Afghanistan earthquake claims lives of 30 Pakistani, says report

The strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck a rural, hilly area of eastern Afghanistan claimed at least 30 tribal members of Pakistan who had been forced to flee during a military operation in 2014 and crossed the border, as per a media source on Thursday.

The earthquake killed a total of over 1,000 people and left 1,500 more injured included Madakhel tribe members among its victims in the North Waziristan province in Afghanistan. After the Pakistani government briefly opened the Pak-Afghan border at Alwar Mandi, the Dawn daily stated that the bodies of 30 persons would be sent to their home, reported by PTI.

Pakistani Prime Minster Shehbaz Sharif instructed officials to dispatch aid to the earthquake victims in Afghanistan, as per reports. Eight trucks containing tents, tarps, blankets, and essential medicines were sent to Kabul, according to Radio Pakistan which said Pakistan had pledged its entire support to Afghanistan.

According to military sources in Miranshah, plans have also been made at the Ghulam Khan border for the airlift of the injured to specialised medical centres that are being established nearby.