People cross a street during a snowfall in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday. Banaras Khan/AFP
At least 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday.
In neighbouring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Kashmir.
In Pakistan’s other parts, where 30 people were reported killed, much of the damage struck southwestern Baluchistan province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall.
In Afghanistan, harsh weather conditions led to the death of at least 24 people, according to the ministry for disaster management.
Heavy snowfall had forced closures of many highways and some parts in the province were under six inches of snow. Eleven people were killed in eastern Punjab province when their roofs caved in under strong rains, said Abdul Sattar, an official with the state-run emergency service.Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said Bahir Ahamdi, spokesman for the provincial governor. In western Herat province, seven people died, including five members of the same family, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the provincial police chief. Three people were killed in southern Helmand province, said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.
Afghanistan summoned Pakistan's deputy ambassador to discuss the 'irresponsible' remarks by Khan, foreign affairs ministry spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi said in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by three wickets in their World Cup warm-up match at Bristol County Ground on Friday. In reply to Pakistan’s 262 all out in 47.5 overs, Afghanistan scored 263 for seven wickets, reaching the target with two balls to spare.
Pakistan kept their nerve to avoid a huge shock on Saturday, beating a spirited Afghan side by three wickets with just two balls to spare to keep their World Cup semi-final hopes alive.
Police also called on drivers not to completely close the vehicle's windows, especially when parked in the sunlight.
They seized more than two million medical masks of unknown origin, tens of thousands of fake labels, packages and covers for several brands and thousands of thermometers.
The Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) has lined up more than 90 programmes covering a range of topics to be broadcast on its radio and television channels during the holy month of Ramadan this year. The announcement came at a virtual press conference held on Tuesday.