Men, women and children of Quetta’s Hazara community continued protesting the massacre of 11 coalminers in Machh for a sixth consecutive day on Friday at Quetta’s Western Bypass along with the dead bodies of the slain miners.

The protesters did not budge from their positions and continued to stage a sit-in despite harsh weather conditions and vowed they will only end the sit-in when Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the sit-in site.

According to the details, Shia Hazaras continue their sit-in in Quetta and Karachi to demand justice for the slain coal miners gunned down in Machh on January 3.

Hazara committee members say Prime Minister Imran Khan will be given respect if he visits Quetta.

Protests are being held at least 25 different points in Karachi.

The protests led to the blocking of several main arteries and either the delay or cancellation of several flights from the city.

More than 15 flights of local as well as international carriers were canceled, whereas 25 departed after delays.

On Shahrah-e-Faisal, from Metroville to Drigh Road, a severe traffic jam was reported.

Traffic was also adversely affected on Lyari Expressway, S M Taufeeq Road, and the Water Pump area on Shahrah-e-Pakistan.

In Saddar, the track from Corridor III, Gurumandar, to Teen Hatti remained choked.

Traffic Congestion was also reported from Shahrah-e-Korangi and National Highway.

The road leading from Nagan Bridge to Shafiq Mor was closed for traffic, traffic police said, adding that traffic was diverted from Sakhi Hassan to Qalandiya Chowk.

Leaders of religious and political parties and the civil society participated in the central sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi.

In Karachi protests are being held at:

People’s Chowrangi in District Central, Natha Khan, Colony Gate, Kamran Chowrangi, Johar Morr, Safoora Chowrangi, Abul Hassan Isfahani Road, University Road, Samama Bridge, Malir 15, Power House, Surjani Khuda Ki Basti, Ancholi, Five Star, Tower, Ayesha Manzil, Nazimabad No. 7, Nazimabad No. 1, Steel Town Chowk, Korangi No. 2 1/2, and Surjani KDA flats.

Thousands of Hazara community members along with families and relatives of ten slain miners, who were shot dead in Mach area of Kachi district on Sunday, continue their sit-in. The protesters have vowed that their demonstration will continue until Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrival, and dialogue will now only be held with the premier.

All previous attempts by the federal and provincial government to persuade the protesting Hazara community members to call off sit-in and bury their loved ones have been failed.


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