28 suspected militants surrender in Balochistan

Published August 18, 2015
Provincial Home Minister described the surrender as a big achievement of the government.—AFP/File
Provincial Home Minister described the surrender as a big achievement of the government.—AFP/File

QUETTA: Five leaders and 23 members of the banned militant organisations surrendered in Quetta and Panjgur on Monday.

Four of the leaders handed over their arms to the authorities in the presence of provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti and Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani at the Quetta Press Club. Abdul Sattar Masoori Bugti, Iftikhar Bugti, Najeebullah Bugti and Idrees Rind belonged to the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA).

The minister described the surrender as a big achievement of the government because the men were said to be the “right hand of Barhamdagh Bugti”.

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He said they had abandoned the armed struggle against the state and decided to join the mainstream. Now they would work for the development and prosperity of the country, especially Balochistan, he added.

Sattar Masoori said he went to Afghanistan in 2006 and spent most of his time in Nimruz province. He said the BRA had set up 20 to 30 camps in Sobatpur, Panjgur, Khuzdar, Dera Bugti and other areas.

He claimed that the Indian intelligence agency RAW and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) were behind funding and training of the BRA militants. The RAW and NDS personnel trained BRA militants in its camps, he said, adding that providing arms and ammunition and transport were also their responsibility.

He said he and many other BRA militants had received training to carry out subversion activities in camps in the Afghan district of Spin Boldak and Nimruz. “I was commanding 20 camps of BRA in Dera Bugti,” Masoori Bugti said, adding that Najeebullah Bugti was responsible for camps in Chagai.

“We have abandoned fighting against the state and decided to serve our people by joining the mainstream,” he said.

The home minister said the government would provide financial help and protection to those militant leaders who had surrendered under the Puramn Balochistan package.

In Panjgur, a militant leader and 23 members of banned militant groups handed over their arms to the FC officials in the presence of Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch Official sources identified the militant leader as Hamal. They said the 24 men who belonged to the BRA and the Baloch Liberation Army had announced that they were abandoning the armed struggle against the state and would join the mainstream.

Published in Dawn, August 18th, 2015

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