Over 50 Baloch militants say farewell to arms

Ferraris included three active commanders from various groups

Mohammad Zafar April 03, 2019
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Lango distributes prizes among the commanders during an event. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

QUETTA: At least 50 more militants belonging to different Baloch separatist groups on Tuesday laid down their arms in Quetta as part of the Peaceful Balochistan policy.

These fighters, commonly called Ferraris, surrendered to authorities in a ceremony held in the Commissioner House and attended by Home Minister Zia Langove and Sector Commander Brigadier Tasawur. The militants included three active commanders of Baloch armed groups.

As part of the policy, Langove also disturbed cash among the militants and invited more fighters to join mainstream politics for the sake of better future of their children. Since announcement of the Peaceful Balochistan policy more than 2,000 Ferraris have voluntarily surrendered.

CM appeals to remaining Ferraris to join mainstream

“Enemies lured our young generation by raising a fake slogan of independent Balochistan and funded them to kill innocent people but fortunately majority of disgruntled Baloch fighters are putting their guns down.” Langove said.

He wondered how someone could pick up arms against the state which, he said, is like our mother.

“Still I am inviting our people who took shelter in mountains and are targeting security forces and innocent people to come down and join mainstream politics in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the provincial government would provide them all assistance.

BRA commander, three militants lay down arms

“I was affiliated with the BLA [Balochistan Liberation Army] but today I have understood that I was wrong,” Yar Khan, a member of the armed group said, adding: “I want to urge other fighters to leave war against Pakistan because without the country we can’t have a secure future for our children. “