The 13th memorial of the destructive October 8, 2005 earthquake, which claimed nearly 100,000 lives and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless, is being observed across the country, including Azad Kashmir and adjoining areas, today (Monday).
A memorial was held at Muzaffargarh university’s ground and a minute of silence was observed at 8:52am in remembrance of martyrs of the devastating tremor.
Special prayers were also offered in mosques in Bagh District at Fajr for the dead.
In Balakot, shops and business centers are closed in memory of the martyrs and special prayers are being offered.
The earthquake left a trail of death and destruction in its wake, especially in Azad Kashmir and Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Most of the victims were from poor families living in small and decrepit houses and buildings.