PM Imran suggests income generation from 'dead capital' govt land

Published: September 10, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan attends an election campaign rally in Islamabad on June 20, 2018. PHOTO:AFP

Prime Minister Imran Khan attends an election campaign rally in Islamabad on June 20, 2018. PHOTO:AFP

Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to government-owned land as ‘dead capital’ in a tweet on Monday, suggesting land used for government residences and other state buildings could be used to generate income instead of resorting to foreign aid.

PM Imran claimed that just the urban portion of this land is worth Rs300 billion while Pakistan’s daily interest payment amounts to Rs5 billion.

Families may visit Sindh Governor’s House from tomorrow

As part of an initiative to re-purpose state-owned residences, the Sindh governor house in Karachi was opened up to the public on September 7.

Visitors will be allowed to see Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s office inside the premises, which also houses some of his belongings. They will also be able to walk in the Governor House’s lawn.

Governor Imran Ismail explained that the federal government had formed a committee to submit recommendations for the use of all four governors’ houses in the country. He claimed that the committee had started its work and the future of Governor’s House would be decided in light of the committee’s recommendations.

On the orders of the Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, the Murree Government House opened for public on September 9. This was the second official residence to be made public by the government on Imran Khan’s directives.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 10, 2018 - 4:23PM

    When the previous government wanted to sell railways land PTI made a lot of noise. Now it seems to be backing the same solution.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 10, 2018 - 5:11PM

    Selling land and repurposing for an income stream are 2 different things @Zaida Parvez: Recommend

  • A Mirza
    Sep 10, 2018 - 5:12PM

    Excellent move. Why Pak is paying billions on interest on loans when governments has ‘dead’ land that is worth 100’s of billions? Why have huge mansions for rest/guest houses, bureaucrats etc?
    The different between PMLN and PTI in this area is that the former will only sell to it’s favorite contractor so that they will get commission out of it. PTI will have open tender, hence transparency.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Sep 10, 2018 - 5:29PM

    @Zaida Pervez..pleasw read the news says to generate income from these means to get use or to rent or to lease doesnt mean sell..Recommend

  • Striver
    Sep 10, 2018 - 7:09PM

    The public visiting the Governors House should be charged an entrance fee which should go towards the dam-funds.Recommend

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