PESHAWAR: Leaders of different political parties protested the killing of 11 coal miners by unidentified gunmen in the Mach district of Balochistan and called on the government to take immediate measures to ensure the safety of people employed in coal mines.
In their separate statements here on Sunday, Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan and Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao claimed that the killing of poor coal miners was unbearable. They demanded that the government award compensation to the victims’ families and guarantee the welfare of other workers.
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Asfandyar Wali said that, because they were enemies of mankind, terrorists had no ideology and needed to be eradicated once and for all. “Had the government implemented the National Action Plan, it would have controlled such acts of terrorism,” he said. He added that effective steps should be taken by the government to safeguard people’s lives.
The leader of the ANP said his party had warned the government time and again about the regrouping of terrorists in the country. He advised the rulers to monitor the jihadist flames, or it would be unlikely in the event of further failure to restore stability. He said that terrorist attacks happened regularly in various countries, but the rulers were less worried to take measures to preserve peace.
Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, QWP president, said the government concentrated its attention on victimising opposition figures and was least bothered to perform its duties. He said that Tehreek-i-Insaf Pakistan had failed to keep its promises.
He said the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s huge rallies baffled the rulers and wasted little time to create issues for the opposition party coalition. He said it was the prime responsibility of the government to protect citizens’ lives, honour and land.
The leader of the QWP said that the government struggled to represent people as price rises and unemployment were rampant, and rulers were unable to formulate any successful inflation-overcoming strategy. He said neither the lives of persons nor honour and property were safeguarded. He urged the government to take pragmatic measures to safeguard citizens and monitor unemployment and inflation.