Retired Chinese soldiers pay homage to Karakoram Highway martyrs
Islamabad: A group of retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers are currently visiting the cemetery of the Chinese workers, who lost their lives during the construction of Karakoram Highway (KKH). The cemetery is located in Gilgit, says a press release received here today from China.
They crossed the Khunjerab border by road travelling through Kashgar and Tashkorghan.
The eight-member delegation from Hunan province of China, comprises three retired PLA soldiers, one relative of a soldier, who died during the construction of KKH more than 30 years ago, as well as four journalists.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, who met them before their departure for Pakistan, appreciated the gesture of paying homage to their martyred compatriots buried in Pakistan. “These soldiers laid down their lives for Pak-China friendship. We value their sacrifice. Their legend will live forever”, he said.
Talking to them Ambassador said that KKH is a living example of Pakistan-China friendship and serves as a bridge between the people of the two neighbouring countries.
Their visit to Pakistan has been widely publicized by the Chinese media.
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