The Khunjerab Pass, a crucial land trade route connecting Pakistan and China, will remain accessible until January 16 to facilitate trade activities between the two nations, as per Radio Pakistan.
This border, linking Gilgit Baltistan to China’s Xinjiang autonomous region, stands as the highest paved international border and is typically closed from November to March due to extreme cold weather conditions. However, it was temporarily reopened this week to support trade operations.
Despite last year’s announcement by caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar regarding the conversion of Khunjerab Pass into an all-weather border, the decision has not yet been realized.
Both countries actively collaborate on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship project under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With a commitment of over $65 billion, the initiative focuses on infrastructure development, including roads and railways, in Pakistan.