QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: The Hazara community has been protesting against the brutal killing of 11 miners in the Machh area of Balochistan for the fifth day in a row by placing dead bodies on the western bypass of Quetta.
Meanwhile, sources told Dawn that after criticism from across the country and on the advice of various senior cabinet members, Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to visit Quetta “soon” to show solidarity with members of the Shia Hazara community. ۔
According to the Dawn newspaper, a senior member of the federal cabinet said that “due to security reasons, the date and time of the Prime Minister’s visit is being kept secret but he (the Prime Minister) will pay a surprise visit soon.”
A minister who witnessed the brutal killing of 11 miners claimed that various cabinet members, including Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, had advised the Prime Minister during the meeting to visit Quetta to offer condolences to the bereaved.
When asked why the Prime Minister has not visited Quetta so far, he said it was due to “security concerns”, but the Minister said that Imran Khan believed that his visit was at the request of the protesters. Can set a new precedent and if there is a terrorist attack in any part of the country tomorrow, the people there will demand the same that we want to see the Prime Minister before the burial of the victims.
Not only that but yesterday the Prime Minister wrote in a tweet addressing the Hazara families that I share your pain and I have come to you before to express solidarity in these moments of grief.
Imran Khan had said that I will come back soon for personal condolences and prayers from every family, I will not hurt the trust of my people, please bury your loved ones so that their souls can rest.
Hazara community protest continues on 5th day
On the other hand, despite the extremely cold weather and freezing temperatures in Quetta, the families, including women and children, are not ready to leave the Western Bypass area near Hazara Town.
The protest has entered its fifth day and on the fourth day of the protest, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan held talks with the protesters and tried to assassinate them. Bury the bodies of the miners, but they refused to do so without meeting the Prime Minister.
The two members of the federal cabinet arrived in Quetta on Tuesday after protesters refused to listen to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, who arrived in Quetta on Monday.
Earlier, a 90-second clip of Zulfi Bukhari, special assistant to the prime minister, went viral on social media, prompting strong criticism.
In the video, he was seen asking protesters what responsibility they would take when the prime minister came.
Zulfi Bukhari's heartless dialogue with the families of the martyrs protesting with their loved ones dead bodies on the street.
“What benefit will you give to Imran Khan if he comes here”#HazaraLivesMatter
— Anis Farooqui (@anis_farooqui) January 5, 2021
Zulfi Bukhari said, “We are saying that we will bring him (Prime Minister), we have promised you that he will come soon.”
The Special Assistant was heard telling the protesters, “God willing, if another incident happens somewhere in Pakistan tomorrow, they (people) will say that we want this and we do not want that if someone else is martyred tomorrow.” They will say we want it and we don’t want it.
However, later in the conversation, Dawn quoted Zulfi Bukhari as saying that the context of the conversation was different and “this club is showing it out of context”.
Meanwhile, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) leader Syed Agha Raza told the Balochistan chief minister and two federal ministers that they would not bury him until the prime minister arrived in Quetta.
It should be noted that on January 3, 11 miners were brutally killed by gunmen at gunpoint in the Machh area of Bolan district of Balochistan.
Information about the incident revealed that the gunmen blindfolded the 11 Shia Hazara coal miners, blindfolded them, and then killed them.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, various political figures, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, had condemned the incident, while Imran Khan had ordered the FC to bring those involved in the incident to justice.
However, in the immediate aftermath of the incident, members of the Haraza community began protesting by placing the bodies of their loved ones on the western bypass of the provincial capital, Quetta.