By Rafiullah Mandokhail
ZHOB: National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) West Zone organised a road safety seminar here at Circuit house. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) NH&MP Ali Sher Jhakrani was the chief guest, while the provincial minister Mitha Khan Kakar presided over the event. SP Fahad Khosa, AC Ahmed Haroon, DPM BRSP Ibrahim Agha, General Manager NCHD Abdul Razzaq Kakar, Samad Khan Hariphal of Human Dynamics, SHO Sher Ali Mandokhail, former chairman Abdul Saleem Mandokhail, Advocate Abdul Wahid Kakar, Sami-ur-Rehman of MERC, journalists, officials, transporter and people from different walks of life attended the seminar.
NH&MP officers Ramzan Taj and Jehandar Shah Mandokhail welcomed the participants and highlighted the road safety measures and emphasized the importance of obeying traffic rules.
Speaking on the occasion DIG Jhakrani said that the aim of holding seminar was to make travel on the national highway safer and to make the people aware of traffic rules. He urged the youth to follow road safety measures to minimize accidents.
“Many precious lives can be saved if the motorists followed traffic rules. NH&MP will utilize all its available resources to educate the people about adopting safety measures and following traffic rules,” he said.
Advocate Abdul Wahid Kakar also spoke and said that many tragic traffic accidents have taken place on Zhob-Quetta national highway (N-50) during the last couple of years and many precious lives have been lost. Vehicles had been procured for the highway in 2014 and hundreds of staff were also recruited but neither the newly recruited staff was deployed nor patrolling of personnel started on the highway to control mishaps. The highway N-50 starts from Kuchlak and ends near D.I Khan.
“Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail has ordered the department for patrolling on the highway. The patrolling will definitely reduce the accident chances on the N-50 highway,” he said.
Last year petitioner advocate Abdul Wahid Kakar had filed a constitutional petition in the High Court. CJ BHC has ordered the motorway authorities to initiate patrolling on the highway to prevent accidents. Before the start of the patrolling, the authority has decided to hold a seminar in order to raise awareness among the people.
According to Medical Emergency Response Center’s statistics, dozens of accidents on the highway take place every day.
“Over 300 accidents have been occurred in the last three months. Hundreds of people have been died on this national highway so far,” MERC report reveled.