3. In March 1963, Pakistan and China signed a historic border agreement. Three years later, the two countries agreed to construct a road that would provide a hitherto non-existent road-link for mutual benefit. The Highway, a symbol of Pakistan-China Cooperation, took ten years to complete. The Highway is an incredible feat of engineering and an enduring monument to the 810 Pakistanis and 82 Chinese who lost their lives during construction work in what is probably the world's most difficult and unstable terrain. In 1986 the border at Khunjerab was opened for travel and business. The road has spurred the commercial activity between the two countries. It has also provided a cheaper and convenient instrument for contact between Pakistani and Chinese people who for centuries were insulated by a hostile geography.
4. Karakoram Highway has a strategic importance that overarches the whole region. It forms the Asian 'high road' loop that binds Pakistan and China and can also serve as a link between China and the Central Asian states.
5. Karakoram Highway is a marvellous symbol of Pakistan-China cooperation and friendship. Date of Issue (October 01, 2003)