THE Jamshoro-Sehwan Indus Highway is a deadly highway on which a number of accidents have taken place. Most part of the highway from Jamshoro to Aamri has been upgraded as dual carriageway, but the patch from Khanoth to Manjhand is still awaiting completion. Recently, I narrowly escaped a horrible accident at Khasai, near Khanoth, when a fast-moving bus coming from the opposite direction forced me to apply emergency brakes, leaving me in a state of utter shock.

I called the National Highway and Motorway Police (NHMP) helpline to get my complaint lodged. According to their officer in Petaro, the bus had been stopped at Sann, and the driver was warned along with some sort of safety briefing. Are such warnings and ‘briefings’ enough for such irresponsible drivers?

The NHMP should activate its force between Khanoth and Manjhand on an immediate basis to avoid any mishap because, being a frequent traveller of the said route, I have never ever seen any activity, surveillance, patrolling or law-enforcement by NHMP at this dangerous part of the N-55 highway.

Salar Lateef
Karachi

Published in Dawn, May 22nd, 2024

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