- Protesters accompanying Sajjad Hussain says he has vowed to not eat or drink something even when he dies
- Sajjad Hussain is the son of Ramzan Ali, a miner who was executed in the course of the Machh bloodbath
- Hussain has arrange his starvation strike camp exterior the Quetta Press Membership, with members of the Hazara neighborhood accompanying him
QUETTA: A resident of the Balochistan capital has began a starvation strike demanding that Prime Minister Imran Khan “come to Quetta” to go to the bereaved households of the Machh bloodbath victims protesting in freezing chilly temperatures.
Protesters accompanying the citizen, recognized as Sajjad Hussain, mentioned the person has vowed to not eat or drink something — even when he dies — till PM Imran Khan visits Quetta to satisfy and condole with the Hazara neighborhood.
Ten colliers had been shot lifeless after armed males stormed the Machh coal subject final Sunday, taking the miners to close by mountains earlier than opening hearth on them. 4 others had been significantly wounded, police had confirmed on the time.
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Sajjad Hussain, the son of slain miner Ramzan Ali, has now arrange his starvation strike camp exterior the Quetta Press Membership, with members of the Hazara neighborhood and representatives of the civil society accompanying him.
“We demand that Prime Minister Imran Khan come to Quetta,” the aggrieved protesters acknowledged.
Earlier as we speak, the premier mentioned he was able to go to Quetta at a second’s discover however solely after the deceased had been buried. “All the demands put forth by the protesters have been accepted,” he had mentioned earlier than including that “making the burial conditional on the prime minister’s visit is not appropriate”.
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“That’s akin to blackmailing the prime minister,” PM Imran Khan had acknowledged, stoking anger and resentment among the many oppressed Hazara neighborhood that has been goal of quite a few comparable terrorist assaults over the previous.
“I assured them that they would be compensated and looked after as the affected families have lost their breadwinners [but] nowhere in the world can you blackmail a prime minister like this,” the premier 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“Because then [it opens the door for] every crook to stage a sit-in and demand corruption cases against them be withdrawn.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.”
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“The Hazara community has faced the most cruelty. They have been persecuted in ways no other [community] has been persecuted. I have visited them and seen their fear.”
“India is trying its best to create chaos [in Pakistan],” he had added.
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A number of rounds of talks between the PTI authorities and the protesters have failed over the previous six days because the mourning individuals of the sit-ins — which have been replicated all through Pakistan by activists and civil society in solidarity — proceed their demonstration.
To this point, Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on abroad Pakistanis, Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari, have visited the Hazara neighborhood’s protest at Quetta’s Western Bypass.
Science and Expertise Minister Fawad Chaudhry had a day earlier held India accountable for the final week’s Machh bloodbath, stressing that New Delhi had additionally been concerned in terrorism and subversive actions throughout Pakistan.
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Info and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz defended the premier, saying the individuals who noticed a tragedy just like the Machh bloodbath as a chance for politicking had been those “who did not have any humanity left in them”.
Alternatively, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, alongside different Opposition leaders, additionally visited the protest website in Quetta, condoling with and comforting the bereaved households there.