Says the state has failed to protect its people
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condoled on Thursday with the families of slain Hazara coal miners in Quetta.
On January 3, at least 10 coal miners were executed by unidentified men in their sleeping room in the Machh coal field area. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State’s Wilayah Pakistan arm.
The militant group released a graphic image that showed two armed men standing next to the bodies of the coal miners. The black ISIS flag could also be seen in the picture.
Hazara protesters have been staging a sit-in at a highway near Quetta for the last five days and have refused to bury their dead. The protesters say they won’t bury the victims until Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Quetta and meets families of the slain coal miners.
Maryam visited the Hazara sit-in on the western bypass in Quetta, where the Hazara community has been protesting with the bodies of the slain coal miners.
The PML-N leader said they would not let the government hide its failure and insensitivity.
"The state is responsible for protecting its people," she said. "I understand that this mother (state) has not protected you."
Maryam lamented the fact that the Hazara ethnic minority had been limited to a radius of two kilometers.
"They do not have the freedom to earn their livelihoods, they are not free to move," she said.
The PML-N leader said more than 2,000 Hazara people had been martyred in terrorist attacks so far.
She said she didn't have words to express herself.
A PPP delegation led by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met the protesting Hazaras in Quetta too.
"I am here with you in Hazara Town with immense grief and sorrow," the PPP chairman told the protesters.
He lamented that not a single one out of the 2,000 Hazara martyrs has been served justice since 1999.
Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah said he was there to share the grief of relatives of slain coal miners.
He extended heartfelt sympathies and expressed solidarity with the protesters on behalf of the people of Sindh.
The PPP delegates demanded the authorities bring the perpetrators to justice.