ISLAMABAD - China on Tuesday consented to work with Pakistan’s government in establishing an Information Technology Park in Karachi, while the experts remained skeptical about the success of these facilities.

The park will be built on government land and soon a Chinese delegation will visit Pakistan to inspect the site, announced Ministry of IT, yesterday, after Chairman, China Investment Promotion Centre, Yan Lijin, called on State Minister Anusha Rehman.

Anusha, after taking charge of the Ministry of IT on June 2013, vowed to build IT parks in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad and since then she has been vocal about her efforts in every media interaction.

Despite her all conviction that technology parks are necessary for creating a platform for information exchange and the linkage between academia and industry will provide enormous opportunities to national economy, they are still a distant dream.

The first progress in this regard was announced in May, this year, when after a partnership of one year, South Korean Exim Bank, finally, consented to start feasibility on the first IT Park in the Capital. After Islamabad’s park, Karachi would be the second project, where foreign investors have shown any interest.

According to Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board, his office owns land in all three big cities. PSEB is an affiliated department of Ministry of IT.

If PSEB has land, and if it is so crucial, why setting up a park is taking so long, and if it is the mandate of PSEB, why the state minister is taking credit of it. However, no official was willing to comment on it.

Industry sources believe that it is a political gimmick and actually the time to establish parks has passed. Parks are required when industry is in initial stage; now Pakistani industry has managed to pass that critical point, without any support from government, Aslam Awan, a manager in a local IT company, said.

Some professionals termed it an attempt to bring IT companies into tax network, as tax exemption to the IT industry will expire in 2016.

Most of the Pakistani IT companies provide services to foreign employers. If we join these parks, we will have less benefit and more troubles, our business will be exposed and we would be taxed heavily, same like the telecom industry, said Shahzad, another professional.