October 8 earthquake
PAKISTAN

14th anniversary of October 8 earthquake being observed today

The 14th anniversary to pay tributes to martyrs of catastrophic earthquake 2005 is being observed in Azad Kashmir today (Tuesday).

Today is public holiday.

One minute silence was observed at all District Headquarters at 8:54 am. 

Quran Khwani, prayer ceremonies, documentaries show depicting events of miseries, pictorial exhibitions, awareness walks, candle vigils, seminars and speech contests will be held in all ten districts of the state.   

Main Prayer Ceremony will be held at University Ground Muzaffarabad.

All stations of Azad Kashmir Radio are broadcasting documentaries and discussions on the observance of the day.     

In his messages, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the observance of National Resilience Day is an occasion to evaluate and reiterate commitment at making greater preparedness to face natural calamities and by showing resolve for disaster risk reduction.

The President said Pakistan observed the Day to express solidarity and sympathy with families affected by natural calamities.    

He also urged all the federal and provincial stakeholders to create synergies to ensure disaster risk reduction, preparedness, mitigation, and rehabilitation.                          

The President also paid tribute to the people of Pakistan who had exhibited courage, selflessness, spirit of sacrifice and resilience in the face of catastrophes.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that the Government would continue to adopt all possible measures for a disaster resilient Pakistan through more effective prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

He said Pakistan is committed to fulfill its responsibilities mandated under regional and global frameworks on the Disaster Risk Reduction to which we are a signatory.

The prime minister said, he would like to express his deepest condolences to the families of victims who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate earthquake.

The prime minister also paid homage to the victims of recent earthquake in Mirpur, Azad Jammu and expressed the resolve that they would continue to provide all possible support to the people in the affected areas till their complete rehabilitation.

In his message on National Resilience Day, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur has said lessons need to be learned from natural calamities for better planning in future to reduce effects of any catastrophe.

Commiserating with the quake-affected families, he said the government is taking all possible measures to provide relief to the quake victims of Mirpur.   

The Minister emphasized on strictly following building codes and standards for less losses in any natural calamity in future. 

In his message, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi prayed for high ranks for the martyrs in the heaven and patience for the bereaved families.

He said we have lost thousands of precious lives in this devastating earthquake whose grief cannot be forgotten till date.

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