PM Imran requests Quetta sit-in participants to bury their loved ones

PM Imran requests Quetta sit-in participants to bury their loved ones

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday requested the sit-in participants of the Hazara tribe to bury their loved ones who were killed by militants on Sunday in an attack in Balochistan's Mach coal field area.

Thousands of mourners from the Shia Hazara tribe are protesting against the killings of mineworkers along with their dead bodies for the last four days in Quetta.

Despite cold weather, the protesters had warned the government that they will not bury their loved ones until the visit of the prime minister.

“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,” Khan requested.

He also said that he wants to reassure the Hazara community that his government is taking measures to prevent such attacks in future.

“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,” the prime minister tweeted.

Ethnic Hazaras make up most of the Shia population in Quetta. They have proven to be particularly vulnerable with their distinct Central Asian features making them easy targets for militants for the past several years in Quetta and its surroundings.

According to the police officials, the militants of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi – a banned militant outfit slit the throats of the laborers after kidnapping them when they were on the way to work.

Sunday's attack came after a relative lull in nearly a year of violence against the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the province.

In April, a market suicide bombing killed 18, half of whom were Hazaras.

Hazaras have been frequently targeted by LeJ and Daesh militants in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.