Despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s proceedings with the last rites of the slain miners and assurances that they would meet them “very soon”, the Shia Hazara community in Balochistan continued for the fifth straight day on Thursday. Protests continued, with people refusing to be buried. They were brutally killed over the weekend in the Machh area of the province.
The prime minister has reportedly decided to visit Quetta “soon” to show solidarity with members of the community, but the date and time of his visit have been “kept secret due to security concerns”.
On Sunday, armed assailants slit the throats of 11 miners in a residential compound near a mining site in the Machh Coal Field area of Balochistan, filming the whole incident and later posting it online. The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Since then, thousands of people have protested in the western bypass area of Quetta with coffins containing the bodies of miners, while members of their community have also protested in Karachi.
Despite the harsh weather, when the mercury drops below freezing, mourners, including women and children, refused to meet the prime minister and leave until the killers were brought to justice.
A day earlier, the prime minister said in a series of tweets that he was aware of the “suffering and demands” of the Shia Hazara community, adding that the government was taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future. And she knows that “our neighbor is fueling this sectarian terrorism.”
“I share your pain and have come to you even before I stood by you in your time of need. Addressing thousands of mourners, he said,” I will soon once again offer my prayers and condolences to all the families. Will come for
“I will never betray the trust of my people. Please bury your loved ones so that their souls may rest,” the Prime Minister said.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Al-Alani, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari on Wednesday called on protesters to bury the bodies of slain miners Attempted unsuccessfully to convince. Because the protesters refused to do so without meeting the Prime Minister.
Several other attempts by both federal and provincial officials also failed.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, who met the protesters on Monday, announced that Rs 2.5 million would be paid to each affected family.
Earlier on Thursday, the chief minister again appealed to protesters to bury the miners, citing “religious obligations”. Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Tajiran Balochistan has demanded a shutter down strike in Quetta.
On the other hand, traffic was again disrupted in several areas of Karachi on Thursday, as protests and sit-ins against the Hazara killings continued for a third day in the metropolis.
Protests were going on at 20 places of the city including Abbas Town (Abul Hassan Isfahani Road), Kamran Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Power House Chowrangi in North Karachi, Namish (MA Jinnah Road), Shahra-e-Faisal from 9 am. Napa Chowrangi, Malir 15 and M9 Motorways near Super Highway.
According to a traffic official, Rangers and police have also been deployed to assist the traffic police and ensure law and order in the area.
Passengers were advised to use alternative routes, while those traveling outside Karachi were asked to use the Lyari Expressway or Northern Bypass.
Meanwhile, according to a PIA statement, the protests also affected the operations of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said the congestion on the routes to Jinnah International Airport made it difficult for passengers and staff to reach the airport.
According to PIA, several PIA flights from Karachi to Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Faisalabad were either canceled or delayed in a few hours. According to PIA, an international flight from Karachi to Dubai was canceled. PK213 was also delayed by an hour and a half. .
A spokesman for Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, which is also taking part in the protests, said the other day that protesters, including women and children, were only there to show solidarity with the families of the victims.
“They are at peace and only seeking their constitutional right,” he said. “People from all walks of life, regardless of their sectarian or political affiliation, have joined the protests. We call on the government and Prime Minister Imran Khan to play their full role before it is too late.”
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