Sharif calls for immediate alert in earthquake-hit areas

Karachi, Oct 26 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure security of citizens following the deadly earthquake, which hit Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region.

A deadly 7.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the South Asian countries of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan with Hindu Kush as epicenter.

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, has directed the army to start rescue operations across earthquake-hit areas immediately, the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

All military hospitals in Pakistan are on high alert.

A state of emergency has been declared in hospitals across Peshawar.

However, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has said the earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. (ANI)