Motorways of Pakistan

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Motorways of Pakistan
Pakistan motorway symbol.svg
Pakistan Motorway symbol
System information
Length: 4,266 km (2,651 mi)
Formed: 1997
Highway names
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Roads in Pakistan

Motorways of Pakistan (Urdu: پاکستان کی موٹروے‎) are a network of multiple-lane, high-speed, limited-access or controlled-access highways in Pakistan, which are owned, maintained and operated federally by Pakistan's National Highway Authority. The total length of Pakistan's motorways is 1010 km as of 4 February 2017. Around 3690 km of motorways are currently under construction at different parts of country. Most of these motorway projects will be completed by 2019.

Salt Range and Motorway M2


Pakistan's motorways are part of Pakistan's "National Trade Corridor Project",[1] which aims to link Pakistan's three Arabian Sea ports (Karachi Port, Port Bin Qasim and Gwadar Port) to the rest of the country through its national highways and motorways network and further north with Afghanistan, Central Asia and China. The project was planned in 1990. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor project aims to link Gwadar Port and Kashgar (China) using Pakistani motorways, national highways, and expressways.

List of motorways[edit]

Name & Sign Course Length Lanes Completion Year Status Remarks
M-1 PeshawarIslamabad[2][3][4] 155 km 6 2007 Operational
M-2 IslamabadLahore 367 km 6 1997 Operational
M-3 LahoreAbdul Hakeem[5] 230 km 6 2018 Under Construction Construction began in December 2015.
M-4 Pindi BhattianMultan[6][5] 309 km 4 2018 Sections 1, 2, 5 Operational
Sections 3, 4 Under Construction
Construction began in 2009.
M-5 MultanSukkur 387 km 6 2019 Under Construction Construction began in May 2016.
M-6 SukkurHyderabad 296 km 6 2020 Contract Awarded Contract awarded. Construction to begin in 2017.
M-7 DaduHub 270 km 4 TBA Proposed Proposed
M-8 RatoderoGwadar 892 km 2 TBD Partially Operational
Under Construction
Partially operational.
M-9 HyderabadKarachi 136 km 6 2017 Partially Operational
Under Construction
Section-1 of 75KM Operational. Construction began in September 2015.
M-10 Karachi Northern Bypass 57 km 2 2007 Operational Operational since 2007. Proposed 4 lane upgrade.
M-11 SialkotLahore 89 km 4 2018 Under Construction Construction began in April 2017
M-14 HaklaDera Ismail Khan 280 km 4 2019 Under Construction Construction began in May 2016

Patrolling and enforcement[edit]

Motorway police patrolling at M2

Pakistan's Motorways are patrolled by Pakistan's National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP), which is responsible for enforcement of traffic and safety laws, security and recovery on the Pakistan Motorway network. The NH&MP use SUVs, cars and heavy motorbikes for patrolling purposes and uses speed cameras for enforcing speed limits.

Emergency runways[edit]

The M-1 motorway (Peshawar-Islamabad) and the M-2 motorway (Islamabad-Lahore) each include two emergency runway sections of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) length. The four emergency runway sections become operational by removing removable concrete medians using forklifts. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has used the M-2 motorway as a runway on two occasions: for the first time in 2000 when it landed an F-7P fighter, a Super Mushak trainer and a C-130 and, again, in 2010. On the last occasion, the PAF used a runway section on the M-2 motorway on 2 April 2010 to land, refuel and take-off two jet fighters, a Mirage III and an F-7P, during its Highmark 2010 exercise.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "M-1 to cut travel time by an hour". DAWN.COM. 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Contract awarded to complete motorway". DAWN.COM. 2002-04-08. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  4. ^ Ali, Zulfiqar (2007-11-18). "PESHAWAR: Measures needed to improve safety on new motorway". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Lahore-Multan motorway to be open for public in April 2018 - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  6. ^ "ADB approves $100m loan for M-4 motorway - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
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