Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Communications Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan Khalil has said that it is imperative to abide by the traffic laws to make travel on the highways safer and to ensure highway safety. He expressed these views during his address, and later on, while talking to the media on the eve of a road safety seminar organized by National Highways and Motorways Police in Karachi.
The seminar was attended by men and women from all walks of life, whereas, Inspector General Police Motorways Wajid Ali Khan Durrani, former IG Police Asad Jehangir Khan, AIG Sindh Police Amir Farooqi, W.H.O. representative Dr. Juma Rasheed renowned cricketer Javed Miandad also addressed the seminar. Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan, in his address, said that life is a precious gift of Allah and we need to value this and safeguard it.
He said that careful driving indeed guarantees life and ensuring safe travel on the Motorways is not only the responsibility of the Motorway Police but of the general public as well. While acknowledging the dutifulness, honesty, commitment and humanitarianism of the Motorway Police, the Federal Minister said that it is a great honour for the Ministry of Communications that the Motorway Police has won a leading place for its professionalism and skill in the world. Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan, while stressing the need for safer journey on the highways, urged the business community and charity organizations, to arrange such seminars and discussion programs to create awareness about traffic laws among the public, and traffic laws should also be taught in educational institutions to create awareness among the students, the Minister added.
The Federal Minister expressed his pleasure at the fact the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has indicated its consent to include road safety laws in the curriculum and said that it is an encouraging sign. Arbab Alamgir Khan assured the dignitaries and the participants that their recommendations and proposals will be duly considered.
The Federal Minister, while declaring road safety indispensable for national survival, stressed the need to avoid overloading and non-compliance of traffic laws. Arbab Alamgir Khan said that to make travel on the highways safer, the Ministry of Communications has equipped the NH and Motorway Police with modern equipment; trauma centers have been set up, equipped with ambulances and other basic facilities on the highways.
Traffic accidents and their causes were elaborately discussed in the seminar and the participants urged that driving licenses need to be issued after taking thorough testing because unskilled driving is the main cause of accidents. The speakers urged that overloading should be discouraged and worn out and dilapidated vehicles should not be allowed on the highways.
The participants said that it is the duty of every citizen to abide by the law and helmet should be made compulsory for bikers. It was also emphasized in the seminar that the 1939 traffic laws have become outdated and they should be revised in line with modern age. The seminar was conducted by AIG Operations Motorways Police Mr. Farooq Azam. The Federal Minister, on this occasion, also gave away memorial shields to the speakers on this occasion.
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