More than 100 Baloch militants surrender in Pakistan

Raza Haidery
By Raza Haidery June 14, 2015 23:32

More than 100 Baloch militants surrender in Pakistan

A group of 59 militants including two key commanders appeared before the media, along with senior politicians and government officials from the province, to announce they would end militant activities and become a “useful part” of society.

They followed a group of 47 militants on Saturday. All were given amnesty by the government.

“These people were in fact misled by the anti-state elements who are being funded by foreign spy agencies,” said Sanaullah Zehri, senior minister in Baluchistan.

“They have now pledged to lead a good life as true Pakistanis,” he said.

The militants who surrendered were from groups such as Baluch Republican Army (BRA), Baluch National Movement (BNM), and Lashkare-e-Baluchistan (Army of Baluchistan).

“We were trapped by our leaders who said they are fighting for the rights of Baluchs, but later we realised that they were enjoying their lives abroad and had pushed us and our families to a war here,” Obaidullah alias Babrak, a Lashkar-e-Baluchistan commander, told reporters.

Baluch separatists demanding more autonomy and control over gas and mineral resources have frequently targeted security forces and police for years.

Pakistan’s largest province — which borders Iran and Afghanistan — is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.

Its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth. – AFP



Raza Haidery
By Raza Haidery June 14, 2015 23:32
  • Ameer Paul

    Operation Zarb E Azb is coming to an end after successfully meeting it’s objectives. The next operation in offing is in Balochistan. Hence, it is not clear whether the surrendered millitants in Balochistan are giving up their strugle because of being fade up or because of waiting to restart their nefarious design again after the anticipated Military operation in Balochistan.

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