Passing through the Salt Ranges
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The National Highway Authority (NHA) is the premier road management and regulatory agency managing all national highways, motorways and strategic roads in Pakistan. National highways network consisting of 8,845 Km is 3.5 percent of the total road length in Pakistan and carries 75 % to 85 % of the total commercial traffic. The government has decided to gradually increase the present national average road density from 0.24Km/ sq.
N-5 Karachi-Thatta-Hyderabad-Moro-Multan-Sahiwal-Lahore-Jhelum-Rawalpinid-Peshawar-Torkham (Grand Trunk Road) 1819 km
N-10 Lyari-Gwadar-Gabd (Makran Coastal Highway) 653 km
N-15 Mansehra-Naran-Jhalkhand 240 km
N-25 Karachi-Bela-Khuzdar-Kalat-Quetta-Chaman (RCD Highway) 813 km
N-35 Hasanabdal-Abbottabad-Thakot-Gilgit-Khunjerab (Karakoram Highway, KKH) 806 km
N-40 Lakpass-Nokundi-Taftan 610 km
N-45Nowhera-dir-Chitral 309 km
N-50 Kuchlac-Zhob-Dl Khan 531 km
N-55 Kotri-Shikarpur-DG Khan-Kohat-Peshawar (Indus Highway) 1264 km
N-65 Sukkar-Sibi-Saryab 385 km
N-70 Qilasaifullah-Loralai-DG Khan-Multan 447 km
N-75 Islamabad-Satra Mile-Lower Topa (Murree)- Kohala (Murree Expressway) 90 km
S-1 Jaglot (KKH)- Shangrial-Karachi-Skardu 167 km
S-2 Kohala-Muzaffarabad 40 km
Lahore - Sialkot Carriageway 101 km 6 Lanes Under Construction
Lahore - Faisalabad Carriageway
M1 Peshawar-Islamabad 155 km 6 Lanes Under Construction
M2 Islambad-Pinidi Bhattian-Lahore 367 km 6 Lanes Completed
M3 Pinidi Bhattian - Faisalabad 53 km 6 Lanes Completed
M4 Faisalabad - Multan 243 km 4 Lanes Planned
M5 Multan - DG Khan 84 km 6 Lanes Planned
M6 DG Khan - Kakkar 467 km 2 Lanes Planned
M7 Kakkar - Karachi 280 km 2 Lanes Planned
M8 Ratodero - Gwadar 895 km 2 Lanes Under Construction
M9 Karachi-Hyderabad 136 km 4 Lanes Planned
M10 Karachi Northern Bypass 64 km 4,6 or 8 Lanes Planned
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world.
It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 4,693 metres (15,397 feet). It connects China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Northern Areas and also serves as a popular tourist attraction.
The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, and was completed in 1986, after 20 years of construction. 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road.
On the Pakistani side, the road was constructed by FWO (Frontier Works Organization), employing the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers. Presently, the Engineer-in-Chief branch of the Pakistani Army is working on a project documenting the history of the highway. It is being written by Brigadier (Retired) Muhammad Mumtaz Khalid, who oversaw its construction.
The highway, connecting the Northern Areas of Pakistan to the ancient Silk Road, runs approximately 1,300 km from Kashgar, a city in the Xinjiang region of China, to Havelian, located in the Abbottabad District of Pakistan. An extension of the highway meets the Grand Trunk Road at Hasan Abdal, west of Islamabad, Pakistan.
The highway cuts through the collision zone between the Asian and Indian continents, where China, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India come within 250km of each other. Owing largely to the extremely sensitive state of the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan, the Karakoram highway has strategic and military importance.
On June 30, 2006, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Pakistani Highway Administration and China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) to rebuild and upgrade the KKH. According to SASAC, the width of the highway will be expanded from 10 meters to 30 meters, and its transport capacity will be increased three times. As well, the upgraded road will be constructed to particularly accommodate heavy-laden vehicles and extreme weather conditions.
China and Pakistan are also planning to link the Karakoram Highway to the southern port of Gwadar in Balochistan through the Chinese-aided Gwadar-Dalbandin railway, which extends up to Rawalpindi.
* Khunjerab Pass
* Tashkurgan, China
* Kashgar - Chinese railhead - 1435mm gauge.
On June 1, 2006, a daily bus service began between Gilgit, FANA, Pakistan and Kashghar, China, through the Sust and Tashkorgan border area.
Zara nam ho to yeh matti bahot zarkhez hey saqi.
A few month back I traveled from Peshawar to Islamabad on the motorway. It was such a fantastic journey. So beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Want to be a true Pakistani. May Allah keep me away from Corruption and HARAM. May Allah give me the power to respect HUMANS and Humanity. May Allah give me the power to help the POOR. AAMIN.