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CDA allows construction of high-rise commercial plazas


ISLAMABAD: After being approved from the federal cabinet, the board of the apex civic body of the federal capital has, in principle, allowed the construction of high-rise commercial buildings in the city.

This was decided as the board of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) met in the federal capital on Monday. The board was headed by the CDA chairman and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Chief Commissioner Amir Ali Ahmed.

During Monday’s meeting, the board considered a number of issues, including creation of a commercial strip in Sector I-9, renaming various thoroughfares, plot cancellation and restoration policy, by-laws, change of floor-area ratio (FAR), development of Sector I-15 and handing over land to the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF).

Discussing the government’s decision regarding FAR and allowing the construction of high-rises, the board decided in principle that these buildings could be constructed along roads which have a right-of-way (ROW) of 300 yards in Blue Area, Sectors G-8, G-9, G-10, G-11 and the Kashmir Highway.

CDA sources said that these parametres will only be applicable for new constructions and that there will be no change in permissions for existing multi-storey structures, particularly Class-III shopping malls in the markaz of various sectors.

Moreover, the board decided that high-rises will only be allowed on plots of large sizes.

Contractors will be bound to provide the layout plan of the proposed high-rise building along with a number of saplings which they could plant within the building’s boundaries.

According to the policy, a covered area on a plot of 3,000 square yards (sqyds) will not be more than 2,400 sqyds. Furthermore, sources said that plot owners will be allowed to build high-rises which are no taller than 18 storeys on such plots.

Further, as per set by-laws, the distance between the floor and the ceiling will be at least 10.5 feet. Similarly, a 5,000 sqyds structure will have a covered area of 2,500 sqyds and it will be used for constructing a 45-48 storey building.

12 kanals vacated

The CDA on Monday vacated a plot measuring around 12 kanals of illegal occupation adjacent to the Centaurs Mall. The land was being illegally used for parking and other commercial purposes by the management of the mall.

After vacating the plot, CDA officials said that they have erected a fence around the plot.

However, officials said that over the weekend, some elements had again established a car park on the plot. Fresh action was taken against them on Monday and the plot was vacated by the Enforcement Directorate along with the Sector Development Directorate and other concerned departments and the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation. 

Man kills brother-in-law, shoots wife in capital; Attempted armed robbery


ISLAMABAD: A man was killed by his brother-in-law who also shot and injured his wife over a domestic dispute in the federal capital on Sunday.

The Lohi Bher police said that Bahawal Khan had allegedly brutally beaten his wife Mavia and had thrown his 10-month-old daughter against the wall after a domestic dispute 10 days ago. Thereafter, his wife left her husband’s house and went to her parent’s house in Police Foundation F-Block.

Though last night, the suspect allegedly broke into the woman’s house by scaling the boundary wall. There, he murdered his wife’s 26-year-old brother Umair and shot at his wife, who was in the other room, leaving her seriously injured. Upon receiving information, police rushed to the site, however, the suspect managed to flee.  Mavia was shifted to the Benazir Bhutto General Hospital in critical condition.

The police have started an investigation of the case.

Armed robbery

Two robbers were shot in the legs after they attempted an armed robbery in a shop within the remits of the New Town police station.

Police officers said that two armed robbers attempted to rob a store near the Panorama Shopping Mall. They also injured a security guard who tried to resist them.

The suspects managed to flee the site and but chased down by the Dolphin Force.

During an exchange of fire, both robbers were shot in the legs. Despite that, they managed to flee to the federal capital via the IJP Road.

However, on the other end of the road, they arrested by the federal police. The New Town SHO Inspector Raja Mussadiq told the media that the store’s guard was recovering and that doctors had described his condition as ‘out-of-danger’.

Both armed suspects are currently under custody and are receiving treatment at a hospital in Islamabad. He added that once the suspects have been treated, they will be shifted to Rawalpindi where they will be subject to investigations.

Weather forecast for Islamabad


The weather today is turning out to be patchy rain possible. The visibility is going to be around 10 km i.e. 6 miles and an atmospheric pressure of 1003 millibar or 0.98 atm. 

The daytime temperature is going to reach 39 °C and the temperature is going to dip to 29 °C at night. It will be mostly dry with little or no precipitation (4%) and with the cloud covering 13% of the sky, the humidity will be around 38%.

Weekly forecast for Islamabad

Looking at the weather in Islamabad, Pakistan over the next 7 days, the maximum temperature will be 47℃ (or 116℉) on Monday 1stJuly at around 2 pm. In the same week the minimum temperature will be 29℃ (or 84℉) on Tuesday 25th June at around 5 AM.
Below is a summary of the forecast for the next 7 days.


25 JUN

WNW 17 km/h 31%


26 JUN

WNW 17 km/h 30%


27 JUN

Mostly Sunny
W 15 km/h 28%


28 JUN

NW 15 km/h 26%


29 JUN

NW 16 km/h 22%


30 JUN

W 16 km/h 22%



S 16 km/h 25%