ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnels, which have been constructed by China over the Attabad Lake in Gilgit-Baltistan's Hunza valley today. 

It has been rebuilt to restore the part of the road that had submerged causing the creation of a lake known as Attabad Lake due to landsliding in January 2010.

The seven-kilometer long five tunnels are part of 24-kilometer long portion of the reconstructed Karakorum Highway.  Two big bridges and 78 small bridges have also been constructed on the rebuilt road.

The tunnels have been constructed by the National Highway Authority (NHA) in collaboration with the China Road and Bridge Corporation to restore part of the road which had submerged under the Attabad Lake. The project has been completed in a span of three years and two months.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the project that has been completed by National Highway Authority in collaboration with China Road and Bridge Corporation.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Governor GB Barjees Tahir, Chief Minister GB Hafeezur Rehman and China's Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the premier was received at Gilgit Airport by chief minister GB. The chief minister briefed the prime minister about progress of other developmental projects in the area and performance of GB government.