Islamabad, 8th January: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he is ready to go to Quetta but stressed that slain miners need to be buried first.
Baaghi TV: PM Khan said on Friday that he is ready to go to Quetta immediately if the protesting Hazara community buries their dead.
The prime minister expressed his solidarity with the families of the coal miners but also said that making the burial conditional on his visit is inappropriate.
Speaking at a launch ceremony of Special Technology Zones Authority in Islamabad, the premier said he wanted to clear his position on the matter.
“All the demands put forth by the protesters have been accepted; therefore, making the burial of the dead conditional on the prime minister’s visit is not appropriate,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News.
He said, “This is akin to blackmailing the prime minister.”
He informed that after the 11 coal miners were killed brutally in Machh, he first sent Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to Quetta and then two federal ministers to assure the Hazara community that the government supported them.
“I assured them that they would be compensated and looked after as the affected families have lost their breadwinners.”
The premier said the government accepted all demands put forth by the Hazara protestors, but they are adamant that they would not bury the dead until the prime minister visits Quetta.
PM Imran Khan said, “Nowhere in the world can you blackmail a prime minister like this because then [it opens the door for] every crook to stage a sit-in and demand corruption cases against them be withdrawn. This is very important.”
He added, “I have told them that if they bury the victims today, I will go to Quetta today. However, their demand to bury their relatives only if I visit them is not appropriate and not acceptable.”
The premier disclosed the Machh incident is part of an Indian conspiracy to incite anarchy in Pakistan. Their plot is to murder religious scholars of different schools of thought.