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COAS Bajwa Orders Troops to Join Earthquake Rescue and Relief Operations


RAWALPINDI– Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed on Tuesday army troops to participate in rescue activities due to the earthquake in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and other affected areas, according to DG Inter-Services Public Relations Maj General Asif Ghafoor.

According to the DG ISPR, the army chief directed army personnel to completely cooperate with the civil administration of AJK.

The DG ISPR said that Pakistan army’s aviation and medical teams have been dispatched to AJK and other earthquake-hit areas.

Earlier, a powerful earthquake jolted several parts of Pakistan, particularly areas of AJK, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Five people were reported dead, while more than 100 were wounded in Mirpur and other areas of AJK.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers with its epicenter lying 1km southeast of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.