Monthly Archives: September 2013

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Baluchistan in Pakistan had killed an estimated 208 people in the poor district and left many mud-houses toppled. The number of people injured were over 382. Rescue teams and the Pakistan military are working together to recover the bodies of the dead and the injured. Currently, the teams are focusing on bringing the injured to safety in hospitals.

The injured from the earthquake will be sent to Karachi through helicopters and other neighbouring districts for treatment. The rescue operations have continued throughout the night and will push on until the day according to Awaran Senior Official Abdul Rasheed Baluch.

The Pakistan military had sent medical teams and 300 soldiers aided by helicopters and military vehicle to transport the injured.

The 7.7 magnitude earthquake had reached past Pakistan and into India in Dubai. People in Dubai also ran outside the streets due to the strong tremors. The Tuesday earthquake had created an island close to the coastline of Gwadar in Pakistan. The 100×200 feet island surfaced after the earthquake happened.

From Pakistani media, thousands of houses and rubbles were destroyed. Footages of caved-in roofs and people rummaging through the rubble and mud were shown on national television. The Pakistani government had declared a state of emergency for Awaran.

According to the United States and France, wider support to punish the Syrian regime with a limited military strike continues to increase to date. The European Union had expressed support, but said that the military strike can only happen if it goes through proper UN processes. The EU said that they condemned the Syrian Regime’s “cynical use of chemical weapons” during the August 21 attack.

The attack claimed more than 1,400 civilian lives including children.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the number of countries supporting the strike had increased to double digits. After his meeting with EU foreign ministers in Lithuania, the ministers issued a call to action against the Syrian Regime.

The US Obama Administration had pushed for a global campaign for support for the US-led military strike. US President Barack Obama warned about the dangers of inaction and said that countries should “stand up for the kind of world they want to live in.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said that the suspected chemical attack was a “war crime and a crime against humanity” regardless of which side made the attack in Syria. The EU also called on the United Nations to fulfil its responsibilities in ensuring the security of the entire world.

Still, a wide international opposition against the military strike exists. Pope Francis had led a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin also declared that Russia will defend Syria in case of a military strike.