M2 motorway, Pakistan

M2 motorway, Pakistan

There are 67 comments on the Canada.com story from Dec 18, 2009, titled M2 motorway, Pakistan. In it, Canada.com reports that:

If you want a slice of peace and stability in a country with a reputation for violence and chaos, try Pakistana s M2 motorway.

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mICHEAL

Rawalpindi, Pakistan

#1 Dec 18, 2009
If you want a slice of peace and stability in a country with a reputation for violence and chaos, try Pakistan’s M2 motorway.

At times foreign reporters need to a give a nation a rest from their instinctive cynicism. I feel like that with Pakistan each time I whizz along the M2 between Islamabad and Lahore, the only motorway I know that inspires me to write.

Now, if the M2 conjures images of bland, spotless tarmac interspersed with gas stations and fast food outlets, you would be right. But this is South Asia, land of potholes, reckless driving and the occasional invasion of livestock.

And this is Pakistan, for many a "failed state". Here, blandness can inspire almost heady optimism.

Built in the 1990s at a cost of around $1 billion, the 228-mile (367-km) motorway -- which continues to Peshawar as the M1 -- is like a six-lane highway to paradise in a country that usually makes headlines for suicide bombers, army offensives and political mayhem.

Indeed, for sheer spotlessness, efficiency and emptiness there is nothing like the M2 in the rest of South Asia.

It puts paid to what’s on offer in Pakistan’s traditional foe and emerging economic giant India, where village culture stubbornly refuses to cede to even the most modern motorways, making them battlegrounds of rickshaws, lorries and cows.

There are many things in Pakistan that don’t get into the news. Daily life, for one. Pakistani hospitality to strangers, foreigners like myself included, is another. The M2 is another sign that all is not what it appears in Pakistan, that much lies hidden behind the bad news.

On a recent M2 trip, my driver whizzed along but kept his speedometer firmly placed on the speed limit. Here in this South Asian Alice’s Wonderland, the special highway police are considered incorruptible. The motorway is so empty one wonders if it really cuts through one of the region’s most populated regions.

"130, OK, but 131 is a fine," said the driver, Noshad Khan. "The police have cameras," he added, almost proudly. His hand waved around in the car, clenched in the form of a gun.

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#2 Dec 18, 2009
HeHe...Found my target for next month.

“image gallery of moenjodaro”

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#3 Dec 19, 2009
TTP Financer wrote:
HeHe...Found my target for next month.
What Else India Good at Instead Terrorism

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#4 Dec 19, 2009
MOMIN ANSARI wrote:
<quoted text>What Else India Good at Instead Terrorism
TTP people are very close to Indian hearts. Stop supporting America's War on Islam then there will be peace in Porkistan.

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#5 Dec 19, 2009
MOMIN ANSARI wrote:
<quoted text>What Else India Good at Instead Terrorism
software industry, tourism industry , outsourcing, pharmaceutical , textiles, education industry , housing sector, petrochemical, banking sector,Aviation,Biotech,Manufa cturing(steel , fibre etc), car industry.etc etc etc etc etc etc

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#6 Dec 19, 2009
TTP Financer wrote:
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TTP people are very close to Indian hearts. Stop supporting America's War on Islam then there will be peace in Porkistan.
Mr TTP.
it's sad that Indian police beating u in your ID picture.
U must be a great.. lol

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#7 Dec 19, 2009
Danger Warrior- wrote:
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Mr TTP.
it's sad that Indian police beating u in your ID picture.
U must be a great.. lol
Thats your dad. When your Mom was getting flogged by Taliban yesterday she complained that her husband doesn't satisfy her thats why she was flirting with younger kids in the area. The matter was taken to the local police and during that time a Mulla suggested that punishment for your dad.

Please don't tell your mom about this.

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#8 Dec 19, 2009
TTP Financer wrote:
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Thats your dad. When your Mom was getting flogged by Taliban yesterday she complained that her husband doesn't satisfy her thats why she was flirting with younger kids in the area. The matter was taken to the local police and during that time a Mulla suggested that punishment for your dad.
Please don't tell your mom about this.
but your Mom is very happy with me. She su** my Di** very nicely and she looks so beautiful in GHORI STYLE. she love to take my di** in her a**. she told me that u also fu** her. Ohh U fu** your own mother. BEGERAT. your Mom told me that u r a son of a SHODAR. a SHODAR fu** your Mom when she was in college. and then he got married with a SHEMALE. and after 9 month a Najeez child (YOU) come in this world.
Ahh, u r a son of Shodar.

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#9 Dec 19, 2009
Danger Warrior- wrote:
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but your Mom is very happy with me.
Tell her to satisfy your mother...;-)
Khan from Islamabad

Pakistan

#10 Dec 19, 2009
TTP Financer wrote:
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TTP people are very close to Indian hearts. Stop supporting America's War on Islam then there will be peace in Porkistan.
TTP people are very close to Indian hearts,
Offcourse these terrorists use Islam for hiding and In India Hindu terrorists are oprating openly.

Both are killing Muslims.
FINELINE

London, Canada

#11 Dec 19, 2009
Now if we can stay on topic and ignore the outside distractors.
FINELINE...
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/091216/n_t...
Khan from Islamabad

Pakistan

#12 Dec 20, 2009
Internationally funded and planed terrorism in Pakistan has agenda to stop progress in Pakistan but failing due to courage of Pakistani peoples and efforts, sacrifices of Pakistan army and other security persons.

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#13 Dec 20, 2009
Khan from Islamabad wrote:
Internationally funded and planed terrorism in Pakistan has agenda to stop progress in Pakistan but failing due to courage of Pakistani peoples and efforts, sacrifices of Pakistan army and other security persons.
and corruption by President
Khan from Islamabad

Pakistan

#14 Dec 20, 2009
PAKISTAN’S GDP grew rate was 7.2% in 2006-7,second after china.
After that due to terrorism it goes down.
shahzad

UAE

#15 Dec 20, 2009
nothing

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#16 Dec 20, 2009
Khan from Islamabad wrote:
PAKISTAN’S GDP grew rate was 7.2% in 2006-7,second after china.
After that due to terrorism it goes down.
hahahaha

Madrassa education

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#17 Dec 20, 2009
equiliz3r wrote:
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hahahaha
Madrassa education
I Traveled just recently during my Trip to Hill Station Murree ...The Progress is far more Good and I can share some new Photographs ... More than 100 Pictures of this Magnificant Six Lane Motarway ...

Can u tell me some useful Site so that i can upload all its Photos ...to share it with u all..

I Catch all the glory of it by myself Excellent ...

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#18 Dec 20, 2009
MOMIN ANSARI wrote:
<quoted text>
I Traveled just recently during my Trip to Hill Station Murree ...The Progress is far more Good and I can share some new Photographs ... More than 100 Pictures of this Magnificant Six Lane Motarway ...
Can u tell me some useful Site so that i can upload all its Photos ...to share it with u all..
I Catch all the glory of it by myself Excellent ...
yes sure.....

Flickr

wikicannons

photobucket

imageshack

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#19 Dec 20, 2009
Is it a first tie pakis have seen 6 lane road?????

come to my city..........I will show you 10 lane road
Khan from Islamabad

Pakistan

#20 Dec 22, 2009
equiliz3r wrote:
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hahahaha
Madrassa education
Where Indians live? Jonperpati or open.
Houses are for upper BERHAMAN cast.

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