Islamabad - Peshawar Motorway, Pakistan

    11Pakistan Motorways are a network of high-speed, limited and controlled-access highways in Pakistan, maintained and operated by the National Highway Authority and Motorway Police.
    Pakistan Motorways are built with state of the art technology and constructed according to international standards that make travel comfortable and enjoyable. To check the speed limits of vehicles, advanced equipment with cameras are used and speeding vehicles are fined. The Motorway police are well-trained and highly professional.. Telephones, petrol stations, and rest points are also available on these motorways for communication and resting while traveling on the road.09
    In Pakistan there are ten motorways, four of which are fully operational, two are under construction and plans for the remaining four have been finalized. Pakistan Motorways are planned and constructed according to international standards and consist of four to six lanes with the universal minimum speed limit of 80 Km/h to 100 Km/h for heavy transport vehicles, and 120 Km/h for light transport. The four-lane Motorways can be up-graded to six lanes. Pakistan Motorways are especially designed and constructed for fast moving vehicles; slow moving vehicles and animal driven carriages are not allowed. The combined length of operational Motorways of Pakistan is 679.5 Km, while 278 Km is under construction and approximately 1200 Km further planned.

    M-1 (1997 – 2007)

    03It is in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and 155 Km long with 108 Km in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 67 Km in Punjab and become a central link to Afghanistan and Central Asia. It begins from northeast of Peshawar, after crossing over the Kabul River it passes through Charsadda, Swabi, and Rashakai. It leaves Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa before crossing the Indus River and enters into Punjab’s city Attock where it ends at Hasan Abdal at the start of the M2 Motorway. Travel from Peshawar to Punjab through M2 is memorable and pleasurable due to the natural beauty all along the way. M1 has nine interchanges at Fatehang, Bhatar, Burhan, Rashakai, Swabi, Chachh, Charsadda.
    Mr. Nawaz Sharif, ex-Prime minister of Pakistan, conceived the M1.
    M-2 (1992 – 1997)
    The M-2 is located in the Punjab province of Pakistan and is 367 km long. Connecting Islamabad with Lahore, it passes through Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, Khanqah Dogran, Pindi Bhattian, Kot Momin, Kallar Kahar (A beautiful picnic-spot), Balksar and Chakri before ending outside the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
    The M2 is one of the most expensive motorways in Asia and has a pillared-bridge (the highest in Asia) at the Khewra Range which is also used by Pakistan Air Force to land or take off fighter jets at any emergency. The M2 is renowned for providing a smooth and comfortable ride.
    Mr. Nawaz Sharif, ex-Prime minister of Pakistan, conceived the M1.
    M-3 (1999 – 2003)
    The M3 links the city of Faisalabad (The Manchester of Pakistan) with the M2 motorway. The M3 motorway has become an important link that connects southern Pakistan to the north. At only 53 Km long, it is the shortest motorway of Pakistan with only two junctions. It starts from Pindi Bhattian (a small town situated at the junction between the M2 and M3) then passes southwest and ends in Chiniot, a city located outside Faisalabad. Completion of this motorway has reduced the travel-time from Faisalabad to Rawalpindi to 3 hours from 8 hours and is very beneficial from a trade point of view.
    06The M-3 was completed under the government of President Pervaiz Musharraf.
    M-10 (2004 – 2007)
    The M10, also known as the Karachi Northern Bypass, is located in the Sindh province of Pakistan and is 57 Km long. Starting at Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road, near the M9 Junction the M-10 connects to Trumpet interchange, before turning west and forming an interchange with N25 turning south back towards Karachi.
    M-4 (2009)
    The M 4’s construction began in August 2009 and is still underway. It is 233 Km long and joins the two cities of Pakistan – Faisalabad with Multan.
    M-8 (2004)
    The M8 is under construction and is 892 Km long. It starts from Ratodero in Sindh province and enters Balochistan Province.

    Planned Motorways:

    Project STATUS Major Cities
    M5 Planned Multan – Dara Ghazi Khan
    M6 Planned Dara Ghazi Khan – Ratodero
    M7 Planned Dadu – Dureji- Hub


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