A view of a roadblock caused by a landslide in Gilgit-Baltistan region. -Photo courtesy Hussain Nagri
A view of a roadblock caused by a landslide in Gilgit-Baltistan region. – Photo courtesy Hussain Nagri

On 08th October 2005, I was taking my SAT exam at Avari Hotel Lahore, Pakistan, when suddenly the hall started shaking ferociously.

The magnificent glass chandeliers above us moved from left to right, the tables started crackling and frantic eyes of 100 plus students and supervisors in the hall spoke of nothing but sheer fear. Fear of dying in a concrete box amidst floors above and below us in this five star hotel. (more…)