ISLAMABAD (APP) Minister for Housing & Works Rehmatullah Kakar has said that amendments in the existing housing policy with focus on building codes would be finalised by the end of June. In an interview with this news agency, he said experts of the ministry have already held three meetings and hopefully the amendments would be introduced by the target date. Kakar said revised building codes, especially for multi-stories buildings, are being framed with the aim to avoid human as well material losses in times of natural calamity. Talking of the Capital, he said building codes in Islamabad were being followed in Zone I and II but these were not complied with in Chak Shahzad and other areas in the suburbs. It is a fact that most of the areas had not been following the building codes but the pervious regimes neglected this problem, he said. The Ministry of Housing and Works wants to ensure strict application of building codes and CDA byelaws in Islamabad, Kakar said. The ministry has already briefed President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani about the plans, he said. The minister said around eight million more housing units were needed in the country to meet the shortage and around 300,000 to 500,000 houses were being constructed on annual basis. Of these around 100,000 to 200,000 houses are being constructed in private sector while the rest are being built by the government. Kakar said the present government from the day one started short and long-term projects to over come the problem of housing shortage. Soon after taking over the charge the government announced to construct one million houses. Following a short-term strategy, the government has constructed 10,300 houses, which is double of the set target of 5,000 houses. Construction of houses has been started in sectors G-10, G-11 and I-11 in Islamabad. Construction of housing units is underway in Karachi in Gulshan-e- Memar, Scheme 33 and Mono Got areas, in Peshawar in the Hayatabad area, in Lahore in the Federal colony and in Quetta in area along the Chamn highway. Construction of houses in G-13, Islamabad, would be started as all papers work has been completed. About 3000 kanals of land in Bara Kau has been purchased, where flats and plots would be built and allotted to government employees, general public and journalists, Kakar said. The allotment would be on 'no profit no loss basis. He said investors are showing interest in Pakistans housing sector, adding that two foreign companies want to build about 13500 houses in Karachi alone.