PM Imran inaugurates Havelian-Thakot motorway section

Approximately seven million people will directly benefit from the major thoroughfare

​ Our Correspondent November 18, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a gathering after inauguration of Havelian-Mansehra section of Hazara Motorway at Havelian on Monday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated Havelian-Thakot section of Hazara motorway and criticised the opposition for the recently concluded 'Azadi March'.

Referring to the recent opposition sit-in in the federal capital as "circus", the premier said he had earlier predicted that all corrupt elements will unite under one banner and try to stop the accountability process.

"Those who feared arrest because of corrupt practices were on the container with the Maulana," said the prime minister and added that the interests of opposition politicians and the interests of Pakistan are different.

"Their effort was focused on pressurising and blackmailing."

Vowing not to curtail the accountability drive against corrupt elements of the country, PM Imran said the initiative will continue till justice prevails in the country.

“Do whatever you can, get together, I promise I will not spare even one individual who looted national wealth," said PM Imran.

The prime minister reiterated that he had struggled for 22 years and did not receive the "political party as part of family inheritance".

Referring to the newly constructed section of the motorway, the premier said CPEC will play a pivotal role in the development of Pakistan.

"Earlier, CPEC was only a network of roads, but now it has become a project to further improve our industry and agriculture."

“This land is blessed with many resources, we just have to manage them better," added PM Imran and said further that the focus will not be on investing in human capital.

“We will now invest in human capital. The health card that we have distributed among the people, will enable them to attain quality healthcare.”

The Hazara motorway is an integral part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which will serve as the central route for commercial traffic between the two countries.

Approximately seven million people, mostly residents of Hasan Abdal, Haripur, Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra and Northern areas, would directly benefit from the major thoroughfare.

It is also likely to boost tourism and will provide access to Mansehra, Naran valley and Gilgit Baltistan.


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