Monday Jan 11, 2021
On January 2, 10 coal miners were kidnapped and brutally killed by militants in the Machh area of the southwestern province of Balochistan.
All the victims had one thing in common: they belonged to the Hazara community, a marginalized ethnic minority which has been at the receiving end of many terror attacks in the past.
For the next six days, families of the murdered men sat on a main road in Quetta, in below freezing temperatures, refusing to bury the dead until authorities held those responsible to account and Prime Minister Imran Khan came to meet them.
Finally, on Saturday, government officials convinced the families to bury their loved ones after which Prime Minister Imran Khan assured them of protection.
But will the state keep its word? It hasn’t in the past. Will authorities finally apprehend the killers and stop the bloody onslaught against the Hazaras? While that remains to be seen, today, Geo.tv remembers the innocent: the brothers, the fathers, the sons, killed in cold blood on January 2.
22-year-old Sher Mohammad
28-year-old Hassan Jan
35-year-old Chaman Ali
33-year-old Karim Baksh
35-year-old Mohammad Sadiq
18-year-old Abdullah Shah