BALOCHISTAN/ ISPR/ BALOCH REPUBLICAN ARMY/ UNITED BALOCH ARMY: As many as 14 Baloch militants gave up their arms and renounced violence on Saturday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The former separatists — belonged to the Balochistan Liberation Army, United Baloch Army and Baloch Republican Army (BRA) — pledged loyalty to Pakistan and announced they are disassociating with their leaders who are believed to be running the groups from abroad for the last many years.
Another 14 Baloch militants renounce violence
The activists of various banned outfits in Sibi and Kohlu pledged to become part of the national mainstream and play their role in the development and prosperity of the country.
All the ex-militants repented on their becoming stooges at the hands of the elements active for their petty gains and resolved not to be the part of those carrying out antistate activities any further.
Mass surrender: Up to 24 militants lay down weapons
As many as 43 BRA fighters, while surrendering their arms in October last year, accused Brahamdagh Bugti of “misleading them in the name of freedom.”
In June 2015, the Balochistan government had extended a general amnesty for all militants, provided they lay down their arms. Since that hundreds of fighters from various Baloch militant groups have laid down their arms.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2017.
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