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'Iconic' CPEC Tower to be built in Islamabad: Ahsan Iqbal

Published Mar 07, 2017 01:20am


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The government on Monday decided to build a 'CPEC Tower' in Islamabad named after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The decision was taken during a meeting of officials from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, other line ministries and departments in the capital.

The 'CPEC Tower', touted as 'iconic' by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, is to become the tallest building in the federal capital and will attract investors and serve as a symbol of Pak-China friendship.

A high-level committee to be headed by Malik Ahmed Khan, member infrastructure of the Planning Ministry, will work on the proposed CPEC tower.

During the meeting, Iqbal laid down the tasks for the committee, and directions were given to conduct a feasibility study after identifying a suitable site for the building, and to acquire the land in the light of the feasibility study.

"The committee should sit with the relevant departments to resolve issues of building codes and regulations," Iqbal said.

The minister stated that the initiative would facilitate Chinese and other investors from around the world, adding that the building would help build an image of Islamabad as a sustainable and vibrant city thriving upon entrepreneurship, science and technology, research and development, finance and culture.

"The CPEC Tower should be equipped with a state-of-the-art hotel, office spaces, commercial spaces and modern facilities," said Iqbal.


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imtiaz syed Mar 07, 2017 01:22am


Syed Naqvi Mar 07, 2017 01:35am

Karachi would have been better suited for the 'iconic' CPEC Tower. Islamabad doesn't have a sufficient skyline for such tower. Karachi is a financial hub and has an emerging skyline.

The CPEC tower would look out of place in Islamabad, whereas, it would be part of the emerging skyline in Karachi. Karachi is the symbol of the economic capital of Pakistan, therefore, the CPEC tower would be better reflected in Karachi. Plus, Karachi is the city of our Quiad-e-Azam.

Thunder Mar 07, 2017 01:32am

The Mongols(Mughals) also only built the monuments instead of real developments for the poor people of India.

Afzal guru Mar 07, 2017 01:41am

The country is impoverished and you are making tower!

Naeem Mar 07, 2017 01:42am

What a waste of money. Use this money for education and healthcare.

Alba Mar 07, 2017 01:51am

Building skyscraper structures like the Shanghai Tower is something Chinese developers, architects and engineers have a lot of experience in doing.

vikas Mar 07, 2017 01:52am

Counting chickens before they hatch. Unwise

AhMAd Mar 07, 2017 01:59am

Don't waste money on this. If you want some tower then rename sone old tower and use this money for public development works.

Sridhar Kondoji Mar 07, 2017 01:59am

And the funds for that will also come from China?

usman Mar 07, 2017 02:04am

Excellent keep going

Ob Mar 07, 2017 02:13am

Odd reasons to build an office building!

asif Mar 07, 2017 02:14am

Leave my beautiful city alone. We don't need high rise buildings. You have already did so much damage to this city. Don't follow footsteps of desperate people.

Ijaz Mar 07, 2017 02:18am

More grandiose gesture projects by Nawaz Government, while the poor look on in despair.

Ilias from NL Mar 07, 2017 02:27am

That sounds really good, please plan well before executing any mega project in the light of future needs, a country with 200 millions people means fast changes in all aspects.

Imran Mar 07, 2017 02:35am

Oh for goodness sake, why?

Zx Mar 07, 2017 02:43am

A university or hospital would have been better. Islamabad is not the best place for tall structures.

Sher khan Mar 07, 2017 02:53am

Please forgive this nation, Iconic Tower? One Third of CPEC wealth has already been stolen by your boss and you guys, did you see that this looted wealth has already created much distance between Sharif brothers, they might not attend funeral of each other?

Mohsin Mar 07, 2017 03:03am

Do we have the money to do such a thing? What about education health water and dams

SAM Mar 07, 2017 03:09am

Good News . CPEC is here to stay and no one can harm it.

M. AsGhar Mar 07, 2017 03:10am

The CPEC tower should be built only as a culmination of the setting of the CPEC projects and not alone and lonely.

flipflop Mar 07, 2017 03:14am

Build it in some other city rather than in Islamabad. Perhaps Karachi where majority of the business and industry is situated or in Balochistan or Peshawar. This will also help improve the infrastructure of the city, boost businesses etc. If we politicise this project then its bound to fail regardless of how much money we make from it and I can already feel how projects are undertaken on a whim.

Imran Mar 07, 2017 03:22am

Please invest these Billion of rupees cost of Building the tower instead on country health and education

shaharyar shaikh Mar 07, 2017 03:35am

Cpec tower should be built in gawadar to create more job opportunities specially to encourage professionals to relocate to the developing city.

Sohail Mar 07, 2017 03:51am

Good. About time Pakistan started getting skyscrapers like all modern countries.

aaa Mar 07, 2017 04:09am

Make sure you have space for parking!!!!! Days of building Iconic (or not) towers are gone!!!. any why Islamabad?? should it not be close to the actual route and facilitate the route... where they can process permits and other documents.

Princess_of_DHUMP Mar 07, 2017 04:18am

CPEC tower? Why not name it Friendship Tower?

abdul rehman Mar 07, 2017 04:19am

I bet that even this CPEC building has to be built by the Chinese.

Qamer Mar 07, 2017 04:19am

CPEC Tower is a good idea to show the seriousness of the this huge project but it should be built in Quetta because Blochistan needs development everywhere in the province.

taha Mar 07, 2017 04:33am

more appropriate name should be Edhi Tower. CPEC will live survive or not. but Edhi's name will live till eternity.

shahid Mar 07, 2017 04:52am

No doubt CPEC will contribute enormously towards our economic development but this government is acting as if there is nothing else in our development plans, and as if there is no other facet to our economy. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal should also have informed us if the tower is being financed by the Chinese loans or an investment where the government has guaranteed a return of 34% on the equity.

Saira Mar 07, 2017 04:53am

Make one tower for Trump as well.

Alan Mar 07, 2017 05:42am

Really don't need any iconic iconic CPEC tower. CPEC Towers low rise shall crop up in Quetta, Gwadar, other regional areas and along the highway to make trade transit a success. Help China making CPEC a success a model of poverty alleviation!

fAm Mar 07, 2017 05:49am

In the mean time 70 - 80% of the people of Pakistan have no access to potable water. Priorities!

Omer Mar 07, 2017 06:11am

A city on the major fault line is not suitable for tall buildings. The beauty of Islamabad is not due to the tall buildings but the greenery it have.

Arshad Mar 07, 2017 07:07am

Yup, everything in Punjab.....

Om Mar 07, 2017 07:17am

Why not a big hospital to mark the same

Armughan Mar 07, 2017 07:31am

@Arshad Islamabad is a Federal Area, not Punjab.

Khaled Mar 07, 2017 07:33am

Why does he want to make Islamabad a concrete jungle, let it remain the capital of Pakistan, instead of converting it into a commercial hub, one reason why the capital was shifted from Karachi. If he is so adamant about a iconic building , build a CPEC tower hospital in the rural area of Islamabad.

Pal pal Mar 07, 2017 07:53am

When people go for symbolism, that means wisdom is lost its grace in action...

viv Mar 07, 2017 07:58am

Another opportunity for Chinese labour, Chinese machinery and Chinese loans.

Khalid iqbal Mar 07, 2017 08:03am

Towers are meant for the rich , the rich and the elite, nawaz group will own the major shares .what a great idea.

SIVARAM Mar 07, 2017 08:05am

That is nessesary. Then only the future generation pak. people can demolish it after 20 years due to the very failure of CPEC. The burden of repayment of loan with 27% of interest on every Pakistani head will collapes her economics, just for a Corridor which is going to be used for mobility of Chinese trucks to carry goods to middle east.

AR Mar 07, 2017 08:48am

Actually Chinese are supposed to build this tower somewhere in China as CPEC benefits only Chinese

Ammar Mar 07, 2017 08:52am

keep it up

Shajeel Zaidi Mar 07, 2017 09:04am

A very creative name I daresay.

MFK Mar 07, 2017 09:09am

Another corruption scandal under NS

James micheal Mar 07, 2017 09:29am

Best wishes Pakistan and CPEC

M sohail Mar 07, 2017 09:31am

And the steel would be provided by Ittefaq foundry

Shaukat Ali Khan Mar 07, 2017 09:49am

Build it at Margalla Hills' highest possible point.

Shaukat Ali Khan Mar 07, 2017 09:55am

@Syed Naqvi

Your views ans sentiments are appreciated. However, logically it should either be in the Federal Capital or at Gawadar.

NOMANSLAND Mar 07, 2017 10:00am

Why not first implement all projects properly and then build your iconic tower !!

Tayyab Mar 07, 2017 10:34am

cool. A piece of advise, sublet it to bahria, and let them build it. make it a 100 story tower.

JKhan Mar 07, 2017 10:59am

Jatiumra would be a better choice for ugly structures.

SID Mar 07, 2017 11:25am

@M sohail Ha ha ..nice joke.

tapish Mar 07, 2017 03:01pm

Let the tower symbolise the great potential of CPEC. It will also symbolise the aspirations of the common man and make him proud. People who criticise every govt move should be realistic and be proud of incremental achievements.

IbRaheem Mar 07, 2017 06:02pm

Good thing, Pakistan needs these kind of towers to symbolize economic growth and advancement $!!!!

sami Mar 07, 2017 11:22pm


Iftekhar Hassan Mar 08, 2017 06:41am

CPEC tower should be built near GWADAR port in Baluchistan. West of this port is an excellent location for tourist hence five star resorts. Karachi is too crowded and Islamabad is too far away and not a commercial city.

kamal Mar 08, 2017 06:57am

There is already a CPEC Tower in China. It is called 'Shanghai Tower'. Why build another one?

Ali Mar 08, 2017 10:58am

Syed nawvi.i respect ur love gor karachi but what more we shud build in karachi. ?Or shud there be anything left to be built in other cities?