Pakistan remembers victims of October 8 earthquake on 17th anniversary
Nation remembered the victims of October 8 Muzaffarabad earthquake on Saturday (today) on the 17th anniversary. It was the worst seismic disaster in the country’s history that killed over 87,000 people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Prayers ceremony will be held in Islamabad in memory of the people who died in the 2005 earthquake, where a minute’s silence will be observed by the members of the ceremony.
The special ceremonies include awareness walks, seminars and symposiums across the Valley which will be attended by the people representing all walks of life including social and political workers, lawyers, journalists and members of the business fraternity.
In Mirpur, the major ceremony will be held where fateha Khawani will be offered for the martyrs following blowing of sirens and observing two minutes silence to pay respect to the victims.
More than 70000 people were killed and thousands were injured due to the terrible earthquake of October 8, most of Muzaffarabad and Bagh areas were affected by the earthquake, while a part of the Margalla Towers of Islamabad was also destroyed by the earthquake.
According to the report, this earthquake occurred at a depth of 15 km underground, with a magnitude of 7.6. The devastating earthquake destroyed 95% of the infrastructure of Balakot, while thousands of people were affected in Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Hazara and Rawalakot.
Almost 0.5 million people were also displaced due to the earthquake of October 8, Muzaffarabad area was the most affected in this earthquake, while houses, schools, colleges, offices, hotels, hospitals, markets and plazas were piled up in Muzaffarabad.
8 October one of the darkest days in Pakistan’s history: PM Shehbaz
Taking to twitter, prime minister Shehbaz Sharif remembered the disastrous October 8 day as the ‘darkest day’ of Pakistan’s history which brought back the heart-wrenching memories of the victims of the Muzaffarabad earthquake.
The premier wrote: “The 8th of October is one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. It brings back the heart-wrenching memories of the earthquake of 2005. The massive loss of life our people suffered continues to sadden us to this day. May the departed souls rest in eternal peace! Ameen”