In the Year 1997, reforms were brought in the history of policing in Pakistan and a modern, proficient and efficient police force was raised for traffic management and order on the Motorways (M-2). There were more critics than supporters because of the failure of previous attempts made in this regard. The professional policemen believed that it was not possible to improve the working of practicing Police.
This emerging new force was a u-turn and a complete transformation of police culture, therefore the pleasant change in no time earned the respect and appreciation of the public. Initially there were no fresh recruitment and all the officers were taken from the police setups of different provinces and were put under intensive training and motivational programs. All efforts were made to mould this force as true public servant. The result of this great venture astounded everyone. Another surprising change observed that the same officers, who were involved in heinous malpractices in the provinces, became noble, honest and efficient. It was thus concluded that through proper training, guidance, by providing compatible working conditions and taking care of some basic human needs, this miracle was possible.
The government in recognition of excellent performance of Motorway Police, decided to expand its network to National Highways, which initially operated on the Peshawar-Karachi National Highway (N-5). Thus the nomenclature of the department was changed from Pakistan Motorways Police to National Highways And Motorway Police (NH&MP).
This decision again brought out criticism and certain orthodox statements. Critics visualized certain failures of this new department regarding policing on N-5. The apprehensions were logical when taken into consideration the complexity of the traffic, attitude of drivers and behavior of the pedestrians, on the highways of Pakistan. Again the task was a difficult one and the hard earned, goodwill and pride, was at stake. NH&MP commenced policing on N-5, with effect from June 2001 but despite of all fears it proved to be successful. With this success, the government further decided to handover all the federal highways of Pakistan to NH&MP in phases.
Today, by the grace of Allah, NH&MP is the only institution, whose efficiency is being praised by people from all walks of life. From the very outset, NH&MP has earned support and confidence of general public. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan, a police force is being lauded for its honesty, integrity, behavior, help and public service.
In the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) report for the year 2002, NH&MP was reported to be the only corruption free department in the country. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Aziz also declared this force as “The Island of Excellence”. Transparency International has included NH&MP among the corruption-free departments of the world.
Now people are demanding that this department may be declared as a model and this experiment may also be replicated to other departments. Initially, the experiment has already been replicated in the shape of Islamabad Model City Traffic Police and Punjab Traffic Wardens, who have been trained by NH&MP.