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Pakistani PM asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by ISIS

Pakistani PM asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by ISIS
More than 2,000 residents and relatives began their protest after ISIS militants abducted and then shot and killed the miners in Baluchistan province.

But Shiites from Hazara community for the straight sixth day continued their sit-in, refusing to bury the miners who were killed on Sunday after being abducted near the Machh coal field, 30 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.He said he could travel to Quetta today to meet with the relatives of miners if they bury the miners first.Pakistani PM asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by ISIS QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistan's prime minister Friday appealed the protesting minority Shiites not to link the burial of 11 coal miners from Hazara community who were killed by the Islamic State group to his visit to the mourners, saying such a demand amounted to blackmailing the country's premier.More than 2,000 residents and relatives began their protest after ISIS militants abducted and then shot and killed the miners in Baluchistan province.

"No premier of any country should be blackmailed like this," Khan said from Islamabad in televised remarks.Khan, speaking from Islamabad in televised remarks, said his government had accepted all of the demands of mourners, except that the dead would be buried when he personally visits them to assure their protection.

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