STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) came forward in support of National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) in response to the summary moved by Capital Development Authority (CDA) to Prime Minister to approve relocation of NARC office as CDA had planned to build housing scheme at NARC land spread over 1400 acres. PAS held a press conference to demonstrate their serious concerns on this issue.
PAS President, Dr Anwar Nasim in the press conference commended the role of NARC in national economy. He said, “NARC houses important state of the art research machinery, labs, research equipment and infrastructure established at hefty cost of trillions of rupees. The institutions are not built in blink of an eye and relocation of NARC is not acceptable for scientific community of Pakistan because it is not in national interest.” He also showed full unconditional support to NARC and affirmed that PAS will become a wall against this horrendous plan of CDA.
Scientists, farmers, researchers, media persons, and professionals from industry were present on the occasion. It is noteworthy that NARC is a premier organization which had played pivotal role in national development and hurting it is synonymous to allowing country`s economy to bleed.