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Brave man takes the wheel of driver-less lorry on motorway

ISLAMABAD: Athar Yaad Ali, a resident of Lahore, took a leap of faith and jumped behind the wheel of a speeding lorry on the motorway to stop the driver-less vehicle from causing any accidents.

Yaad Ali was travelling from Islamabad to Lahore on the motorway with his wife and two children when they noticed a lorry behind them near the Salt Range, Express News reported. However, there was no driver in sight.

In an exclusive interview with the The Express Tribune, said, ”My youngest son saw the driver jump from the lorry, followed by the man in the passenger seat.”

The lorry lost control after the driver jumped from the vehicle and swayed left to right as it approached the slope.

“It didn’t stop and I realised that I had to do something to stop it” Yaad Ali explained, adding that his family did not approve him trying to stop the heavy vehicle.

As he entered the lorry from the passenger side, he managed to take control of the steering wheel but realised that the brakes had failed.

Yaad Ali went on to say, “I knew that I could make it, even though the vehicle didn’t stop for a further two kilometres. The police had arrived and were guiding other cars away from the vehicle.

His wife recalled how scary the incident was for her as nothing she could say would stop her husband from taking the daring step.

“In such incidents, Athar is always the first to want to help. My words were still in my mouth when he had already got out of our car and proceeded towards the lorry,” she said.

She went on to express her fear saying that “there were cars on the motorway and he was running in the middle of the road.”

“I was helpless and very scared. When I saw the lorry go down the slope, I thought I had lost my dad,” Yaad Ali’s eldest son Arsh said, adding that when he saw his dad he wanted to hug him forever.

Yaad Ali managed to bring the lorry to a complete halt with zero casualties.

Watch the exclusive interview below:




Motorway police a role model institution: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) is a role model for all institutions in the country.

Addressing the annual award ceremony of the motorway police at the PM Office on Tuesday, the prime minister appreciated the performance, professionalism and merit of NHMP and termed it a pride of the nation.

The PM also announced a 20 per cent raise in salaries for NHMP. “It is a small acknowledgement of your exemplary service to the country and for making our highways safe,” he said.

The premier said the government would provide more vehicles and other equipment to the police. He added that the recently recruited 1,500 officials will help the force improve standards and expand its coverage.

Sharif said he would soon inaugurate work on the Lahore-Karachi motorway.

“The Pakistan-China economic corridor would boost economic activities in the country,” he added. He said the government was making road safety regulations part of the school curricula.

NHMP Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema said the United Nations had termed NHMP an “island of excellence” and said it was the only corruption-free public institution in Pakistan. He said all road users are treated equally, irrespective of their socio-economic standing or official position. He said the police had penalised several ministers and army officers for traffic violations and did not discriminate on basis of fines.

The PM also distributed awards, medals and certificates among the select NHMP officials at the ceremony.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2014.

Work on Lahore-Karachi motorway to begin soon: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said construction work for Karachi-Lahore motorway will begin soon , Express News reported.

Addressing the annual awards ceremony of National Highways and Motorways Police in Islamabad, Nawaz said more Motorways projects will be initiated in the country.

“The region will become the centre of economic activities due to Pak-China Economic Corridor project,” said Nawaz, adding that it is a matter of great pride that the performance of Motorways and Highways police is being appreciated on the international level.

He said many programmes are being implemented from the school level to make the highways safe and to make the public aware in this regard. The PM also said he wants motorway police be more people friendly.

The premier directed for enhancing the efficiency of the organisation and recruitment of staff on need basis in a transparent manner. The prime minister also announced a 20 percent increase in salaries of Motorway police.

Nawaz Sharif also lauded the performance of Inspector General Motorways Police Zulfiqar Cheema.

Inspector General Motorway police Zulfiqar Cheema while highlighting the performance of Motorway Police said the organisation is a role model for other public sector institutions as it has the highest traditions of public service.

Hazara motorway ground breaking: Sit-ins and roadblocks are impeding progress, says PM


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday heaped scorn at the sit-ins staged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), calling them roadblocks in the way of progress and prosperity and inimical to the interests of the country.

Addressing a large gathering at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the 60km long Hazara motorway project, PM Nawaz said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was not only making a new Pakistan but also a new Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the true sense and the launch of mega developmental projects was proof of it. The project costing Rs33 billion will link Bhurhan to Havelian.

“We will put an end to unemployment, underdevelopment, overcome energy crisis once and for all, lay a network of motorway across the country and ensure prosperity,” he said.

He pointed out that a railway track would be constructed from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad, link the Hazara motorway to Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad through tunnels that would usher in a new era of real development in the country especially in Hazara division.

Nawaz also stated that when he came to Havelian during the election campaign he promised to allocate a chunk of development funds for Hazara which he fulfilled by laying the foundation stone of Hazara motorway project.  He announced the early reconstruction of 1,000 schools in the earthquake-hit districts as well as provision of Sui gas to areas still deprived of it in Hazara.

PM Nawaz also announced a cut of Rs9.66 per litre in super petrol price, adding that the proper notification would be issued today (Sunday).

Without naming the PTI, the prime minister said that what the sit-ins could bring for the people of Pakistan is “only regression, joblessness and deprivation”.

He said that his government would continue its efforts for bringing prosperity for the people of Pakistan without caring for sit-ins because he believes the nation would itself punish them during the election in 2018.

Lambasting the PTI for what he called abusive language, he said that parents must ask their children what they were learning from these dharnas.

Addressing the PTI chief without actually naming him, PM Nawaz said: “Don’t teach children such type of language during sit-ins and do the politics of decency and morality.”

On this occasion K-P Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan governor and chief minister, Federal Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Capt. Safdar, Pir Sabir Shah and PML-N’s lawmakers were also present.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2014.

PM Nawaz arrives in Havelian to inaugurate Hazara Motorway project

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Havelian on Saturday to inaugurate the Hazara Motorway project, Express News reported.

The premier is expected to address a press conference and cut a ribbon during the ceremony.

The important road link is part of the Pakistan China Economic Corridor, and is a 60-kilometre-long, 4-lane fenced expressway which costs Rs33 billion.

The Hazara Motorway will reduce the drive time from Islamabad to Havelian to just 30 minutes, additionally providing a road to the Havelian Dry Port project.

PM Nawaz to inaugurate Hazara Motorway tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will perform a groundbreaking ceremony of the Hazara Motorway, the road link of the Pakistan China Economic Corridor, on November 29 (tomorrow).

The 60-kilometre-long, 4-lane fenced expressway will cost Rs33 billion.

The Hazara Motorway will reduce the drive time from Islamabad to Havelian to just 30 minutes, additionally providing a road to the Havelian Dry Port project.

The project anticipates hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities, possibilities of new business ideas, and a socio-economic uplift of the whole region.

Infrastructure plans: DHA gives presentation on Malir motorway project


Following the prime minister’s approval of the Malir motorway project in Karachi, the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi gave a detailed presentation in Islamabad.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Communications in Pak Secretariat, was attended by the National Highway Authority (NHA) chairperson and communication secretary Shahid Ashraf Tarar, DHA Karachi administrator Brig Zubair Ahmed and others.

The project was announced at Governor House in Karachi on July 10 this year. Once completed, the project will connect DHA City to the rest of the DHA phases in district South.

The motorway, which covers the distance from these two areas, will reduce the driving time to merely 20 minutes.

The NHA chairperson appreciated the efforts made by the DHA team and asked for additional information to make an early decision.

The next presentation by DHA on this project will be held in January 2015 at the NHA head office in Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2014.

Dangerous roads: 13,000 die every year in traffic accidents, says Motorway IG

FAISALABAD: Every year, around 13,000 people die and 50,000 are injured in accidents on the country’s roads, National Highways and Motorway Police Inspector General (IG) Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said on Tuesday.

He was addressing a road-safety seminar at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).


“A majority of these accidents are caused by the negligence of drivers, who are ignorant of basic traffic rules. Around 80 per cent of people involved in traffic accidents are between the ages of 14 and 30 years,” Cheema said.

“We have taken steps to reduce the loss of life in accidents at the motorway. We have been able to reduce the accidents by 40 per cent by taking protective and safety measures,” the IG said.

“There are three prerequisite for a safe journey on roads: engineering, education and enforcement,” he said.

“Due to engineering mistakes in construction of roads, some sections of roads have become death traps,” Cheema said.

He said that the motorway police had a very good repute due to their performance.

“Even federal ministers, provincial ministers, military and civilian officials and other VIPs have to pay fines for violating traffic rules,” he said.

“Education (awareness about safe-driving) and enforcement of laws are essential to curtail the increasing road accidents. If someone is wearing a seatbelt or a helmet it increases his chances of survival in a road accident by 60 to 70 per cent,” he said.

Citing the fatal accident in Paris in which Lady Diana was killed, Cheema said, only one person in the car was wearing the seatbelt and he survived.

“Speeding, using mobile phones and lane violation cause fatal accidents,” he said.

He said that motorway police teams visited truck and bus terminals to brief drivers about safety rules.

Cheema urged students to focus on education and achieve success through commitment and dedication. “You should not be disappointed by terrorism and the energy crisis. We can turn our homeland into a developed county through hard work,” he said.

UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that in Faisalabad, 1,000 people died in road accidents annually. “Awareness among public about road safety is vital for reducing traffic accidents,” he said.

“Education is a lifelong process. We need to educate our people about traffic rules. This will reduce traffic accidents and fatalities,” he said.

UAF Public Relations and Publications Principal Officer Prof Dr Jalal Arif and Lecturer Ayesha Asghar addressed the seminar.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Muhammad Ehsan Tufail and City Traffic Officer Muhammad Masoom also attended the lecture.

A camp for issuing learning license was also established in front of the Iqbal Auditorium to facilitate students.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2014.