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OUR BIRTH

1966 - Raising of FWO

Following the formal agreement between Pakistan and China for construction of Karakoram Highway (KKH), Frontier Works Organization (FWO) was raised in 1966 as part of Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers. Initially two Road Construction Groups (RCG) comprising three Road Construction Battalions (having heavy road construction machinery) and three Pioneer Battalions (mostly comprising non-technical work force) were raised.

Execution of KKH Project

KKH Project was executed into two phases:

  • Phase 1. A total of 589 km road was constructed from Thahkot to Khunjerab Pass (15397 ft), out of which 469 km was constructed by FWO, while remaining 120 km was constructed by Chinese.
  • Phase 2. Later, construction of additional 140 km from Thakot to Havelian was executed by FWO.

Commencing construction activities in 1966, FWO divided it’s part of project into two sections: Section-1 (Thakot- Chillas) was assigned to 491 RCG while Section-2 (Chillas-Khunjerab) was assigned to 492 RCG.

GLIMPSES OF KKH CONSTRUCTION
1968 - 1971

1968

Clearing blasted debris by local labour between Raikot and Jaglot Farm, 1968

1968

Clearing blasted debris between near Sikandarabad – Nagar – Gilgit, 1968

1969

Drilling rocks for widening over Bailey Bridge on Kairu Nullah between Pattan and Kamila, Nov 1969

1969

Rock drilling perched high on the Chuchang rocks between Dasu and Barasin, Kohistan, 1969

1969

A view of Bailey Bridge at Yul glacier, below Rakaposhi peak, Nilt, Nagar, Gilgit, 1969

1971

Chief of Staff, Pakistan Army, Gen Abdul Hamid Khan visiting Kairu, Nov 1971

INAUGURATION OF KKH
PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT REALISES TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL OF FWO
FWO's ROLE IN NATION BUILDING

Since its inception FWO has left its imprints, bringing prosperity to utterly deprived and backward areas from the simmering plateaus of Balochistan to the treacherous mountains of erstwhile FATA and from the deserts of Sindh to snowcapped Siachin. Over these years, FWO has played a leading role for the development of communication infrastructure including roads, railway lines and airfields; building of dams, canals and barrages; thermal and hydelpower projects; tunnelling and mining; telecommunication; construction of residential and industrial units and proved its unmatched qualitative and quantitative potential.

Our Shuhadas

Since 1966, FWO has completed 823 Projects worth Rs 2.79 Trillion through sacrifice of 840 Soldiers while constructing KKH and executing projects in other parts of the country