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Don’t blackmail me, PM Imran Khan???

On 3 January 2021, a tragic incident occurred in which 11 Hazara coalminers were kidnapped and brutally massacred by Islamic militants. In response to that, the Hazara community protested for six consecutive days in minus temperature. The victims were members of a minority Shia community, the Hazara, repeatedly targeted by extremists because they are followers of Shia Islam. It was not the first time that the Hazara community was targeted by terrorism, and every time they protested and appealed to the state to give them justice. Braving the biting cold, the mourners, including women and children, have refused to leave until the premier visits and the killers are brought to justice. Unfortunately, PM Imran Khan remarked with ignorance that "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." When he was not a PM, he visited the mourners of the same Hazara community and criticized Asif Ali Zardari back in 2013, who was the PM. Now that he becomes PM himself (Imran Khan), he also becomes ignorant and hypocritical by calling the deceased mother, sister, brother, and father "Blackmailers", who lost their loved ones. There is a saying that "If you cannot say something nice, do not say anything". In conclusion, PM Imran Khan used poor words to show his ignorance rather than supporting and showing empathy to the deceased ones. I have also attached links to some resources and see yourself the faces of Blackmailers.


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Is is very sad and pathetic that Imran Khan said such a thing to an already marginalized and conflict affected community. It is indeed the responsibility of the state to ensure the security of each and every person living in Pakistan.

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I agree with you that it is indeed the hypocrisy of PM Imran Khan that he did not visit Hazara community in the time of their grief.

And even if he did not want to go there, he could use some sensible words to refuse, rather than using using such harsh words that have hurt the sentiments of millions of people. Oh, pardon me for demanding something sensible from PM Sahab.

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It is an unfortunate reality as one steps into the government ,that there are multiple rules that you have to abide by as well as multiple restrictions. The prime minsiter may have been trying to show that he could not be blackmailed and that the authority of the state was supreme but he failed to consider the hardhips that the HAZARA community go through regularly and they were just looking for justice

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No doubt Hazara community have suffered a lot and what happened on January 03, 2021 was a tragic incident. But conditioning the burial of Shuhada with the visit of Prime Minister is not a valid demand. Of course it is the duty of state to provide security to the people but we know even our security forces are trying their best to eradicate terrorism but still the brutal killings happen every other week. If everyone refuse to bury there loved ones before the visit of Prime Minister can Prime Minister visit all those victims?


But I agree with the rest of what you wrote about politicians. They just love their throne they have no feelings for the common people. They…

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As I stated earlier, I agree that the safety of citizens is the responsibility of the state. But I think proper burial on time is the right of the martyrs. You cannot demand your rights by depriving someone else of their rights. That is not something I am in favor of.

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when one operates from outside the oppressive and rigged system, his approach is different and self-governed. While the statement of PM Imran Khan is atrocious insensitive, disrespectful and contrary to how he was like before he was elected as PM, operating within the system you are trying to change brings with it constraints. With his current statements, one can easily decipher how our PM operates under the pressure of leading groups of the state, such as the Mullahs, in order to maintain the "palatability" of his regime.

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Yh that was very sad but more power to those women who stand still against his (Imran Khan) sexual remarks and pressurized him through social media and then he changed his argument that he is not saying that he never blamed rape victims.

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