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The tragic memories attached with 8th October 2005 devastating earthquake still afresh in hearts and minds of each Pakistani: NA Speaker

Islamabad, October 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): Speaker National Assembly and Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the Earthquake of October 8, 2005 was a trial for the Pakistani nation and the unity and solidarity expressed by the nation at the time of this trial was exemplary. He also said that devastation caused by earthquake is still afresh and those who were martyred are still remembered. He expressed these views in his message on the 18th anniversary of October 8, 2005 earthquake.

The Speaker said that during the October 8 earthquake, the entire nation stood like an unbreakable wall and they stood shoulder by shoulder with their suffering brothers and sisters. He said that this unprecedented national unity and solidarity bestowed the victims a new courage and determination to stand on their feet again. He said that the rehabilitation of the victims was a difficult phase, but with the help of national unity, solidarity and the cooperation of friendly countries, this difficult task of rehabilitation become possible.

The speaker further said that it is unity and solidarity that can lead Pakistan on the path of development and progress. He also said that just as the entire nation bravely faced a major calamity like the earthquake, in the same way we can resolve challenges faced by the country by shunning all differences. He prayed to Allah Almighty to grant high status to those martyred in the earthquake and to protect the dear country from such calamities.

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