Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that industrialization and tourist development are urgently needed to repay debts through increasing exports and income generation. The premier, speaking at a ceremony after breaking ground on the Sialkot-Kharian Motorway in Islamabad on Thursday, said that developing industrial zones is a top priority for the government.

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The occasion was attended by Murad Saeed, Minister of Communications, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, SAPM Usman Dar, and National Highway Authority Chairman Captain (r) Khurram Agha.

The prime minister, who had previously placed a plaque to mark the start of construction on the 69-kilometer highway, said the area had enormous potential for industrialisation and that the government needed to incentivize the industrial sector to boost exports and income.

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He said that the highway will help the highly populated industrial triangle of Gujranwala-Wazirabad-Sialkot. The project’s overall length is 69 kilometres, which includes a 60-kilometer main highway and a 9-kilometer connecting expressway. The motorway will run from Sambrial Interchange, which is at the end of the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway, to Kharian on N-5 (GT Road).

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