IT Minister Announces Plans to Turn Karachi into a Digital City

Pakistan will establish a regulatory authority for high-quality Information Technology (IT) education in the country and Karachi is going to be the country’s first digital city.

This was disclosed by Federal Minister for IT, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, at the three-day 18th ITCN Asia IT & Telecom Show and Fire and Safety Asia at Expo Center Karachi on Tuesday.


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The IT Minister was talking with journalists after inaugurating the exhibition. The federal IT Minister visited various halls and also addressed a conference on the ‘Role of IT and Challenges in China Pakistan Economic Corridor’.

To Adopt Modern Technology

Khalid Siddiqui told that the proposed authority will improve the quality of IT and tech education in Pakistan. Only those areas of IT education will be promoted for education which is demanded by the industry. Khalid Maqbool said that Pakistan can only compete on a global scale by adopting modern information technology.

Mr. Khalid said,

In the current economic era, many regions are prospering. But we have to take a look at why we are not progressing. Pakistan’s IT sector had many growth opportunities since 1990 but we missed them. At that time Pakistan could’ve become the base of the call center industry. I believe that we can still become an engine of growth.

The IT Minister added that data will be the currency of the future. To this end,  a data center will be established in Karachi. He also announced his intention to turn Karachi into a digital city.

“Karachi will become the first digital city of the country. This digitization drive will be replicated in other parts of country. The IT Ministry is working on to provide free Wi-Fi for students for their use.”

On the occasion, the Vice President of E-Commerce Gateway Pakistan Umair Nizam, informed that over 600 international brands are on display at the exhibition.

He said that about 250 delegates representing 600 international companies are attending the Fire and Safety Exhibition. He said that over 150,000 visitors are expected at six halls of the expo center.

It is worth mentioning here that deals worth $100 million were signed at the 17th ITCN Asia.


  • Xahid

    Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, does he even know the meaning of IT?
    let him know, any digital device works on electricity, so please 1st improve the K-Electric infrastructure before you speak.
    But hey, lambi lambi choornay main kya harj hai?

    • Khalid Maqbool (MQM Wale) they are not taking a seriously any action for Parks of Karachi.
      What else he can do about Digital City ?

  • Free WiFi = Already Giving by Hotel, Restaurant, AirPort & Other Office Places.
    Pehly Karachi Ko GreenCity Karo Phir Digital City
    Pehly He Pollution Bohat Ziada hai Ab Radiation Zaida Ho Jayegi Baarish Pehly He Nahi Hoti Yaha

  • Free WiFi = Already Giving by Hotel, Restaurant, AirPort & Other Office Places.
    Pehly Karachi Ko GreenCity Karo Phir Digital City
    Pehly He Pollution Bohat Ziada hai Ab Radiation Zaida Ho Jayegi Baarish Pehly He Nahi Hoti Yaha

  • Free WiFi = Already Giving by Hotel, Restaurant, AirPort & Other Office Places.

    Pehly Karachi Ko GreenCity Karo Phir Digital City

    Pehly He Pollution Bohat Ziada hai Ab Radiation Zaida Ho Jayegi Baarish Pehly He Nahi Hoti Yaha

  • Ali

    First you need to make some law and policy for child using gadgets and smart devices

  • Ali

    Need law policy for child using smartphones. don’t take steps like fool.

    You are using and selling peoples profiles data to advertisement companies or bands for making your own commission income.