ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Communications Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan Khalil has said that the present democratic government is determined to provide better travel facilities to the public by expanding the network of highways in the country. He expressed these views during a meeting with the Members of National Assembly from Hazara Division. On this occasion, Secretary Communications Sharif Ahmad Khan, Chairman NHA Altaf Ahmad Chaudhry, Commissioner Hazara Division Waqar Ayub and high officials were also present. Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan told Members National Assembly from Hazara Division Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Mehboobullah Jan, Sardar Mushtaq, Muhammad Nawaz Alai, Faiz Muhammad Khan, and Sardar Shah Jahan Yousaf that all resources would be utilized for timely completion of Hasanabdal-Mansehra Expressway (E-35). We want to construct this important highway according to international standards so that access to the Central Asian States could be made possible, he said. The minister said that this was the first phase of this highway and in future, it would be further extended to Gwadar. He said that as China helped in the construction of Karakoram Highway, similarly, with the cooperation of other friendly countries, other highways would also be completed and ultimately the construction of Bhasha Dam would also be ensured soon. During the meeting, a detailed briefing was given by the NHA officials to the federal minister and Members National Assembly on the said national highway. The Members National Assembly from Hazara Division, while expressing their reservations about the Abbotabad Bypass, urged that the welfare and problems faced by the people of these areas must be taken into account during the construction of the said project. However, the MNAs promised their full cooperation for the construction of the said project and praised the revolutionary measures taken by the government. Federal Secretary Communications Sharif Ahmad Khan urged the MNAs to muster public support for the said projects so that no hurdles could be created in their timely completion.