of these segregative practices.

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  • Ahmad Hassan Awan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Malik Riaz Zinda Bad. Malik Riaz Sb. Zinda Bad. Saviour of Pakistan Malik Riaz Zinda Bad. True
    Hero of Pakistan Malik Riaz Zinda Bad.
    Actions speaks louder than words and Malik Riaz Sahibs business projects are embodiments of
    Reliability, State of the artiness, People friendliness, Economical and first of their kind. He is true iconoclast. Don’t doubt the intentions, only Allah Knows well the intentions. Have faith. It is a happy news. Lets enjoy and hope. Yes we can too develop, prosper and be recognised in the world positively.

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  • Khurram
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Where this project be built in Karachi? Any authentic information??

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  • Muhammad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 5:26PM

    If this is real and it actually happens, I’ll be so so proud of Pakistan

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  • NASIR KHAN
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:24PM

    @hasan:
    and why…/ or you are not happy with the prospects?…come on..

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  • NASIR KHAN
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:25PM

    @nachelabs:
    its a private investment….why this SORE GRAPES SYNDROME

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:43PM

    These are all only political stunt nothing more.There are lot of question to be raised:-

    What an investor expect to get return after spending 45 billion dollar,yes “45 billion dollar”,
    even if gets implemented phase by phase?

    Why they want to invest this huge money on unsafe place like karachi and not any other
    location?

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  • Valuspluratiga
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:18PM

    More than sure, this project just remains on paper and never gonna see the light of becoming a reality.

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  • Ali Baloch
    Feb 16, 2013 - 7:57PM

    I have been tracking this story on all E-Papers and one common thing I have deduced from the comments is either people don’t read the articles or just don’t understand English the article clearly mentions that 2.5 million jobs will be created, a desalination and Electric producing plant will be established and yet they keep arguing what about electricity? What about Health? What about Education? What do you think the Media, Medical and Industrial City is for?

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  • Freeman
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:56PM

    I read all comments but nobdy mentioned an important and best factor of the project. It will generate 2.5 Million Jobs. WOW. If this project went ahead then it will be a real turning point for Pakistan.

    If Middle Eastern company want to invest this much at this moment when there is a so much violence in Karachi then this mean if we control this violance then there could be possibly many 100 Billion US $ investment possible in Pakistan.

    I am always hopeful.

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  • Feb 16, 2013 - 10:04PM

    I will not pass any judgement right now.
    Rather I will see what is the follow up news regarding any positive steps about this news.
    Time will tell us.
    Remember the time of Benazir Bhutto. Some big investor came from Hong Kong. Lot of publicity of the news of investment but nothing materialised. But that was govt and private party. Here it is between two private parties. May be I am too cynical.

    At the end ,let us wait three to four yrs for follow up.

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  • usmanyy
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:21PM

    may i ask why indians are in a frenzy on this article? why does the level of goodness, accuracy, truth, detail, background, magnitude matter to you?

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  • Ahmad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:30PM

    There’s must be wrong some where or we Pakistani’s are getting close to living fools paradise. Mr. Malik (successful business tycoon, land grabber, expert in briberies n etc etc n under SC scrutiny) Signing 45-billion dollar project with UAE business tycoon to build worlds tallest building in Karachi n other investments. If this is the criteria to 1. Whiten black money; 2. Market/show the world crime pays; than surely other PPP tycoons (party of poor n servants of masses) should take advantage by jumping in such band wagons.

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  • saad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:53PM

    @Latif: It’s not just one building…it’s much more than building a concrete[or steel] structure. Think deeply what impact this investment would have on Pak!

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  • MN Alvi
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:15AM

    Congratulation for the agreement to shape pakistani construction industry.
    I personally thanks for both the personalities for the vision in Modern Architecture
    and construction industry to grow in pakistan.As an Architect and living in
    United state whenever I go to Florida,Miami New york.I feel bad about as a pakistani.
    we can’t do much about our own country and for the people.I remember when I was working
    one of top 10 consultant in Dubai.Sheikh Muhammad has vision to build modern
    and landmark project in Dubai. The country cannot progress in 50 years time. What Dubai did
    in 90′s and 20′s.We need strong and organized leadership within pakistan.
    Pakistani who they are successful in professional life and parallel with international management
    group. Otherwise in existing and scenario this is just as a dream. we have tallest tower
    in Pakistan specially karachi.I offer wealthiest group to shape port city come and see
    Miami and Florida. Inshallah we are proud to be pakistani and one day pakistani will be not
    behind with any other talented people.we need to spend money for education opportunity for everyone not for rich only,job opportunity and transparent
    government structure keep it away illiterate and anti pakistani sources will be success for our nation and our children in pakistan. God bless pakistan

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  • Mubarak Khan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:19AM

    Why do we need the tallest building – who’s going to stay there? When you have a country with minimal internal and external tourism given security conditions why do you need a tall glass building? Why not use the money to upgrade madrassas so that they can make humans out of people and teach them skills needed in the 21st centuryRecommend

  • Salim Imran
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:14AM

    This is a joke. Malik Riaz thinks we all are gullible idiots to believe that someone will invest $45 billion without the involvement of Govt or Military. Also this private group, Abu Dhabi group, itself has no such amount in their balance sheet, leave aside invest. He is trying to fool the people to gain votes. It’s as simple as that. Just ignore it.

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  • Optimist
    Feb 17, 2013 - 4:34AM

    To my Indian friends: You guys claim to be a big power. Act like a big power. Be happy for a small country like ours ;)

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  • hasan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 5:13AM

    @NASIR KHAN:

    Having participated in numerous negotiations relating to various major projects in Pakistan (including the now defunct Rental Power Projects) I feel confident in saying that this “proposed investment” is nonsense – fodder for the masses.Recommend

  • imran
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:10AM

    Arabs and Pakistanis have one thing in common, we don’t get excited by clean water, sanitation, safe or healthy environment. No, no…too boring!. Instead, we always want world’s largest or tallest or longest.

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  • Pakistani in US
    Feb 17, 2013 - 7:12AM

    It would hilarious if there’s load shedding and everyone would have to walk down the stairs of this imaginary tallest building in the world. LOL

    I’ll be happy if this actually becomes a reality but it’s crazy to talk about these ideas when there is no electricity, country’s literacy rate is 56% and bomb blast go off every other day. We need to set our priorities straight.

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  • Gul
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:01AM

    This project is just like building castles in the air. Actual investment will be just 5 billion dollars but how unethical business practices are carried by Bahria town. Consultant is signing the deal, not CEO.Malik Riaz a notorious land grabber who has grabbed land of widows and orphan, is not ashamed at his diabolical acts.How tourism will be encouraged when Karachi is one of the most volatile cities? This project aims to plunder the hard earned money of Pakistanis. They will be provided false data and will sink their money in these projects just like DHA valley scam.

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  • Gul
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:03AM

    No reality of 45 billion dollars investment. Just fooling the nation.

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  • Observer
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:21AM

    World’s tallest building in Pakistan? The suicide bombers and terrorists in Pakistan will get a brand new, high price and best bang target.

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  • Observer
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:24AM

    Generating electricity from sea water? Hmm.. that sounds like a new discovery along the same lines of the famous car that runs on water. Pakistan will now be the world’s first country to generate electricity from sea water and run cars only on water.

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  • jagjit sidhoo.
    Feb 17, 2013 - 11:11AM

    @usmanyy: It is normal for individuals to be interested in what is happening in one’s neighborhood .Do u take any interest in what is happening in South America ?

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  • Nasir
    Feb 17, 2013 - 4:02PM

    @Arijit Sharma: There is no similarity between Agha’s invention.. It is practical as sea waves potential energy can be converted into electrical energy. Agha actually fooled many of us just to gain publicity. Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2013 - 4:16PM

    Thats good oppertunity for Pakistan

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  • antanu g
    Feb 17, 2013 - 5:13PM

    actually the news have come as a shock to those who have been waiting for its collapse for a long time…. its really bad news for them

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  • ms khan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:45PM

    i hope mr malik z nt plannin to turn karachi into vegas…..:(…

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  • Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2013 - 9:45PM

    This is indeed a great news and I am sure it will happen. We should give credit where it is due. Malike Riaz is telling us the potential of Karachi even if the current inhabitants are in deep sleep and close their eyes when they vote….Hopefully they will see the real enemy or vote for people who have their interest at heart not of India or another foreign power.
    Baluchistan will reach its potential soon and I am sure 2015 will bring good news all around and there will be peace in Pakistan and TTP will be gone by then…and LTTE too …one can always hope…LTTE were supposed to fight enemies of Pakistan I thought?

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  • Gyps
    Feb 17, 2013 - 10:03PM

    @Optimist:
    What happened to the cricket league.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 17, 2013 - 11:25PM

    It is true that Abu Dhabi group will be investing $45 billion. However, Pakistan has to put up 10% of this amount initially as its equity. It is not a problem as the government shall collect this amount with a new CESS.

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  • AliAgha
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:27AM

    I thought Malik resigned from BT and does not hold any official position….Suprime Court must ask question..Timming..two week ago Malik gifted house to Zardari and now signing the biggest deal…Malik claimed that he has over RS 3500 billioin, I dont know what to believe…

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  • Nooristani
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:12AM

    BREAKING NEWS: Ehsanullah Ehsan has issued a statement that TTP will target this yet to be constructed World’s Tallest Building.

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  • uzair
    Feb 18, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Sounds too good to be true.

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  • Gyps
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:47PM

    @antanu g:
    Actually shocked that someone could be so hilarious.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Promises, promises & more promises! I have heard all this before on numerous occasions.

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  • Umer
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:37AM

    I am quite positive about this project. The UAE leaders are very fond of making world records. Im sure they wont back out.

    I request all the Pakistanis to stop criticising the biggest project in Pakistan’s history. This can really create millions of jobs in Pakistan. Once the unemployment is brought down, street crimes will go down. Our industries will be working on full capacity and further new industries will come up to cater the huge demand.

    I really dont care about Malik Riaz’s character if he successfully delivers the projects on time, which he did in Bahria Town. My friends in Lahore tell me that Bahria Town really is an outstanding project.

    This is the time when we can proudly tell the world what we are capabe of !

    I have a suggession for the project management team:
    Take Mustafa Kamal on board.. As he did an outstanding job in building karachi.

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  • Imran
    Feb 19, 2013 - 8:26PM

    If Malik Riaz and company want to make full use of their wealth they should invest in energy sector. What use is high rise building. Burj Khalifa, the highest building in Dubai has not been fully utilized. Have pity on the people of Pakistan and do something to boost up the economy.

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  • Feb 20, 2013 - 2:11PM

    yeah..right!

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  • pakistani investment banker
    Feb 20, 2013 - 2:39PM

    really dont know who on earth gives them such ideas.
    if you want to spend so much money please do it in productive core sectors like power, ports, energy. education , health

    a high rise building – i mean someones got to be kidding.

    please dont get influenced by theese neo rich middle eastern economies.

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  • sohrab
    Feb 20, 2013 - 3:38PM

    how are you going to climb up this building- what about power???
    no electricity.

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  • Tariq Shah
    Feb 21, 2013 - 9:58AM

    There are always men who are born with a ‘can’t do’ spirit, but then there are men made of ‘can do’…its always the latter group responsible for dragging the former into the future.

    I applaud Malik Riaz and the Arabs investing in Pakistan, they are not stupid, they know with a growing 190 million population, and excellent Pakistani brains and hard working people who built Dubai, they can multiply their investment many times, which is fine, as it will trickle down and benefit the ordinary man.

    The reason why major projects were scrapped in the past 7 years is because the entire world went through a bad economic cycle but this is normal, economies work in cycles, and now things are or will soon turn around, the merger of US Airways and American airlines is positive proof that businesses sense a turnaround is near.

    Let us wish them well instead of discouraging them, let us support them instead of ridiculous nonsensical negative comments all the time.

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  • Ammar
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:46PM

    @BuckDing

    Karachi is the business hub and backbone of our national economy. Such a building can only be utilized to its best value in karachi. If this happens even upto 50% of stated figures, hats off to malik riaz and UAE. Something to be happy about, karachiites.

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  • athar
    Feb 21, 2013 - 3:09PM

    That’s a sweet dream, lf they spend half money
    just and only in the beneficent of Pakistan.that will
    be a great achievement.im worried only few families
    will enjoy it. l wist i’ll be wrong.if they misuse then we
    suffer inflation more.

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  • irshad ahmed
    Feb 21, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Guys I used to work as a taxi driver in abu dhabi,,once I picked up a passenger from dubai to take him to abudhabi,,,on half way he told me that he is gonna give me something which is (too much but nothing)when I droppped him off in abu dhabi he gave me one million$ as a tip,,,the next day when I took it to the exchange company the guy there he smiled and told me that it will make only one dirham….1 million $=1 dirham….it was zimbabwe dollar……hopefully 45 billion dollars are not zimbabwe dollars…..good luck pakistan.Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Feb 22, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Abu Dhabi Government has already denied that it’s fraud!

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  • Feb 23, 2013 - 10:29AM

    Yesterday I saw an ad in daily Express from Abu Dhabi group denying the investment and saying that no such agreement was finalized and memo of understanding with Malik Riaz has been withdrawn.

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  • facilty management
    Feb 23, 2013 - 1:44PM

    Great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!Recommend

  • INAYATH
    Feb 25, 2013 - 3:26PM

    What ever.. The great news is that aftr completion of project.. Not only country gdp will increase.. But the employment increse, more 25lac ppl get oppurtunity

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