Adviser to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunwa on prisons, brought attention to the crumbling state of the Mansehra district jail, maintaining that the building could cave in any time due to the large cracks caused by the October 2015 earthquake. The most important aspect of post disaster mitigation is to ensure that any damaged infrastructure be amended at the earliest to avoid further loss of life. The government should be leading the efforts to test the structural integrity of constructs post-disaster, in order to set a precedent for the people, yet instead the indifference on display by the KPK Government is putting the lives of over 700 convicts at previous risk. Buildings that are damaged by an earthquake must not be used unless they are deemed safe; convicts are equal citizens of the state and their rights and safety should not be ignored at any cost.

In the aftermath of the same deadly earthquake of October 2015, at least 18 people were killed and 51 injured when the roof of a factory collapsed in Lahore due to neglect of the factory owner who did not pay heed to the infrastructural damage to the building. This incident should be enough to prompt the KP government to take instant action before another crisis hits the province and highlights the gaps in the post disaster mitigation policy and operation in KP.

The increasing frequency of earthquakes in the region could be an indication of pent up energy in the fault-lines or could be aftershocks of the devastating earthquake experienced last year. Either way it is important to identify high-risk areas in the north, where landsliding in the aftermath of earthquakes are a frequent problem, and disaster preparedness should be made a priority. Building structures should be upgraded and improved and more importantly the people living on these unstable slopes should be relocated and their houses should be rebuilt to withstand earthquakes. The country and its people have suffered more than enough due to earthquakes, let them suffer no more.