CM Balochistan urges Hazara mourners to bury slain coal miners

QUETTA,(Parliament Times): Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has once again appealed to the mourners of the Machh tragedy to bury the slain coal miners.”The religious obligations may not be held back,” he wrote on Twitter. “I request you all again.”Thousands of mourners, including women and children, have blockaded the Western Bypass for the past five days in extremely cold weather, protesting against the Machh tragedy wherein 11 miners were kidnapped before dawn on January 3 as they slept near a remote coal mine some 60 kilometres southeast of Quetta city and shot to death.Security officials who did not want to be named told AFP that the attackers first separated the miners before tying their hands and feet and taking them into the hills to kill them.
The members of the Hazara community have refused to bury the slain coal miners until Prime Minister Imran Khan personally meets the mourners.On Wednesday, fourth day of the protest, CM Jam Kamal Khan visited the protest camp and Imambargah Wali Asr in Hazara Town and urged demonstrators to end the sit-in.
A night before that, the prime minister’s aide Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari arrived in Quetta with Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi to hold talks with the members of the Hazara community.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had also visited the city on Monday and held meetings with the Hazara community leaders and provincial government officials. He announced a compensation of Rs2.5 million for the families of the slain coal miners.

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