The Day the Earth Shattered

A year ago, this fateful day brought a capital that rarely seemed affected by all that happened in the world to its knees. October 8th, 2005, at 08:50:38, the most devastating tremor in Pakistan’s history rocked through the Northern Areas, the NWFP and Islamabad, destroying cities and proving the abject mortality and vulnerability of life and all that it stands for.

Where it brought death and devastation, the earthquake brought together the people of our usually individualistic society in a display of spirit and fortitude rarely displayed, whether it was the chain of humanity assembled at the site of the Margalla Towers, picking up rocks with bare hands, trying to dig people out, rallying at each sound that seemed to signal life, bringing water to rescuers and affectees alike or it was the network of ordinary people that set into gear plans to provide those who survived with shelter and food.

Lives lost their foundation and people lost an age that day. May the Almighty give those who suffered anguish solace and peace this day and bless the souls of those who were taken. And may the spirit of our nation displayed with such passion for those few days following the tremors, prevail till all that that is needed is done.

A ceremony commemorating the memory of those who lost their lives in Margalla Towers including a candle lighting vigil was held at the site at 9:30 pm on Oct 7 while Fateha and prayer ceremony will be held at 8:52 am on Oct 8 followed a tree plantation and plaque unveiling ceremony and photograph exhibition of Margalla Towers.

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