Insurgency in Balochistan: 49 militants surrender

They have decided to live their lives as law-abiding citizens

Our Correspondent June 14, 2015


Two more commanders, along with 47 militants from banned Baloch insurgent groups, laid down their arms and renounced violence on Saturday. They announced their surrender at a news conference in the presence of Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and PML-N’s senior leader Nawab Jangez Marri.

Speaking to journalists, the two commanders – Madina Marri and Shikari Marri – said they were affiliated with the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and United Baloch Army (UBA), the two proscribed groups blamed for several deadly attacks on security forces and sensitive installations.

Home Minister Bugti said the provincial government has announced amnesty for those militants who surrender to the authorities and give up violence. “They have decided to live their lives as law-abiding citizens,” he said. “It is a good opportunity for those who want to live a peaceful life.”

Marri and Bugti claimed that the security situation in Balochistan has worsened soon after the announcement of the Gwadar Economic Corridor Project, which is an economic game changer for the region. “Foreign elements want to destabilise Pakistan,” Bugti said. “I would request those working on the Indian agenda to review their decision and surrender before the state.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2015.


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rajesh | 7 years ago | Reply Isn't there terrorism in the Punjab, in Karachi, and in other parts of Pakistan? But are there people attacked by helicopters like the residents of Balochistan? No. Do you discover the maimed bodies of missing people in other provinces on a daily basis? No. The Taliban have madrassahs in the Punjab Province. Does Islamabad take any action against them? The answer is again, no. There can't be two laws and two systems for the privileged and the underprivileged in the country. In 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minorities minister, were assassinated in separate incidents for speaking out against Pakistani’s blasphemy laws. In 2012, the Taliban shot the young girl Malala Yousafezi for her pursuit and defense of education. ). In 2014, Rashid Rehman, a human rights lawyer, was killed by gunmen after he took on the case of a colleague accused of blasphemy. Last year, Amnesty International documented 34 working journalists killed in the last six years as their reports antagonized violent forces ranging from the government’s intelligence agency to the Taliban and other armed groups, as well as powerful political factions out to squelch media freedoms.
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