5th anniversary of October 8 earthquake observed

MUZAFFARABAD: The 5th Anniversary of history’s worst and deadly earthquake of October 8, 2005 across Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) is being observed today with a commitment to rebuild the affected areas.

The anniversary observed as the “National Disaster Awareness Day” coupled with special prayers for the rest of the departed souls of the quake victims in eternal peace and to express complete solidarity and sympathies with the survivors of the history’s worst natural catastrophe.

Public holiday throughout AJK while the day had dawn with special prayers in the mosques at Fajr for the departed souls of the earthquake victims.

Fateha Khawanis offered for the martyrs and sirens had blown at 8:52am across the country besides observing two minutes silence.

A major ceremony, to observe the anniversary, will be held at Muzaffarabad, which will be attended, among others, by AJK President and Prime Minister as well as members of both houses of the State Parliament, social and political workers, and civil society members.

Saudi Ambassador was also expected to attend the ceremony. Meanwhile, special prayers were also being held at Athmaqam, Rawlakot, Nalakot and Baitian and the affectees were protesting against the delay in the rebuilding of their areas.

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