Machh massacre: Slain coal miners laid to rest in Quetta's Hazara Town

Machh massacre: Slain coal miners laid to rest in Quetta's Hazara Town

Quetta (Web Desk): Ten coal miners from the Hazara community, who were shot dead by the terrorists in Machh area of Balochistan on January 3, were laid to rest at Quetta's Hazara Town graveyard on Saturday.

The funeral prayers for the coal miners were offered earlier today in Quetta after the deadlock between the government and the protesters came to an end.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Federal Minister, Ali Zaidi, Provincial Ministers and leaders of different political parties and a large number of people attended the funeral prayers.

Earlier on Friday night, Protests sit-ins by members of Hazara community and their sympathizers in big cities of Pakistan ended after families of the slain coalminers decided to bury their loved ones after successful negotiation with the government.

Talking to newsmen in Quetta, a member of the Hazara Shuhada Committee said that the development came after all of their demands had been accepted.

Meanwhile, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) also announced to end their symbolic sit-ins in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Peshawar, Gilgit-Baltistan and other cities.

On January 3, ten coal miners were killed and several others injured when terrorists opened fire on them in Mach area of Balochistan.

The colliers were kidnapped by unidentified armed men and taken to nearby mountains where they were shot dead.

The Hazara community members were holding sit-in protest in Quetta along with the bodies of the slain miners for the past six days saying that the burials would only take place if Prime Minister Imran Khan himself visited the camp to give them an assurance that the unabated targeted killing of the Hazaras would end.