islamabad -

Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has said that the government will accelerate the pace of work on the Gwadar-Ratodero Road so that people of Pakistan can reap the benefits of the Gwadar port.

He said this while presiding over a high-level meeting here on Monday to review the progress of work on Gwadar-Ratodero Road.

The Prime Minister said that Gwadar-Ratodero is a strategic link, which is of national importance.

The Prime Minister issued instructions that work on Khuzdar-Ratodero section and Hoshab-Gwadar section should be completed during the next 12 months while work on N-85 Road and N-30 should be prioritized for early completion of these linkages with Gwadar.

The Prime Minister was informed that total road network of the country was spread over 12131 kilometers of which over 37 percent of the roads comprised those in Balochistan.

He said that the completion of this road is not only important for linking Gwadar with the rest of the country but shall stimulate development in the area right from Gwadar upto Ratodero.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Communication‚ Asadullah Khan Mandokhel‚ Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance‚ Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhary‚ Chairman National Highway Authority‚ Hamid Ali Khan and senior officials.