Maryam Nawaz berates PM for calling Hazara protest 'blackmail'

KARACHI (Dunya News) - PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for calling the Hazara communitys protest and their demand of his arrival as blackmail, calling him void of humanity.

Talking to media in Karachi on Friday, Maryam Nawaz said that she was forced to respond to the Prime Ministers recent statement about the ongoing Quetta protest.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had said that no premier can be blackmailed and it is not appropriate to condition the burial of the victims of the gruesome Machh incident with PMs arrival.

He was speaking at a ceremony in connection with the launch of Special Technology Zones Authority in Islamabad, where he said that he would visit the mourners today if the slain coal miners are buried. The Prime Minister said the government has accepted all the demands of Hazara community and delaying the burial any further makes no sense.

In response to the same statement, Maryam Nawaz said that for the last six days, families of the affected and their community has been waiting for his arrival. As the Prime Minister, it is his responsibility and duty to share the their grief, she added.

She criticized the PM further saying that he is the embodiment of arrogance, for being stubborn and egoistic in such a sensitive matter. “All the victims ask for is compassion from the Prime Minister”, she said.

Maryam Nawaz said the entire nation has felt the pain of the Hazaras and mourns their immense loss, but it wants to know what prevents the PM from going to Quetta and consoling the grieving families.