People stand outside their homes after tremors shook Amritsar, Punjab. AFP
Gulf Today Report
A powerful 6.2 earthquake shakes parts of Pakistan and India on Friday evening.
Lohore residents’ reported powerful tremors and several aftershocks following the quake.
Pakistan's opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif expressed her concerned over the earthquake.
Maryam said on Twitter, “Mighty earthquake. Hope and pray everyone is safe. May Allah protect us all… Ameen.”
Some residents left their houses and assembled in parks and empty areas.
Officials in India said an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit Punjab on Friday night, the tremors of which were felt in the national capital and its adjoining areas.
According to the National Centre for Seismology of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the earthquake had its epicentre in Amritsar district and struck at 10:34 pm.
The tremors were felt as far as Indian controlled Kashmir.
People were seen in the streets of Srinagar after massive jolts felt in the valley.
A local reporter from India’s Srinagar, Umar Ganie said it was a powerful one.
He wrote on Twitter, “People carrying their kids while standing at the middle the a road during massive earthquake in Srinagar.”
Delhi and Punjab also felt tremors.
The GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck the Tajikistan-Xinjiang border region late on Friday.
The quake was at a depth of 86 km, GFZ said.
Pakistan’s president has called on India to immediately lift all restrictions on people in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, ignoring opposition calls for Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down over his alleged bad governance.
Calling it “the hub of terrorism,’ India has dismissed Pakistan’s attempts to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) after it had failed to get a hearing in the Security Council.
The foreign ministry says it allowed Monday an Indian diplomat in Islamabad to meet with imprisoned Kulbhushan Jadhav, in compliance with a July order from the International Court of Justice.
The aims of the trip include regaining sway with Riyadh over oil prices, fending off Chinese and Russian influence in the region, and nurturing hopes for an eventual Saudi-Israeli normalisation.
Blasts at a Soviet-era dam in the Russian controlled part of southern Ukraine on Tuesday unleashed floodwaters across the war zone, according to both Ukrainian and Russian forces who blamed each other for blowing-up the dam.
Nearly 13,400 people were forced to evacuate as water consumed hundreds of homes around the country, turning some streets into raging rivers of brown water, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.
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