LAHORE (PR) - Hazara Motorway, from Havelian to Hassanabdal, will open next month and Lahore-Multan Motorway by April, Federal Communications Minister Dr Hafiz Abdul Kareem said on Friday.

According to a press release, the minister was speaking at the passing-out parade of Motorway Police. Fifteen DSPs, 28 patrol officers and 344 junior patrol officers passed out of Motorway Police Training College, Sheikhpura. Highway Police Inspector General Dr Syed Kalim Imam, Training College Commandant Khalid Mahmood, DIG Ghulam Rasool Zahid, SSP Kamran Adil, SSP Syed Hasmat Kamal, SSP Masroor Alam Kolachi, senior officials and their families attended the event. Accompanied by the IG, the minister visited the monument of martyrs, laid a wreath and offered fateha.

Addressing the passing-out event, Hafiz said another 8,000 recruitments to the highway police would be made soon. He praised the highway police for its dedication, saying: “Motorway police’s performance is an example of excellence. They are a role model for other departments.”The minister briefed the audience about the ongoing and upcoming development projects and urged the high police to play their part in public service delivery. “Roads are being built across the country as part of government’s endeavours to boost economic growth. Thus, role of the motorway police is important for the cause,” he added.

IG Kalim urged his team to uphold the tradition of honesty, hard work and dedication. He stressed the need for raising awareness about road safety among motorists. The motorway police chief commended the college commandant for providing the best training to his team. He expressed the hope the fresh contingent would play their role in maintaining merit.

In his welcome address, DIG Khalid said he had tried his best to raise the standard of training by applying the latest methods. He said their institution was trying its best to inculcate a sense of honesty, courtesy and help among the trainees. Moreover, he said, the college was educating motorists about road safety.