On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Quetta, hours after coal miners from the Hazara village, brutally killed in a January 3 strike, were laid to rest at the Hazara Town cemetery in the area.
Later today, he is scheduled to visit the families of the miners.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal, provincial ministers and other high-ranking officials received the premier upon his arrival, according to Radio Pakistan. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for the Interior, and Ali Amin Gandapur, Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, accompanied the Prime Minister.
A high level meeting will also be chaired by PM Imran in which the implications of the Mach incident and the law and order situation of the province will be reviewed, the study said.
The premier met the regional chief minister and governor shortly after landing. The Southern Command Commander, Lt. General Sarfraz Ali, was also present at the conference.
After talks between the protesters and the government succeeded in ending a sit-in that lasted for days in Quetta, the Hazara protesters had decided to bury the dead late on Friday night; the group had requested that the prime minister meet the bereaved and direct a judicial investigation into the incident.
“The prime minister attracted a lot of backlash for suspending his visit to Quetta for “security concerns” after initially criticising the incident. Maryam Nawaz of PML-N, who visited the Hazara protesters earlier this week, said she felt sorry to see the “person sitting on the seat of power and authority” displaying indifference.
The victims’ families are weeping for government promises, but Imran Khan is not coming here because of his ego,” she said.”
On Friday, however, the prime minister asked the nation to bury those killed in the blast, urging them to refrain from “blackmailing the premier” a declaration that attracted strong condemnation from all directions.
Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad, he said: “All their demands were accepted by us.” [But] one of their requests is that anytime the premier comes, the deceased are buried. I sent them a message that you will not blackmail the prime minister of any country like this until all of your requests have been approved.
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“This should be clear. All of your demands have been met but you can’t impose a condition which has [no logic]. So first, bury the dead. If you do it today then I guarantee you that I will come to Quetta today,”If you do it today, then I guarantee you that today I’m going to come to Quetta.