SIALKOT is supposed to be the export-processing hub of Pakistan. During Pervez Musharraf’s time it was decided to build a motorway from Lahore to Sialkot.

The distance was supposed to be shorter than the other routes and since it was a motorway with more lanes, you could travel faster.

Therefore, it would have been a significant reduction in the time of travel between the two cities. It would have also been a major social overhead, a major infrastructure. Traffic would have multiplied between Sialkot and Lahore and it was good for export, industrialisation and investment.

However, the Punjab government has scrapped the project and is interested in spending most of the taxpayer’s money in Lahore by building roads and bridges. Some of them were needed and are commendable but some are unnecessary and superfluous.

In total, they have drastically changed the landscape and the environment of Lahore making it look uglier. The bridge next to the Government College, Lahore, is especially ugly as it mars the beauty of this historic college.

Our institutions, history and heritage should be preserved and not systematically destroyed. See how the English have preserved the heritage and history of London. Lahore was a city of gardens and trees and now it looks like a city of bridges.

These development projects are not big social overheads like the Sialkot to Lahore motorway.

Therefore, funds should be allocated for this motorway and it should be built for the sake of Pakistan.


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Azfar A Khan
December 15, 2012 10:03 am
The writer is right. Why every project should be carried out in Lahore and Lahore only? The rulers of Punjab must know that Lahore isn't the whole of Punjab. They must build Sialkot-Lahore Motorway as soon as possible.I may tell them that, though, they may distribute laptops, how can they be sure that they would be able to get votes also from those who get these laptops? May be they get a surprise of their life and that is: the youth of Pakistan may turn tables and give all of their votes to Tehreek-i-Insaaf!
December 15, 2012 12:59 pm
Before starting new projects, the existing ones have to be fixed. Very simple.
December 15, 2012 11:38 am
Agree with above cited thought! appreciate your extreme + approach.
Cyrus Howell
December 15, 2012 2:04 pm
"The mountain is high, and the emperor is far away."
Neer Nayan
December 15, 2012 4:12 pm
ALLAH TAALA, The Most Gracious One permitting, a dream to drive from Lahore to Sialkot, and then to Murree on such a spectacular and comforting motor way shall be one more blessing to the motoring enthusiasts all over the world, in a prayed for friendly future!
December 15, 2012 4:32 am
Maybe you should move to sialkot
Junaid Sarwar
December 15, 2012 5:56 pm
There should also be an Engineering Institution in Sialkot. PML-Q, during its reign, had started a project of a Sweedish Institute but it was stopped.
December 16, 2012 2:17 am
No doubt Sialkot city is well known for it's Surgical & sports manufacturing through out the world,but criticizing and deploring another city within the country for it's infrastructure,yes i agree any government in power regardless should consider the importance of transport a viable link city to city. There has been progress due to building of motorways linking to some cities,landscapes do change but Heritage and institutions are world apart.London 150 years from today was less than 4 miles square,mostly farmland,they are where there are today by looting our continent,presently they have safeguarded there old Heritage and build infrastructure by good Governance,Unlike our present day politicians so full self interest and professing halo words of wisdom to which many of my fellow countrymen rest on as a Duty.Whats happening in Karachi absolutely (it's the Heart of Pakistan ) whether Sialkot or Lahore will also suffer regardless.From 1947 to present day Pakistan has done quite well,but if Acumen of Pakistani politician & business society been alike Karachi - Lahore - Sialkot & other cities including people would not be suffering as they suffer today crying for better standards.
December 16, 2012 7:10 am
I have nothing to do what they are doing in Lahore as the people of Lahore my required, but what can I say, leave it too to people of Sialkot and they would do this by themselves, as they built Airport and some other projects too. They don't required any help from Punjab Govt as they are busy with Lahore, Laptops etc, We are sialkotees and proud to be..
Saad Sialkoti
December 24, 2012 2:44 am
I think a train (doesn't even need to be high speed, but just 150 km/h) from Sialkot to Lahore is the solution. The journey time would be 40 minutes instead of the current 3 hours. In an area with the density of Northern Punjab, you cannot build enough roads to accomodate all the cars. Even in Lahore they need mass transit, and not more bridges. Stop ruining the cities and creating more population and catering to the rich. Let's build smart solutions now.
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