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Pakistani prime minister asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by Islamic State

Pakistani prime minister asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by Islamic State
Pakistan's prime minister on Friday appealed on protesting minority Shiites not to link the burial of 11 coal miners from their Hazara community, killed by the Islamic State group last week, to demands that he visit the mourners.

Pakistani prime minister asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by Islamic State People from the Shiite Hazara community gather around coffins of coal mine workers killed by gunmen near the Machh coal field, during a sit-in to protest, in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Jan.ARSHAD BUTT/AP QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistan's prime minister on Friday appealed on protesting minority Shiites not to link the burial of 11 coal miners from their Hazara community, killed by the Islamic State group last week, to demands that he visit the mourners.Saying that the miners would not be buried until he visits the protesters amounts to blackmail, said Prime Minister Imran Khan."We will not burry our people until Prime Minister Imran Khan comes to Quetta to see our ordeal and suffering," said Arbab Liaquat Ali, a Shiite leader.

"No premier of any country should be blackmailed like this," Khan said in televised remarks from Islamabad.Maryam Nawaz, a leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League party, said Khan was insensitive and that his ego prevented him from doing the right thing.

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