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Quetta protestors agrees to end sit-in after successful dialogues with Govt

Protesting Hazara community agreed to end sit-in and bury the slain coal miners after reaching an agreement with the government on late Friday night.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri said that “right after the burial”, Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Quetta and will be accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi who had been spearheading talks in Quetta on behalf of the government said such incidences of violence must now come to an end. “We are making amends for the last 70 years,” he said.

Zaidi said that a written agreement had been reached with the Shuhda Action Committee. “No such written accord has ever been struck before with any other government,” he remarked.

“The demands put before us were difficult,” said Zaidi, adding that the “officers that must be removed have been decided”.

The minister said that if governance in Pakistan “had not been so poor, poverty like this would not have existed”.

“People would not have been massacred like this,” he said, adding: “Foreign elements wish to create sectarian division in Pakistan.”

Zaidi also announced scholarships on behalf of his ministry for the children of all the victims.

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan thanked the mourning families for agreeing to bury their loved ones.

“We will try our utmost to serve you better,” he said, adding that the system that does not have justice as a foundation does not prosper.

“You have honoured us and Balochistan by agreeing to our request (for the burial of the slain miners),” Jam Kamal said.

Concluding his address, the chief minister apologised to the protesters, saying that he was sorry for the inconvenience caused to them. He added that he “felt no shame in apologising to his people.”

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