Prime Minister Imran Khan has met the bereaved families on Saturday of the victims from the Hazara community who were brutally massacred in Balochistan’s Machh.
The meeting between the coal miner’s families and Imran Khan took place at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University.
Imran Khan expressed his condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in the horrific incident.
While talking to the families, the premier said that he had visited the Hazara community in the past as well as he was aware of all the tragedies that the community had been suffering for many years.
“When the war on terror was going on, and people were afraid to visit your Imam Bargas, I visited your community even then,” he said.
“I understand all of your issues; I might be the only politician who understands your 20-year [struggle],” he said.
PM told the while speaking to the families that last March, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had informed the government that Indian wanted to spread sectarian violence in Pakistan by killing Shia and Sunni scholars.
While appreciating the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), PM Khan said that agency had arrested the culprits before and had averted many attacks that could spread the sectarian violence in the country.
“When this incident took place, I had no doubt that it was a part of a larger game — it was a step towards spreading violence in the country,” he said.
PM said that “keeping the situation in mind, I had first sent the interior minister your way”.
“The first thing that we had to do was [console] the families who endured heartbreaking setback — Amna bibi, whose five brothers were martyred, and Mohammad Sadiq, a brother of six sisters was also martyred.”
“That is why I had sent the interior minister first so that we could assure the families that we would not abandon them.”
Imran Khan said that he was in continuous contact with the intelligence agencies in this regard,
“The second thing I wanted to convey to the Hazara community was that we will [hunt down the people involved in the attack].”
“These are 35-40 people who have spread terror in the country; in the past, they were known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and now they are a part of the extremist group Daesh,” the prime minister said.