Zulfikar Bukhari rejects criticism on his negotiation with Hazara Community

PM Imran Khan had sent a delegation including Bukhari and Ali Haider Zaidi, the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs to convince the bereaved families to bury the bodies.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has rebutted the criticism after his video of negotiating with the Hazara Community went viral on Wednesday.

In a tweet, Bukhari responded to the ongoing diatribe against him after a small video clip of his interaction with the protestors circulated on Twitter. The Twitter users had condemned Bukhari for adopting apathetic and ignorant behavior towards the bereaved families. Hazara Community has staged a sit-in protest and refuses to bury the martyrs of the Machh killings.

The protest has entered its third day. 11 coal miners were brutally killed in Machh area of southern Balochistan on Sunday. Coal miners were kidnapped and killed by armed men who took them to a nearby mountain. The coal miners were sleeping near the coal mine when they were kidnapped before dawn. The attackers tied their hands and feet and took them to a mountain.

Now the protestors demand justice from the government and are adamant not to bury the victims until Prime Minister Imran Khan visits them.

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PM Imran Khan had sent a delegation including Bukhari and Ali Haider Zaidi, the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs to convince the bereaved families to bury the bodies.




However, a small clip of Bukhari talking to the leaders of the Hazara Shia community went viral on social media in which he was trying to convince them to reconsider their demand of PM Khan visiting them.

Negative social media trends are criticizing PM Khan for not reaching there- heavy discourse continues among the social media users who are speculating the reasons behind the deliberate decision of PM Khan’s not visiting the mourners immediately.

Read more: 11 coal miners killed in Balochistan’s Machh area

Meanwhile, responding to the backlash, Bukhari said: “People in vid clip aren’t victim families nor is it complete convo Sitting in cosy homes & trying to do politics on Shuhda is despicable specially without knowing facts/context. We shouldn’t side with the enemy have trust& pray their pain eases rather than play on it #HazaraLivesMatter,” wrote Bukhari in his tweet.

Meanwhile, PM Khan has also requested the mourners to bury the martyrs. He has assured the protestors he will visit them soon and will not leave them alone in the time of tragedy.

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