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Ministry of Communications (MoC)

Ministry of CommunicationsMinistry of Communications functions as a central policy making and administrative authority on Communications and Transport Sector in the Country, with mission of achieving National Cohesion and integration through development of sustainable communication infrastructure for Socio-economic uplift of the country by providing enabling environment to facilitate movement of people, goods and services in minimum time and cost. The designated Executing Agency (EA) of the road safety component of TA 8990-PAK is the Ministry of Communications (MoC).

Functions of the Ministry: The main objectives / functions of the Ministry of Communications are:

  • Prioritization of development projects and operational activities according to economic, social and strategic needs of the country.
  • Provide effective support to the economy.
  • Promote international competitiveness of our exports and increase operational effectiveness to meet challenges of globalization.
  • Integrate remote areas of the country into the economic mainstream.
  • Improve project monitoring and implementation.
  • Train and improve quality of human resources.
  • Enhance good governance through incentives and disciplinary action.
  • Improve values and ethics to build responsive organizations.
  • Provide safe and smooth travel on National Highways & Motorways.
  • Provide an efficient, reliable and speedy postal service matching the private sector courier services.
  • Carry out research on road engineering, building and management.
  • Modernize post and provide exemplary service to the public.
  • Open up unexplored areas through expanding national roads networks.

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The National Highway Authority (NHA):

National Highway AuthorityThe National Highway Authority (NHA) was created, in 1991, through an Act of the Parliament, for planning, development, operation, repair and maintenance of National Highways and Strategic Roads specially entrusted to NHA by the Federal Government or by a Provincial Government or other authority concerned. NHA is custodian of 39 national highways / motorways / expressway / strategic routes having a total length of 12,131 kms. It is 4.6% of total national road network i.e. 263,775 kms, however, it carries 80% of commercial traffic and N-5 which is blood-line of Pakistan, carries 65% of this load in the country. Being custodian of Highway assets of Pakistan's road network, NHA is committed to provide safe, modern and efficient transportation system. As the cornerstone of Highway network, National Highways functions as the backbone of Pakistan's transportation system, plays an important role in the development of micro and macro economy and also enhances the national integration by increasing the social and economic dependence among the Provinces.

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National Transport Research Center (NTRC)

National Transport Research Center (NTRC)National Transport Research Centre (NTRC) was established in June 1974 in the Planning and Development Division, as one of its Technical Sections, to provide much needed research and development (R&D) support for planning and appraisal of transport sector projects/plans in a coordinated and cost effective manner. NTRC was transferred as such to the Communications Division in November 1992. It is effectively functioning as an R&D Wing of the Ministry of Communications.

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National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP)

National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP)In the Year 1997, reforms were brought in the history of policing in Pakistan and a modern, proficient and efficient police force was raised for traffic management and order on the Motorways (M-2). There were more critics than supporters because of the failure of previous attempts made in this regard. The professional policemen believed that it was not possible to improve the working of practicing Police.

This emerging new force was a u-turn and a complete transformation of police culture, therefore the pleasant change in no time earned the respect and appreciation of the public. Initially there were no fresh recruitments and all the officers were taken from the police setups of different provinces and were put under intensive training and motivational programs. All efforts were made to mould this force as true public servant. The result of this great venture astounded everyone. Another surprising change observed that the same officers, who were involved in heinous malpractices in the provinces, became noble, honest and efficient. It was thus concluded that through proper training, guidance, by providing compatible working conditions and taking care of some basic human needs, this miracle was possible.

The government in recognition of excellent performance of Motorway Police, decided to expand its network to National Highways, which initially operated on the Peshawar-Karachi National Highway (N-5). Thus the nomenclature of the department was changed from Pakistan Motorways Police to National Highways And Motorway Police (NH&MP). This decision again brought out criticism and certain orthodox statements. Critics visualized certain failures of this new department regarding policing on N-5. The apprehensions were logical when taken into consideration the complexity of the traffic, attitude of drivers and behavior of the pedestrians, on the highways of Pakistan. Again the task was a difficult one and the hard earned, goodwill and pride, was at stake. NH&MP commenced policing on N-5, with effect from June 2001 but despite of all fears it proved to be successful. With this success, the government further decided to handover all the federal highways of Pakistan to NH&MP in phases. Later on, some other highways have also been taken over and presently policing 2695 Kms highways and motorways.

Today, by the grace of Allah, NH&MP is the only institution, whose efficiency is being praised by people from all walks of life. From the very outset, NH&MP has earned support and confidence of general public. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan, a police force is being lauded for its honesty, integrity, behavior, help and public service.

In the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) report for the year 2002, NH&MP was reported to be the only corruption free department in the country. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Aziz also declared this force as "The Island of Excellence". Transparency International has included NH&MP among the corruption-free departments of the world.

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