The sit-in of the Hazara community continues in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Federal Minister Ali Zaidi and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan Zulfi Bukhari could not convince the participants.It may be recalled that ten miners were killed by armed men in Machh, Balochistan, after which their families and other members of the Hazara community have staged a sit-in with the dead in Quetta.
Efforts are being made by the government to end the sit-in, but participants do not seem willing to end the protest without meeting the prime minister. Addressing a news conference in Quetta along with Federal Ministers Ali Zaidi and Zulfi Bukhari, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal had also requested the participants of the Hazara sit-in not to make the meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan conditional on burying the dead. Agha Raza, one of the organizers of the sit-in, said that the sit-in was not organized by anyone. We are the voice of the people. The sit-in was called at the request of the family. The relatives have voluntarily brought these bodies here. Other demands have been accepted but their demand is that they will get up only if the Prime Minister comes and announces.
Federal Minister Ali Haider Zaidi, who went to negotiate with the protesters, said that such attacks are carried out by the enemies of Pakistan. When we were not in the government, we heard that there were outside hands. People like Kulbhushan were caught from here. On the other hand, the attempts of the Chief Minister of Balochistan and the Federal Ministers to persuade the participants of the sit-in have failed. We will not bury the dead until they come.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had told the Hazara families who lost their loved ones in the terrorist attack in Machh that they would come to him soon but appealed to them to bury the dead.In his message on Twitter, the Prime Minister wrote, “I reassure the Hazara families who lost their loved ones in the brutal terrorist attack in Machh that I am aware of your grief and demands.”
“We are taking steps to prevent such attacks in the future and we know that our neighbor is fueling this sectarian terrorism,” he wrote.The Prime Minister wrote that I share your pain and I have come to you before to express solidarity in these moments of grief. 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.