Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

P & R Vol.2 Issue 1
Islamabad: Is it the city of future?
Publication Year : 2021

Islamabad, the capital, was chalked out in hilly Potohari region of Northern Punjab by the Greek architect Doxiadis. What had to be the ‘city of future’ remains exclusionary, devoid of sufficient public utilities and leisure spaces, and affordable housing. The PIDE Policy Viewpoint 16 has underscored the lacunae in process of master-planning this city all along; questioning the very nature of planning then and now. Recently, as the Supreme Court directed, the government has constituted another commission to review the master plan and ‘regularize’ the ‘irregular’ construction.