a testament to the Pak-China friendship–China Economic Net

By Fatima Javed

Passing through one of the highest paved roads in the world of Karakoram highway, crossing the long well-built tunnels and bridges, Gilgit-Baltistan undoubtedly shows a true testimony of Pak-China friendship, as most of the development took place in the region was under CPEC.

While traveling through the northern regions of Pakistan from Islamabad to Khunjerab Pass, there was an eyewitness account from Gwadar Pro Correspondent which includes upgrading and upgrading of Karakoram highway and construction of an important project which is the Dasu dam.

Karakoram Highway (KKH) patch from chilas to Hunza

BALTISTAN, May 7, (Gwadar Pro) – Most of the roads and highways to Khunjerab Pass were found to be very smooth and well constructed for driving. However, a few sections of the highway between Dasu and Chilas were still under construction and difficult to drive across.

Most impressive was the scenic and natural beauty around the northern regions as well as the well-built tourist resorts visited daily by many foreigners, including those from China, Korea, Malaysia and European countries.

The weather was quite warm throughout Gilgit-Baltistan while the temperature was low around 4 Celsius at Khunjerab Pass. Surprisingly, the Pakistan-China border gate was manned by a single security staff.

Tourists flock to the Pak-China border in large numbers during the summers despite the border being closed until June.

This reflects the fact that there is a lot of trust, peace and harmony between the two countries. The security officer told the correspondent that a huge contingent of security personnel is not needed to guard the border as there are no security threats on either side.

The guard also informed that the current border is closed but likely to be opened around June 1 for trade activities between the two countries.

Silk Road logo truck spotted at KKH

It was also found on the journey to Khunjerab Pass that most of the roads were filled with Pak-China friendship signs and posters. It was seen that the construction of the Dasu dam was in full swing while the Chinese management of a few sites seemed very dedicated and committed to its speedy completion.

Long live the Pak-China friendship sign near Attabad Hunza Lake

The Karakoram Highway, also known as N-35, with a total length of 1,300 km, connects Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China. The highway provides access to Gilgit and Skardu from Islamabad by road. Tourists now prefer this highway.

Along the highway, the reporter saw massive peaks over 7,000 meters, beautiful blue lakes, and met some of the most hospitable people on the planet.

Friendship Pak-China Tunnel Attabad N0. 2 built in 2012

The route includes five tunnels and several bridges. The longest tunnel measures 3,360 m (11,020 ft), followed by 2,736 m (8,976 ft), 435 m (1,427 ft), 410 m (1,350 ft) and 195 m (640 ft), while the large Shishkat bridge over the Hunza River is 480 m (1,570 ft) long.

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