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Quetta: PM Khan meets families of slain Hazara miners

Prime Minister Imran Khan finally met with families mourning the deaths of 10 coal miners who were massacred by terrorists six days ago.

The meeting took place on Saturday at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University.

PM Imran Khan extended his heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their loved ones in the tragic incident.

The premier speaking to the families said that he had visited the community in the past as well and that he was aware of the tragedies that the community had been suffering.

“When the war on terror was going on, and people were afraid to visit your Imam Barghas, I visited your community even then,” he said.

The premier said that he was aware of the sectarian group that targeted the Hazara community and that the last time that he had visited the place and taken their name, the group had threatened him as well.

“I understand all of your issues; I might be the only politician who understands your 20-year-old [struggle],” he said.

The prime minister said that the intelligence agencies had informed the government last March that India wanted to spread sectarian violence in Pakistan by killing Shia and Sunni scholars.

Lauding the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), he said that the agency had apprehended culprits and averted several attacks that could have led to sectarian violence.

“When this incident took place, I had no doubt that it was a part of a larger game — it was a step towards spreading violence in the country,” he said.

The prime minister said that “keeping the situation in mind, I had first sent the interior minister your way”.

“The first thing that we had to do was [console] the families who endured heartbreaking setback — Amna bibi, whose five brothers were martyred and Mohammad Sadiq, a brother of six sisters was also martyred.”

“That is why I had sent the interior minister first so that we could assure the families that we would not abandon them.”

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