Gilgit-Baltistan: Karakoram Highway- Strategic road for Pakistan

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Hunza—The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is a strategic road for Pakistan used by national as well as international traffic since it provides for a land border between Pakistan and China. For the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, it provides a crucial land link to the rest of the country. However, in recent years, it has suffered considerably from the elements while this is only to be expected, given the harsh terrain and unpredictable weather of the regions it traverses, what is worrying is that those in charge of its maintenance do not seem to be doing their job.

The highway is badly damaged in some places and the result is that while previously it would take between 15-16 hours to travel from Islamabad to Gilgit by bus, now it takes well above 20. Moreover, a large stretch of the highway between central Hunza and Upper Hunza remains blocked for the last 20 months because of the massive landslide at Attabad.—APP


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