Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz expressed solidarity with the Hazara community protesters in Quetta who have been protesting for five days against the killing of 11 miners in Machh.
Apart from Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maryam Nawaz, Sindh Chief Minister and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also addressed the protesters on the occasion.
Addressing the participants of the sit-in, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “I am with you once again in Hazara Town with great sorrow and regret. He said that it is regrettable that whenever he came to Quetta is because of grief and the terrorist incident.
He said that Pakistan is a country, there is a land where even the martyrs have to protest. 2,000 people have been martyred since 1999 but not a single martyr has received justice.
Earlier, the Sindh Chief Minister demanded the government to arrest the killers as soon as possible and punish them severely.
Expressing condolences to the families of those killed in the Machh incident, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said, “We and the entire nation share in your grief, but I realize that we cannot understand what has happened to you and what has befallen you,” he said.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan will have to come here. If he cannot come to Quetta, the people will not allow him to sit in Islamabad,” she said.
It should be noted that on January 3, 11 miners were brutally killed by gunmen at gunpoint in Machh area of Bolan district of Balochistan.
Information about the incident revealed that the gunmen blindfolded the 11 Shia Hazara coal miners, blindfolded them and then killed them. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, various political figures, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, had condemned the incident, while Imran Khan had ordered the FC to bring those involved in the incident to justice.
However, in the immediate aftermath of the incident, members of the Haraza community began protesting by placing the bodies of their loved ones on the western bypass of the provincial capital, Quetta.