ISLAMABAD: Pakistan may be leasing New Islamabad International Airport to Qatar, media had reported.
The Qatari investors have shown a great interest in taking on lease the Islamabad International Airport, sources revealed on Tuesday.
As per details, members of the Qatar Investment Authority, currently on a visit to Pakistan, have expressed their desire to take the managerial control of the new airport so as to handle its affairs effectively.
“Although the Pakistani side is yet to respond on the visiting delegation’s offer, it is a good omen that foreigners are coming for investment in Pakistan,” sources said. “This is the first time that a country has shown interest in taking a Pakistani airport on lease. Earlier, Pakistan had kept Jinnah International Airport on mortgage owing to the bad financial position of the country.”
The Qatari delegation also took interest in the tourism industry of Pakistan, sources said, adding that the delegation was taken to different locations in the federal capital in this regard.
Sources said that Qatar also intends to invest in the agriculture sector as well as in the prime minister’s low-cost housing scheme.