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Ten tragedies that struck India in 2005


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1. The Kashmir earthquake

On October 8, a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale shook Pakistan and India.

Villages were devastated in Kashmir and over 80,000 people died in India and Pakistan.

In a gesture of friendship, India offered to send troops to Pakistan occupied Kashmir to help with relief work as the earthquake had caused more misery in PoK.

The Pakistan foreign ministry agreed to accept Indian help -- though not Indian troops -- and indicated its willingness to reciprocate, given how India too had suffered devastation.

The borders on both sides were opened for the first time so that common people could cross over for relief material and medical treatment.

Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf

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