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Pakistan observes 15th anniversary of deadly 2005 earthquake


Muzaffarabad: National Resilience Day is being observed in Pakistan to mark 15th anniversary of tragic earthquake that hit Azad Kashmir and Northern Pakistan in 2005.

According to details, the earthquake claimed thousands of lives besides causing massive damage to infrastructure especially in Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In order to express solidarity with the victims of calamities, various events are being organized in different parts of the country including Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the martyrs and prosperity of the country.

Prime Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider will lay floral wreath at Martyrs’ Memorial.

The 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck on October 8, 2005, killed more than 80,000 people. It also destroyed several villages, roads, schools, hospitals and caused massive land sliding in the most affected areas.

In his message on the occasion of National Resilience Day, Punjab Chief Minister Usman said that the earthquake of 2005 was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of Pakistan.

“Even after 15 years, people are unable to forget the damage it has caused. We express our full sympathy with the families of those killed in earthquake. Pakistani nation extends full support and condolences to the victims,” he said.

CM further stated that Pakistani nation has always proved itself in every hour of trial.

“Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, unite us. The nation has set an example of self-sacrifice by generously helping the quake-affected brothers and sisters,” he added.

He added that relevant institutions are being equipped with modern training and technology to deal with natural disasters in Punjab. 

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