Almost a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s controversial comment about being ‘blackmailed’ by the protesters of the Machh massacre, negotiation between the government and the Hazara protesters has been concluded in a late night development on Friday. It has been decided that the victims’ dead bodies will be buried, ending a seven-day long deadlock situation.
Countrywide protests were called off by Shuhada Action Committee and Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) after meeting with the government officials.
Federal minister Ali Zaidi, SAPM Zulfi Bukhari , CM Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri visited the protesters for the second time and assured them that the prime minister, Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa were most likely to visit Quetta on Saturday(today).
The controversy arose after the PM Imran Khan referred to the protesters as ‘blackmailers’ and declared that he would visit Quetta once the victims were buried. The PM’s remarks was condemned nationwide including the opposition.