They were from the Hazara community
Ten labourers from the Hazara community were killed after unidentified men opened fire at a coal mine in Balochistan’s Machh, the police said on Sunday.
According to the Levies force, the incident took place late Saturday night near Bolan. “The men were first kidnapped from the mine and then taken to a deserted location where the attackers shot them,” the spokesperson said.
Bolan Deputy Commissioner Murad Kasi said the bodies and injured people have been moved to Machh’s district hospital where doctors have declared them to be in critical condition.
Following the attack, personnel of the Levies force, Rangers and police reached the site and have started collecting evidence. The area has been cordoned off for investigations.
Kasi revealed that the labourers lived in Hazara Town. The Tehreek-e-Jafaria has condemned the attack calling it a conspiracy by anti-Islamists.
Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langove has taken notice of the incident and has directed an immediate inquiry. “No stone should be left unturned in the arrest of the perpetrators,” he said.
The minister prayed for the health of the injured men and said that terrorism of any type is unacceptable in the province.
We are deeply saddened by the news that at least 11 coalminers lost their lives in a terrorist attack perpetrated in the Mach area of Balochistan today.— Turkish Embassy in Islamabad (@TrEmbIslamabad) January 3, 2021
The condemnable killing of 11 innocent coal miners in Machh Balochistan is yet another cowardly inhumane act of terrorism. Have asked the FC to use all resources to apprehend these killers & bring them to justice. The families of the victims will not be left abandoned by the govt— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 3, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter and condemned the attack as well, promising that the families of victims and those injured will not be abandoned by the government.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has condemned the attack, ordered an inquiry into the incident and demanded an immediate report from the authorities. He said that those responsible for killing the unarmed workers did not deserve any mercy and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
To protest against the attack, residents of Hazara Town blocked the Northern Bypass and burnt tyres there.
The protesters have organised a sit-in on the road leading from Mach to Quetta with the bodies. They said they won’t move unless justice is served.
Following this, Balochistan Shia Conference President Dawood Aghar reached the site and said that he would try to reach an agreement with them.
The participants have now decided that the dead will be buried in the Hazara Town Cemetery at 1pm on Monday. The sit-in on the Western bypass will continue and another protest will be staged in front of the Press Club Quetta. This was decided by a meeting of the political and religious leaders of the Hazara community and the miners’ family members. They met at the Imambargah Wali Asr in Hazara Town, Quetta, led by Dr Nowruz Ali Gulzari.