Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace, PM pleads Hazara mourners

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday assured the Hazara community that he was cognizant of their sufferings and demands and requested them to bury the bodies of the slain coal miners.

“I share your pain and have come to you before also to stand with you in your time of suffering,” he said adding that we will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally.

“I will never betray my people’s trust. Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace,” he urged the community.

I share your pain & have come to you before also to stand with you in your time of suffering. I will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally. I will never betray my people’s trust. Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 6, 2021

Members of the Hazara community have blockaded a highway in Quetta with the bodies of slain coal miners since Sunday demanding that they will not withdraw until Prime Minister Imran Khan meets them and the killers are brought to justice.

Islamic State militants slit the throats of 11 miners in a residential compound near a mine site in Balochistan on Sunday, filming the entire incident and later posting it online.

Thousands of Hazaras have since staged a protest, arranging the coffins across a highway in the provincial capital.

In a series of tweets, the premier assured that the government was taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future.

Without mentioning a country, the premier further stated that the government was well aware that Pakistan’s “neighbour was instigating this sectarian terrorism”.

I want to reassure the Hazara families who lost their loved ones in a brutal terrorist attack in Machh that I am cogniscant of their suffering & their demands. We are taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future & know our neighbour is instigating this sectarian terrorism.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 6, 2021

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