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QUETTA: PML-N vp Maryam Nawaz on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan for not going to Quetta to console with households of the Machh tragedy victims.
Speaking to Geo News, the PML-N chief described the premier’s earlier assertion on the Hazaras as “the height of insensitivity” and castigated him for having time to fulfill Turkish actors and taking part in along with his canine however not consoling the aggrieved Hazaras.
“If you refer to the cries of the people as blackmail, then you should be ashamed of yourself,” she added.
The PML-N vp was referring to the prime minister’s assertion from earlier within the day when he mentioned that making the burial [of the dead] conditional on the prime minister’s go to was not acceptable.
“This is akin to blackmailing the prime minister,” he had mentioned.
The Hazaras have refused to bury 11 slain coal miners who had been shot lifeless in chilly blood final week at a coalmine in Machh by unidentified assailants. Protest sit-ins have taken place in numerous components of the nation over the tragedy.
Maryam lamented that the Hazaras had been sitting out within the open, within the freezing temperature, with the our bodies of their family members and the prime minister had but not visited the realm.
“They are asking you to come and place your hand over their heads,” she mentioned, referring to the bereaved households. “They are asking for some guarantees [from PM Imran Khan] and will bury the dead after that,” added the PML-N chief.
Maryam mentioned that visiting the grieving households was the prime minister’s obligation and “he will have to do this”.
“You have time to meet Turkish actors,” she mentioned in reference to the prime minister’s assembly with the founding group of the Turkish hit TV collection Ertugrul from yesterday. “You have time to play with your dogs but not place your hand over the heads of the oppressed,” she added.
‘Slain miners must be buried first’
Speaking earlier at a ceremony, the prime minister had mentioned that he would go to Quetta right now if the Hazaras buried the slain coal miners.
The premier had mentioned he needed to clear his place on the matter.
“All the demands put forth by the protesters have been accepted; therefore, making the burial [of the dead] conditional on the prime minister’s visit is not appropriate,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News.
He mentioned that when the 11 coal miners had been killed in Machh, he first despatched Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed to Quetta after which two federal ministers to guarantee the Hazara group that the federal government stood behind them.
“I assured them that they would be compensated and looked after as the affected families have lost their breadwinners,” mentioned PM Imran Khan.
The premier had mentioned the federal government then accepted all calls for put forth by the Hazara protestors, however they’re adamant that they might not bury the lifeless till the prime minister visits Quetta.
“Nowhere in the world can you blackmail a prime minister like this,” PM Imran Khan had mentioned. “Because then [it opens the door for] every crook to stage a sit-in and demand corruption cases against them be withdrawn. This is very important.”
“The Hazara community has faced the most cruelty,” the premier had mentioned. “They have been persecuted in ways no other [community] has been persecuted. I have visited them and seen their fear.”