It’s been 11 years since the massive earthquake hit northern areas of Pakistan at 8:52 AM on 8th Oct 2005. 80,000 people lost their lives, thousands of them left injured and more than 2.8 million people got displaced in the earthquake that struck the districts of Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa. Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir was the central point of earthquake that left the whole valley into an unrecognizable region. The region that suffered the most and had maximum causalities was the region of Balakot where life got vanished in no time.
Marking the 11th anniversary of devastating earthquake, the day began in Azad Kashmir with the offering of special prayers for the martyrs of tragedy. Fateh Khuani and Quran Khuani were being offered for the martyrs and special prayers were also offered for the liberation of Indian occupied Kashmir as well at this eve. Children, who lost their parents in the horrible earthquake, marched in Mirpur in the memory of their loved ones. The walk started from Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Staduim and was also attended by the students and local people in large numbers.
The main prayer-gathering was held at the University Ground where Prime Minister Azad Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider laid the floral wealth at the memorial of the martyrs and prayed for the victims of the earthquake. The ministers and large number of locals were also there to attend the ceremony. To mark the anniversary, Azad Kashmir Flag remained half-staff on all public buildings of the state.