14 years later: Nation remembers the 2005 Kashmir earthquake martyrs

On this day, more than a decade ago, Pakistan was hit by one of the worst natural tragedies.

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The 14th anniversary of the martyrs of the deadly earthquake of October 8, 2005, is being observed across Pakistan, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The day has been announced as a public holiday in AJK.

Numerous memorial ceremonies are likely to be held in schools, colleges, private as well as government institutions of KP, AJK, Islamabad and other cities of the country to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the deadly earthquake.

The main prayer ceremony will be held at university ground in Muzaffarabad. All stations of Azad Kashmir Radio will broadcast documentaries and sessions on the observance of the day.

The 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted Azad Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 8:52 am on the morning of October 8, 2005. It claimed nearly 100,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless, besides destroying the basic infrastructure of the region. Around 7,774 schools were damaged.

Recently, an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter Scale hit Jhelum and Azad Kashmir Sunday morning. The quake jolted near Jhelum at a relatively shallow depth of 15 km, according to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre.

Earlier, on September 24, a powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Pakistan, damaging scores of homes and shops and killing at least 22 people and injuring over 700. The quake even damaged a key road leading to the town of Mirpur in Azad Kashmir and adjoining villages.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday commemorating the victims of deadly earthquake of October 8, 2005 said 14 years passed but the wounds of big human loss could not be healed.

The foreign minister in a message recalled the disaster that claimed thousands of precious lives with a number of towns collapsed.

He prayed for the souls of deceased and for grant of patience to their families.

With input from APP.

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