The number of people killed on Balochistan’s highways in one year is more than the number of terrorists killed in the last 10 years

Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, has serious traffic safety issues. Compared to other provinces, Balochistan lacks double-lane highways, which leads to many accidents and deaths.

A report in 2021 revealed that 8,000 people lost their lives in highway accidents in Balochistan in a single year. This is far more than the 2,238 deaths caused by terrorism in the last ten years. The Quetta-Karachi Highway, an important 813-km long road, is known for accidents and has been nicknamed “Killer Road”. More than 800 accidents occur every year on this single-lane highway.

There are many tragic stories. In 2019, nine family members lost their lives when a van and a truck collided on the Quetta-Karachi highway. In another accident, a bus caught fire in Lasbela killing all 27 people. Former Makran Commissioner Captain Tariq Zehri also died in an accident involving an oil tanker.

According to a recent report by the Balochistan Medical Emergency Response Centre, there have been 46,000 accidents in the last five years resulting in 64,000 injuries. The N25 highway is the most dangerous as it is prone to accidents due to speeding, driver errors and its single-lane structure.

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