Burial takes place first, Imran Khan pacifies mourners, explains reasons of late coming
Nation special report
QUETTA: The protest of Hazara community against the brutal killing of 10 miners in Machh area of Balochistan ended, all dead bodies were buried then Prime minister Imran Khan reached Quetta today (Saturday), pacified the grieved families. Earlier, negotiations were held between the government team and relatives of the victims following the burial of dead bodies.
Talking to the grieved families who were gathered and met the prime minister at a local university, Imran Khan explained the reasons why he could not come earlier. At this occasion, he once again reiterated his point of view that this is not the way of demand for asking him to come to Quetta. He is the prime minister of the country and has to deal a number of issues. “I did send members of my team who assured you every possible help and to resolve the issue according to your satisfaction but you did not listen and continuously demanded that I should come to meet you first than you will bury the dead bodies”, Imran Khan said holding India responsible for this tragedy.
Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday met Governor of Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai and Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan as he arrived here mainly to meet the grieved families of slain miners from Hazara community for condolence.
Commander of Southern Command Lt. General Sarfaraz Ali also attended the meeting, a PM Office press release said.
During the meeting, they discussed the security situation of the province as well as the situation arose after the killing of miners in Machh area of Bolan, Blochistan in a terrorist incident took place on January 3.
Meeting in Quetta:
Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday chaired a meeting here to discuss with the federal and provincial leadership the overall security situation of the province, particularly the tragic killing of Hazara miners.
Governor of Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, federal ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Syed Ali Zaidi, Ali Amin Gandapur, Special Assistant to PM Zulfiqar Bukhari and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri attended the meeting.
Provincial Interior Minister Ziaullah Lango, Commander of Southern Command Lt. General Sarfaraz Ali, Inspector General of Police Balochsitan Mohsin Hassan Butt, Chief Secretary Capt (Retd) Fazeel Asghar and senior civil and military officers were also present.
The prime minister arrived here after the families and Hazara community buried the bodies of the deceased miners and called off their countrywide sit-ins. They had earlier linked calling off their protest and burial of the bodies with the prime minister’s visit and acceptance of their demands.
However, after multiple rounds of negotiations with the government team, the martyrs’ committee agreed to end the protest and bury the bodies.
The protest, which took place in the bitter cold on the western bypass of Quetta, ended last night after successful talks between the government team and the Martyrs’ Action Committee. Two federal ministers accompanied by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal visited the protest camp in Quetta last night and assured them that the government had accepted their demands. He also clarified the statement of the Prime Minister.
After which the representatives of the Martyrs Action Committee and Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) announced the end of the six-day sit-in and the family members agreed to bury the bodies of their loved ones.
At the same time, members of the federal cabinet including Ali Zaidi, Zulfi Bakhali, Chief Minister Jam Kamal and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri assured the family that Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to come to Quetta any time ‘soon’ while accepting all your demands. Have been done.
The affected families were also informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa are likely to visit Quetta on Saturday.
In addition, after announcing the end of the sit-in of the relatives in Quetta, MWM also announced the end of the ongoing sit-ins across the country.
On the other hand, the demands accepted by the government include the establishment of JIT, suspension of officials and others. Details in this regard revealed that Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliani has formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Machh tragedy and asked him to protect the workers of Machh Quetta Field. I will determine the responsibility on the negligent departments.
He also ordered the compilation of a database of coal workers and enforcement of labor laws, and also removed the Deputy Commissioner and District Police Officer (DPO) of Kachhi District from his post.
On the other hand, Federal Minister Ali Zaidi, in his address to the participants of the sit-in, while reading out some points of the talks, first said that the responsibility should be laid on the officers and the JIT should be set up. A high-level commission has been set up headed by Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Lango, comprising two members of the Balochistan Assembly, two senior Balochistan government officials, a police officer of DIG rank and two members of the Martyrs’ Committee. Will
He said the committee would meet once a month and monitor all developments and decisions would be taken in consultation with the people.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, while commenting on the Hazara community protest, said that no premier can be blackmailed and it is not appropriate to condition the burial of the victims of the gruesome Machh incident with PMs arrival.
Speaking at a ceremony in connection with the launch of Special Technology Zones Authority in Islamabad, Imran Khan said he will visit Quetta today if the slain coal miners are buried.
The Prime Minister said the government has accepted all the demands of Hazara community and the bereaved families will be compensated and fully taken care of as they have lost their bread earners in the despicable incident.
He said he first sent the interior minister and then two of his cabinet members to the Hazara community to speak and sympathise with them and deliver a message that the government shares their sorrow and pain and fully stands behind them.
Imran Khan said the Machh incident is part of the Indian conspiracy to instigate anarchy and sectarian strife in Pakistan. He said the Indian plot was to murder the religious scholars of different schools of thought.
The premier commended the intelligence agencies for foiling four major terrorist activities including one in outside Islamabad. He said we have put out the fire which the enemy was conspiring to stoke through sectarianism.