“I will visit the protesting mourners in Quetta once they bury their loved ones. If they do it today, I guarantee them that I will visit them today.” Says Imran Khan

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Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Special Technology Zones Authority in Islamabad, he said that the government had assured the protesters that they will be compensated.

“We have accepted all of their demands. [But] one of their demands is that the dead will be buried when the premier visits. I have sent them a message that when all of your demands have been accepted […] you don’t blackmail the prime minister of any country like this.

“Anyone will blackmail the prime minister then,” he said, adding that this included a “band of crooks” in apparent reference to the Pakistan Democratic Movement. “This blackmail has also been ongoing for two-and-a-half years.”

 

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday assured the protesting Hazara families that he would visit them “very soon”, urging them to bury their loved ones for the time being.

“I want to reassure the Hazara families who lost their loved ones in a brutal terrorist attack in Machh that I am cognizant of their suffering and their demands,” said the prime minister in tweet.

The premier said that his government is taking “steps to prevent such attacks in the future”. He reminded them that  it was Pakistan’s “neighbor” that is “instigating sectarian terrorism”.