Balochistan insurgency: 400 militants surrender on Independence Day

Published: August 14, 2015
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The fighters surrendered their weapons during an Independence Day ceremony at Police Lines in Quetta. PHOTO: INP

The fighters surrendered their weapons during an Independence Day ceremony at Police Lines in Quetta. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA: As many as 400 Baloch insurgents laid down arms and renounced violence on Independence Day, Radio Pakistan reported. 

The fighters surrendered their weapons during an Independence Day ceremony at Police Lines in Quetta.

“Those who laid down their arms are their brothers and will be settled in their homes,” Commander Southern Command General Nasir Khan Janjua said, adding that all these people who laid down arms and renounced the way of violence are our friends, brothers and Pakistanis.”

Read: Insurgency in Balochistan: 49 militants surrender

Home Minister Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti, IG Balochistan and other high civil and military officials were present at the occasion.

During the event, the insurgents came one by one on stage and laid down their arms, while vowing not to operate against the State again.

The home minister appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif towards a ‘Peaceful Balochistan Programme’.

In last couple of moths, hundreds of fighters belonging to separatist Baloch militant groups have laid down their arms.

On June 26, the Balochistan Government extended a general amnesty for all militants, provided they lay down their arms.

Read: Amnesty for Baloch militants — will it work?

The provincial apex committee, during its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, reviewed the progress of the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) in Balochistan.

It was agreed during the meeting that miscreants, criminals and anti-social elements, would be given no concession and action against them would continue, while in order to facilitate youngsters in renouncing violence and laying down their arms, the meeting agreed that a Peaceful Conciliatory Balochistan Policy would be implemented for the rehabilitation of those who surrendered.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Ali
    Aug 14, 2015 - 3:19PM

    Alhamdolillah Pakistan is rising. In almost all fronts, Pakistan is beating the challenges. The rotten days of Musharraf and Zardari are gone and Nawaz Sharif and Raheal Sharif are cleaning up all the mess that was spread around by the previous two. Great work. Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Aug 14, 2015 - 3:55PM

    Desperate times, desperate measures.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 14, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Long live Nawaz Sharif. Peace is the greatest gift to a nation on its Independence Day. Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Aug 14, 2015 - 6:15PM

    Its a trap from India. Keep an eye on them. Recommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 14, 2015 - 7:44PM

    @Ali, thanks to Raheel Sharif only, Nawaz Sharif was still “negotiating” with Taliban and protecting Lashkare Jhangvi in Punjab.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Shower them with love and respect, they will never leave! They are our own, we have to save our house from breaking. Don’t give India a chance to exploit their grievances.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 14, 2015 - 7:52PM

    There is no better leader and politician than Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan today! This is his long farsightedness and ability work with every one that is paying off and even bigger thanks to Dr. Malik. A true example of good things that come when elected people make choices and develop consensus rather than a group of tecticians in pindi.Recommend

  • Nida Ali
    Aug 14, 2015 - 9:56PM

    Now, let economic activities and development get rolling in Balochistan, so these men can be employed and happy and prosper and feed themselves and their families. Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 14, 2015 - 10:30PM

    @Hamood Raheel Sharif is doing what he was appointed to do by Nawaz Sharif, that is be a soldier and not king maker. Nawaz Sharif is the one who took chance on him as well as Dr. Malik and Nationalists and provided them the platform to negotiate. Every party wanted to negotiated with Taliban including Taliban Khan bar MQM/PPP. Our Generals called them Strategic Assets not too long ago so Stop being irrational. Nawaz Sharif has turned this country for better, whether you like it or not and accept it or not. Long Live Mian Sahab.Recommend

  • z
    Aug 14, 2015 - 11:07PM

    @Hamood, my humble request to you and whole Pakistani nation, please do not make Pak Army controversial. Let the mess clean up once and for all, we will decide who did what later. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:32AM

    @H Chaudhry, your Nawaz Sharif was still negotiating with the Taliban through his usual committees Itwas Raheel Sharif who ordered him to stop and started operations right away after APS. Nawaz and his brother Shahbaz are still supporting LeJ and other sectarian outfits in South Punjab, it was Raheel Shareef who ordered them taken down. Nawaz Sharif’s only interest in Pakistan is how to mint money by hook or crook. Recommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:34AM

    @H Chaudhry, Nawaz Sharif’s appointment of Raheel Sharif is no credit to Nawaz Sharif, stop being irrational did you forget he also appointed a guy named Musharraf in 1999.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:37AM

    Good Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

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