The city of footballs takes off

Sialkot, situated almost half the way to Islamabad from Lahore, is a city famous for exporting world class sports goods (read footballs), utensils and surgical instruments. Despite of its high industrial and economic status, the city pathetically lacks decent accomodation or hotels, and good logistics links with the rest of the country. But everything is going to change for the good now.

With a new Rs.40 billion Motorway link between Lahore and Sialkot in the planning stages, the city already has an international airport now.

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Last year, the people of Sialkot made history by building the first privately owned airport in the country. SIAL by every mean and measure is the largest privately sponsored infrastructure project in Pakistan and speaks for the marvels industry investments into society can bring.

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) started its first scheduled service off Sialkot on November 30, 2007 and from February 15, 2008, Sialkot has been brought online on PIA’s international service with weekly flights to Kuwait. Plans for a regular international cargo service are in the final stages too.

This indeed is great news for the people of Sialkot while for Lahoris, it gives us access to the facility of Pakistan’s longest runway (welcoming prospective arrival of the A380 in Pakistan) just on a two hours drive.

LMB congratulates the people of Sialkot for showing us all how citizens can make real difference and benefit from unity of economic and social strength.

1 Comment so far

  1. Mohamamd Asid (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

    I realy apprecite the effort of the sialkot peoples. i m outside the country in kuwait i m very happy that i when i will go to pakistan next time i will land in my city ( i m proud of sialkot ) sialkot.

    thanks God,



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