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In Quetta visit, Army chief assures justice to families of Mach massacre victims – Pakistan

Military Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday paid a go to to Quetta, the place he assured households of the Shia Hazara coal miners killed in a brutal assault in Balochistan’s Mach space that the perpetrators of the killings “shall be delivered to justice”.

Throughout the day-long go to, the chief of military employees was given an in depth safety briefing on the Southern Command headquarters and interacted with a big gathering of the Hazara neighborhood, an Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR) assertion stated.

The military chief was apprised in the course of the briefing concerning the prevailing safety challenges within the province and the measures taken to cope with them, together with border administration alongside the Pak- Afghan and Pak-Iran borders.

Gen Bajwa hung out with the bereaved households of the Mach incident’s victims and shared their grief. He “assured them that perpetrators of this heinous incident shall be delivered to justice and blood of the martyrs won’t go waste”, the navy’s media wing stated.

Later, whereas addressing the garrison officers, the COAS appreciated their preparedness and efforts for making certain peace and stability in Balochistan “regardless of difficulties of terrain and distances concerned”.

“Balochistan is in sharp focus of our enemies as a result of its strategic potential,” Gen Bajwa was quoted as saying on the event.

He stated Balochistan was the way forward for Pakistan and progress and prosperity of the province was linked to progress of the nation.

“The disruptive efforts by hostile forces will not be allowed to succeed,” the military chief emphasised, saying the safety, stability and prosperity of Balochistan will probably be ensured “to the hilt”.

Earlier, on arrival in Quetta, Gen Bajwa was obtained by Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali.

On January 3, 11 miners belonging to the Shia Hazara neighborhood have been brutally massacred within the Mach coalfield space. Armed assailants had entered their residential compound early within the morning the place they have been sleeping, and blindfolded and trussed them up earlier than executing them. The militant Islamic State (IS) group, additionally identified by the Arabic acronym Daesh, claimed duty for the assault.

Relations and residents began a protest towards the killings on the identical day, arranging the miners’ coffins on the Western Bypass on the outskirts of Quetta and refusing to bury them in a symbolic gesture till the prime minister’s go to and assurance of safety.

The protests later unfold to different components of the nation, together with Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi, the place demonstrators blocked a number of vital roads, disrupting visitors.

After a impasse lasting for practically per week, talks succeeded between the protesters and the federal government, resulting in the tip of the protests and burial of the miners on Saturday.

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