Premier Ashraf then flew to Hunza to inaugurate the new 25-kilometre road linking Gojal Valley with the rest of the country. He also inaugurated the Khunjerab to Raikote portion of the Karakoram Highway, which was expanded and upgraded by China.
Attabad Lake, now commonly known as Gojal Lake, is located nine miles upstream of Karimabad, the working capital of Hunza Valley and has now a total stretch of 23 kms in length. The lake also engulfed a major portion of the Karakorum Highway, swallowing almost 12kms of the stretch. This not only broke the road link of the northern part from the rest of the country but also severely affected the trade and transportation which plied on the legendary Silk Route.
The premier also had an aerial tour of the 23-kilometre-long Attabad Lake. He investigated the security efforts beefed up for the protection of travelers and commuters on the KKH after last month’s incidents of sectarian violence in the region.