24 News News TV channel has reported that Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India is using ISIS to carry out terrorist activities in Balochistan.
The Prime Minister said that the Hazara community was facing genocide and his government was taking steps for their security. He assured that the whole of Pakistan, government and security agencies stand with the Hazara community.
Talking to reporters in Quetta on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that India was trying to foment sectarianism in Pakistan and the recent targeted killing of Maulana Adil was a part of it.
ISIL and some other militant groups have recently joined hands, Imran Khan said. “Unfortunately, the Afghan jihad is over, but the militant groups are still there and they have hurt Pakistan the most,” he said.
He said that Pakistan’s security agencies have done a great job in preventing sectarian incidents. “They have already cleared several militant attacks and made several arrests,” he added.
“Our security forces have eliminated most of these militant groups, but there are still about 35 to 35-40 active militants,” he said. “We have been told by agencies that Sunni and Shia clerics could be targeted,” he added.
Accompanied by the federal and provincial leadership, the Prime Minister called on the bereaved families and offered prayers for the peace of the families of the miners killed in the terrorist attack in Machh area of Bolan district on Sunday, January 3.
He assured the Hazara community that some forces were trying to exploit the Sunni-Shia divide in Pakistan and the world. “I tried to make peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he added.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Hazara community leader Agha Raza said he had presented his demands to the Prime Minister. He said he also recorded his protest against the Prime Minister’s comments on ‘blackmailers’.
The meeting of the families of the martyrs of the Machh tragedy ended with the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Imran Khan also chaired a meeting in Quetta in which the overall security situation in the province, especially the tragic killing of Hazara miners, was discussed with the federal and provincial leadership.
Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Federal Ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Syed Ali Zaidi, Ali Amin Gandapur, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfiqar Bukhari and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri attended the meeting. ۔
Interior Minister Ziaullah Langov, Southern Command Commander Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali, Inspector General of Police Balochistan Mohsin Hassan Butt, Chief Secretary Capt. (R) Fazil Asghar and senior civil and military officers were also present.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Quetta to offer condolences to the families of the slain Hazara miners after burying their bodies.
Hours earlier, funeral prayers were offered for the slain miners and bodies were buried after a six-day sit-in with shrouds, along with coffins carrying the miners’ remains. Thousands attended the funeral prayers.
The protesters had linked their sit-in to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit and approval of his demands. However, the Prime Minister asked the community to bury the bodies reassuring them of their visit and stand by them in their distress.
A number of talks were held between the committee of martyrs and government officials including Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri before the end of the sit-in and burial of bodies at Hazar Town Cemetery in Quetta. Ali Haider Zaidi, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development.
Authorities on Friday promised to arrest the attackers, pay compensation to the bereaved families and provide better security for thousands.
The demands put forward by the government are linked to the written agreement.
Although no one can ever value human life, the agreed-upon compensation for information is far greater than the agreement.
Q: If everyone agrees, then who is playing politics with the bodies of martyrs? pic.twitter.com/2OEnJVaavT
– Ali Haider More (@ Ali Zaidi PTI) January 8, 2021
More than 4,000 people attended the last rites of the slain miners, whose bodies were buried six days later amid tight security.
A copy of the agreement was obtained by AFP, the statement said, adding that “the provincial government will form a joint investigation team to recommend action against the perpetrators of the incident.”
The agreement also called for the formation of a high-level commission headed by Balochistan’s interior minister to investigate attacks on the Hazara community over the past 22 years.
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