PM imran to visit Hazara families soon,CM urges to bury victims
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the protesting members of Balochistan’s Shia Hazara community to bury the bodies of the miners killed in a brutal attack in Mach, promising he would visit them “very soon”.
CM Jam Kamal visited the protest camp of the Hazara families and urged them to bury the slain coal miners appealing them to let go of the PM’s visit condition.
“I want to reassure the Hazara families who lost their loved ones in a brutal terrorist attack in Machh that I am cognisant of their suffering & their demands,” the premier said on Twitter, adding that the government was taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future and knew that “our neighbour is instigating this sectarian terrorism.”
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
Thousands of Hazaras have staged a protest along with coffins containing the miners’ bodies in the western bypass area in Quetta.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani also requested the protesters to “not link Prime Minister Imran’s visit with the burials” of the miners.
Addressing a press conference in Quetta along with Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari and members of the Shia community, Alyani said that as Muslims, we “have our religious responsibilities [to bury the deceased]” and these should be fulfilled.
“I would request the community to not associate it with some official’s visit,” he added.
The minister and adviser arrived in the city late on Tuesday night.
Expressing grief over the incident, Alyani said that he was in the United Arab Emirates when he heard the news of the attack and he came back as soon he received negative results for his Covid-19 test. “I held a meeting with [officials from law enforcement agencies],” he said while talking about the steps his government has taken so far.
“Our coming here is witness to how serious we are taking this and owning this,” he said, adding that the Shia Hazara community members “are our brethren and we have no hesitation in talking to them”.
The chief minister said that conditions in the province had “improved considerably” since a decade ago and no such incident happened in 2020.