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AJK shuts to mark Oct. 8 earthquake anniversary

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MUZAFFARABAD: To pay homage to the martyrs of the earthquake on October 8, 2005, a shutter down strike was observed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

Different organizations threatened to hold a long march towards Islamabad against the government’s failure to complete the rehabilitation phase despite the passage of five years of the devastating earthquake that killed over 75,000 and left 3.5 million homeless.

To mark the tragic day, AJK Law Minister Abdul Rashid Abbasi and other top officials attended a prayer ceremony and observed a minute of silence.

Traders, students and civil society members held a demonstration across the city to protest against the government’s lethargic attitude towards the ongoing rehabilitation work. They said that hundreds of schools have yet to be repaired by the government. “Thousands of homeless people are forced to sleep out in the open due to slow rehabilitation activities,” a protester said.

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