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Minister for Data and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Friday responded to criticism by the Opposition over using the phrase “blackmail” by Prime Minister Imran Khan as he spoke in regards to the sit-in in Quetta by the Hazara neighborhood.

The neighborhood has been protesting since Sunday, after 10 miners had been massacred by terrorists close to a coal subject in Balochistan’s Machh city, and have refused to bury their family members till the prime minister goes to satisfy them.

The prime minister, throughout a ceremony right now to launch Particular Expertise Zones Authority in Islamabad, had mentioned: “One does not blackmail the prime minister of any country this way.”

Machh tragedy: Prepared to go to Quetta right now, however slain miners should be buried first, PM says

His remarks stirred up a storm, with the Opposition criticising the premier for likening simply calls for to “blackmail” and for “lacking humanity”.

Faraz, in his rebuttal to the Opposition mentioned: “The people who see a tragedy like this one as an opportunity for political point scoring are the ones who do not have any humanity left in them.”

He mentioned the prime minister used the phrase “blackmail” for these very individuals who “politicise every matter”.

He mentioned that the prime minister shares within the sorrow of the affected households and considers it his top-most precedence to offer them justice.

Firdous Ashiq Awan weighs in

Later, in a dialog with Geo Information on programme “Report Card”, aide to the Punjab chief minister on data, Firdous Ashiq Awan mentioned: “The prime minister’s use of the word blackmail was not aimed at the deceased coal miners or their families, it was used for those people who attempted to place a value on the bodies.”

Opposition leaders kick up a storm

Earlier within the day, Opposition leaders criticised the prime minister closely for his selection of phrases and his delay for unknown causes in going to Quetta to satisfy with the mourning households.

PPP’s Senator Sherry Rehman mentioned that PM Imran Khan thinks that individuals asking him to fulfil their simply calls for are blackmailing him.

The PPP chief mentioned that the “egoistic” and “ruthless” prime minister has set the worst instance.

Rehman mentioned that his assertion was “an insult to corpses of the slain coal miners.”

“He has proved that he is not only incompetent but also ruthless.”

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In the meantime, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz mentioned: “This is the height of insensitivity; you are responsible for 220 million people.”

“If you refer to the cries of the people as blackmail, then you should be ashamed of yourself,” she added.

Maryam mentioned that visiting the grieving households was the prime minister’s obligation and “he will have to do this”.

Maryam Nawaz lashes out at PM Imran Khan for not going to Quetta

“You have time to meet Turkish dramas and meet actors,” she mentioned in reference to the prime minister’s assembly with the founding staff of the Turkish hit TV sequence Ertugrul from the day past.

“You have time to play with your dogs but not place your hand over the heads of the oppressed,” she added.

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