The rapid growth of urbanization has resulted in tremendous pressure on housing in urban areas,
particularly for middle- and lower-income groups. The formal sector has been unable to cater to
the affordable housing demand, particularly for urban poor. Islamabad is the planned city and capital of Pakistan;
its development started in 1960. A number of squatter settlements have emerged in this planned city which are
increasing with the passage of time. The government of Pakistan,
realizing the gravity of the problem, started various programs and
approached at different times to address this issue. This paper
discusses various international and national approaches in this
context. Squatter settlements in Islamabad have been visited, and
field data were collected through a survey from France Colony
Sector F-7/4, Islamabad and recommendations have been suggested
in the light of international practices.
1-Zafar Iqbal Zafar PhD Scholar, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, SCEE, NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Abdul Waheed Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, SCEE, NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Beenish Javaid PhD Scholar, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, SCEE, NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan.