A strong earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas

Tremors have been felt in the main towns, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat and Malakand.

Mobile and community services are affected badly.

The quake was 196km deep and centred 82km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department, however, said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1.

At least 16 people are killed due to the earthquake in Pakistan.