Relatives of the slain colliers at a sit-in along with dead bodies for the past four days in Quetta
Relatives of the slain colliers at a sit-in along with dead bodies for the past four days in Quetta

APP DigitalISLAMABAD, Jan 6 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday while assuring the protesting Hazara community members of his condolatory visit “soon”, requested them to bury the bodies of their loved ones.

“I will never betray my people’s trust. Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace,” the prime minister said on Twitter as the grieved families were in protest over the killing of 11 coal miners in Mach area of Balochistan, refusing to bury their loved ones.

A large number of people protesting in front of Press Club against the killing of miners belong to Hazara community in an attack by gunmen in the mountainous Machh area
A large number of people protesting in front of Press Club against the killing of miners belong to Hazara community in an attack by gunmen in the mountainous Machh area. (File Photo)

“I share your pain,” the prime minister said telling the community that he had visited them in the past as well to stand with them in their time of suffering.


The prime minister was referring to his visit of Balochistan in 2012 when Hazara community members were protesting the killing of their members in multiple incidents in the year, when he was not even in the parliamentary opposition.

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“I will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally,” he remarked.

 

Relatives of the slain colliers at a four-day long sit-in, refusing to bury their dead, till the arrest of culprits, and visit of Prime MInister Imran Khan

He assured the Hazara families that he was cognizant of their sufferings and their demands. The government was taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future knowing that “our neighbour is instigating this sectarian terrorism,” the prime minister said referring to Indian intervention and sponsoring of terror activities in Pakistan, particularly Balochistan province – an emerging hub of trade and investment owing to Gwadar Port and China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, who visited the victim families on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directive, on Monday had announced Rs 2.5 million each for slain coal mine workers’ families.

The compensation would comprise Rs 1 million from the prime minister and Rs 1.5 million by the provincial government.

Later, another high level delegation including federal minister Ali Haider Zaidi, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Qasim Suri, SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari and Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan also met the protestors and assured them of government’s all out support for their protection and arrest of the killers.

However, they could not convince them to call off the protest which the Hazara community has linked with the visit of the prime minister to seek assurance on arrest of the culprits.

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