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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.

Militancy: Motorway mechanic killed on Peshawar-Islamabad route

CHARSADDA: One mechanic working on contract for the Motorway Police was killed when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on a workshop on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway in Risalpur, Nowshera.

A police official told The Express Tribune at 12:30am on Wednesday two motorcyclists opened fire on a vehicle parked near the service road, killing one mechanic and injuring the other. He added the Mardan police counter-terrorism department has filed an FIR against unidentified militants and investigation is under way.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of militant group Jamaatul Ahrar Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack by posting on Twitter.

Alleged murderer escapes from lock-up

A man arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder escaped from Charsadda police station on Wednesday.

City police official, Ijaz Khan said the accused Ajab Khan, a resident of Pirbala, was detained under Sections 452, 324 and 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Ijaz said a case was filed on the report of ASI Marjan Ali against three policemen, Siraj, Sajid and Shah Wali who were present inside the station; the detainee allegedly escaped in front of them. They were arrested for negligence on duty and further investigation is under way, he explained.

It is worth mentioning Charsadda police station—situated in a high-risk area—is a newly-constructed facility with CCTV. However, no footage of the escape was found on CCTV.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2014.


Road accident: Four of a family parish on motorway

RAWALPINDI: Four members of a family including two children were killed in an accident on motorway near Kallar Kahar on Monday.

National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP)
said the family was coming from Chakwal to Rawalpindi when a mini truck rear-ended their car near Balksar interchange.

The deceased were identified as Muhammad Iftikhar, 23; his two daughters — Alvina, 12, and Aliza, 4 — and his cousin Robina Bibi, 25.

They were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital Chakwal.NHMP Sub-Inspector Sakhawat Hussain said the Shahzor truck (LRD-4486) was loaded with guava, rammed into the car (SLD-9700).

“The accident was due to negligence on part of the truck driver,” Hussain said.

Police say Dilawar Shah, who was driving the mini-truck, escaped the scene. An FIR has been registered against him.

The police while quoting eyewitnesses said that the truck was overloaded with the fruit and rash driving caused the accident.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Asghar Ali Shah said that two people were killed on the spot while
the children died at the hospital.

The police say they have impounded the truck and are on the lookout for the driver.

Five members of a family were killed at the same place when a passenger bus rear-ended a car in June this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2014.