Tabadlab Policy Roundtable 04 – Covid-19, Housing and Construction in Pakistan

Hosted ByMosharraf Zaidi

On April 3rd 2020, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan announced incentives for the construction industry in order to increase employment opportunities in the country in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. These incentives included a major tax exemption for investment in projects under the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority, the PTI government’s low-cost housing programme.

In Tabadlab Policy Roundtable 04, we speak to a housing developer, a real estate finance guru, a low-cost housing expert, an urban planner and an international financial institution specialist about the incentive package, and what it could mean for the country’s goal of bridging the housing shortage gap through supply of affordable housing.


  • Jawad Aslam
    CEO, Ansar Management Company
  • Ibrahim Khalil
    Non-Resident Fellow, Tabadlab
  • Fizzah Sajjad
    Research and Policy Director, Mahbub ul Haq Research Center, LUMS
  • Huma Sattar
    Researcher, Consultant Economic & Public Policy, Business Recorder
  • Namoos Zaheer
    Senior Specialist, The World Bank


The World Bank’s Pakistan Housing Finance Project

Roti, Kapra, Makaan? Maybe Not Today – Huma Sattar – Business Recorder

Who Will Benefit From the Relief Package? Fizza Sajjad – Dawn

Optimising the Naya Pakistan Housing Policy Opportunity – Working Paper 01 – Ibrahim Khalil & Umar Nadeem – Tabadlab

Mortgage Market Design for Low-Cost Housing Units in Pakistan – Working Paper 02 – Ibrahim Khalil – Tabadlab

Designing Affordable Housing – Working Paper 03 – Ibrahim Khalil & Umar Nadeem – Tabadlab

Jawad Aslam’s Story as an Acumen Fellow

Jawad Aslam on Building Sustainable Communities in Pakistan