Infrastructure Introduction

Pakistan’s economy exhibits an episodic pattern of growth characterized by boom-and-bust periods. A narrow production and export base makes the economy less resilient to adverse economic shocks, which results in a binding balance-of payment constraint to growth.

Pakistan represents an opportunity for significant growth. Public infrastructure in Pakistan has made some progress over the last five decades.  The government’s attention to the construction sector, combined with the demographic realities of the population, means that urban development simply must occur. As per World Bank, $2.4 billion government investment for highways, power and transportation this year has been declared.

Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world more than 220 million people and accounts for about 2.8% of the world population.

The country occupies an area of 796,095 km². Its capital is Islamabad. The largest port, city and business capital is Karachi. Pakistan's second-largest city is Lahore. Other major Pakistani cities are Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, Hyderabad (Pakistan), Peshawar, and Quetta. Spoken languages are Urdu, English, Punjabi, Sindhi, Dari, Balochi, and Pashto. Main religion is Islam.

Highways form the backbone of Pakistan's transport system; a total road length of 164,006 miles (263,942 kilometres) accounts for 92% of passengers and 96% of inland freight traffic.

Motorways of Pakistan are a network of multiple-lane, high-speed, controlled-access highways in Pakistan, which are owned, maintained, and operated federally by Pakistan's National Highway Authority. 1882 km of motorways are operational, while an additional 1854 km are under construction or planned.