LAHORE - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said work on low-cost housing was in progress across the country, and added quality was compromised in low-cost housing projects in the past.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of 'Building Materials and Products Exhibition', organised by the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) at the Expo Centre here Friday, he said the builders should maintain quality of construction for such projects in the country.

The PM stressed that construction of all buildings must meet the international standards of quality and safety.

While highlighting the significance of architects in achieving quality construction and conservation of built-up heritage, said future of architecture was bright in the country.

The prime minister called upon the IAP to lend its expertise for preservation and maintenance of rich architectural heritage of the country for the sake of protecting this treasure for the future generations.

He also pointed out that roads, highways, public buildings, parks as well as motorways were a tangible and important manifestation of architecture of Pakistan which is a thriving sector contributing to the economy.

He said the builders should maintain quality of construction for such projects in the country.

He appreciated the novel theme "Archi-tourism" of the exhibition, saying it could attract foreign investment to this sector.

The prime minister said that buildings, being constructed  in the country, must be compatible with the harsh and severe weather conditions in order to ensure comfortable environment to people throughout the year.

State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb was also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the exhibition and visited various stalls, set up on the occasion.

IAP Lahore Chapter Chairman Mohammad Yusuf Ghauri presented a memento to the prime minister on the behalf of the host organisation.