Lahore, 7th January: Balochistan’s Hazara community refuse to bury slain miners despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request to them.
Baaghi TV: Balochistan’s Shia Hazara community continue to protest for a fifth day on Thursday, refusing to bury those who were brutally killed on Sunday in the province’s Machh area.
Despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request to bury the slain miners and an assurance that he would visit them very soon, the Hazara community continue their sit-in protest.
According to news from Dawn, the premier has decided to visit Quetta soon to express solidarity with the members of the community but the date and time of his visit are being kept secret due to security concerns.
It may be remembered that on Sunday, armed attackers slit the throats of 11 miners in a residential compound near a mine site in Balochistan’s Mach coalfield area. According to reports, they filmed the entire incident and later posted it online. The horrific attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State group.
Since then, thousands of Hazaras, in the western bypass area in Quetta have staged a protest along with coffins containing the miners’ bodies, while members of their community have also held protests in Karachi.
Despite the extremely cold weather conditions, the mourners, including women and children, have refused to leave the sit-in until the prime minister meets them and the killers are brought to justice.
I share your pain & have come to you before also to stand with you in your time of suffering. I will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally. I will never betray my people's trust. Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 6, 2021
A day earlier, the premier, in a series of tweets, said the government was taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future adding that our neighbour is instigating this sectarian terrorism.
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