QUETTA: 11 coal miners belonging to Hazara Shia community were killed after being kidnapped in the Mach area of Balochistan on Sunday.
According to local police, the miners were kidnapped by militants when they were on the way to work. After taking them to the nearby mountain the militants shot each of them to death.
The police officials have informed that the terrorist first identified the miners as being from the Shia background before taking them away for executions while leaving others unharmed, Dawn reported.
What came to know as an act of sectarianism, the militant Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility of the attack. (Rueters)
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed, CM Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the incident. “The families of the victims will not be left abandoned by the government,” the PM wrote on Twitter.
In a statement, the PPP Chairman also expressed sympathies with the families of the victims and prayed for the departed souls. He said that terrorism should be condemned by every Pakistani and urged the government to take action and provide protection to the workers in the coal fields.
The members of Hazara community have been targeted and persecuted by terrorists groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan because of their Shia beliefs. At least 1,500 Hazaras have been killed in sectarian attacks since the late 1990s, according to figures maintained by a non-profit Hazara organisation.