ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Monday said critics of the Metro Bus Service (MBS) would realize its utility and importance after its launch.

Talking to the media onboard a Metro Bus , he said the service would be beneficial to patients to reach hospitals and students to colleges and universities, and employees to their work places in the twin cities.

The minister was accompanied by MBS project chairman Hanif Abbasi, senior journalists and anchor persons. The bus started its journey from Secretariat Bus Station (Islamabad) to Saddar (Rawalpindi) on the designated route, which took about an hour time. The bus then returned to Islamabad. The minister stayed with the media for around two hours.

At IJP Bus Station, he briefed the media about facilities being provided to the commuters at the stations.

Pervaiz Rashid said the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service would provide modern transport facility to the commuters.

He said no money was borrowed for the Metro Bus projects of Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad. Like the Motorway, the Metro Bus Service would prove to be very successful.

He recalled that after the launch of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway, leaders from all political parties asked for extending it to their respective areas. The minister said the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would enjoy the modern transport service like advanced countries.

He said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would link backward areas with the developed ones ending their sense of deprivation. The government, he added, would continue to work for the welfare of the masses.

He said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had always followed the policies which brought prosperity to the nation. Nawaz Sharif, he said, was a popular figure not only in Pakistan but also at international level.