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  1. GUMM
  2. Annus Horibilis
  3. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  4. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  5. Method in the Madness
  6. Legal System Reforms
  7. Power Over Impulse
  8. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  9. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  10. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  11. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  12. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  13. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  14. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  15. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  16. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  17. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  18. NEWS PICKS
  19. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  20. Fitness with the Mughal
  21. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  22. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  23. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  24. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  25. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  26. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  27. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  28. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  29. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  30. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  31. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  32. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  33. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  34. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  35. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  36. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  37. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  38. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  39. Money for nothing, bits for free
  40. FinTech
  41. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  42. Crisis of Civilization
  43. Child Sexual Abuse
  44. Education is the only Solution
  45. Fit for Purpose
  46. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  47. Mini meringue recipe
  48. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  49. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  50. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  51. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  52. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  53. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  54. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  55. Five major political events of 2017
  56. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  57. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  58. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  59. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  60. What we can learn from Ghalib
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In conversation with Bilal Afzal Khan

Express is Peshawar based and travels to Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, and Swat. Facing difficulties at the start, Afzal was determined to power through. Creating a world class public transport company was the order of the day, particularly in KPK he felt.  “When I was abroad, I was amazed to see how modern the level of public transport was. Pakistan, especially KPK was in desperate need of public transportation. It hit me back in 2006 when I saw loads of people in a broken down Suzuki coaster. The women and children looked so uncomfortable. In the sweltering summer heat of Peshawar, people were stuffed like sardines in those terrible coasters. That is when the idea of Motorway Express came to me.”

 

What excites you about your business?

I have always been passionate about cars. My love for cars is what drew me towards this path. It also gives me great satisfaction to see people travelling comfortably in my vans. I have always believed that the right to modern public transportation is a universal right.

 

What were the initial difficulties you faced?

There was a lot of red tape to deal with. I was constantly discouraged in the beginning by government officials. The public transport industry does not have the best reputation, so I was prepared for this.  However, I had no choice but to be persistent. I want young entrepreneurs to know that perseverance takes you a very long way. I may not be the most educated man around, but what I do have is a never say die attitude. The main reason Motorway Express is here today is because I kept at it.

 

What does the public transport industry lack?

Where do I begin? It is still very backward. Most vehicles are in poor condition. A lot of the drivers are not trained properly, making it a very dangerous situation. Punctuality, or lack of it, is another massive issue.  I will say however that things have improved, and that is largely thanks to Daewoo as they set the trend.

 

How do you stay on top of things?

One has to be involved in every part of the business. I started from the very bottom. You cannot just sit there and delegate. Otherwise at some point your business will go under. It is crucial to motivate your employees. I used to wash the cars myself to show my employees how committed I am. I began with 8 employees, and now I am proud to say Motorway Express has over 100.

 

How do you ensure the safety of your passengers?

That is the most important for me, the safety of my passengers. The public transport industry does not have the best reputation when it comes to safety, which is why I have made sure that all our drivers are well trained and reliable. My utmost priority is to make sure that women and children feel safe in my vehicles.

 

Would you encourage young people to get into this business?

We definitely need young educated people in the transport business. With technology growing rapidly, it is vital that the youth, who understand technology, better than the previous generation get involved in this. The transport industry will suffer if we don’t seek to modernise it. It is also important that we develop proper workshops, so people get a better understanding of this multifaceted business.

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