Islamabad: Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) on Saturday lauded the government for initiating Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme aimed at providing five million houses for low-income people over the next five years. In a statement issued here today, Patron ICST Shahid Rasheed Butt said that the housing scheme would help people get their own roof at an affordable price which has remained a dream for the majority since long. He said that the housing sector has been ignored for decades by the past governments providing an opportunity to the black sheep in the private sector to plunder the resources of the poor.

 Shahid Rasheed Butt said that the government should keep real-estate mafia and investors away from the mega project so that masses can get affordable houses and the culture of ‘Kachi Abadis” can be tackled.–Online

He said that private sector has failed to deliver; it is involved in the massive exploitation of the poor everywhere in the country including Islamabad, as currently there are over six thousand illegal housing schemes in the country that should be dealt according to the law. Action against famous politicians known for land grabbing and notorious developers is highly laudable moves which should continue while common people should get their money back, he demanded.