QUETTA: At least 16 suspected militants belonging to a banned organisation were killed and several others injured in a clash with security forces in Johan area of Kalat district on Wednesday.

“The militants killed and injured in the operation bel­onged to the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA),” a security official said, adding that a search operation was continuing in the area — about 160km from Quetta.

Official sources said that security forces had destroyed two alleged camps of the militants in the area.

“Sixteen armed militants were killed in fighting in the mountainous area of Johan,” Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the Baloch­istan government, said.

Security officials said that personnel of the Frontier Corps and intelligence agencies launched the search operation in the area and cordoned it off. But the militants opened fire on them. When security personnel returned fire, a heavy gunbattle ensued, leaving 16 militants dead, Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said. He added that about 20 militants were injured.

Published in Dawn, April 7th, 2016

Opinion

Editorial

Delay in the offing?
Updated 03 Feb, 2023

Delay in the offing?

Govt must realise that political stability in the country cannot be achieved by extra-constitutional actions.
Divisions in PML-N
03 Feb, 2023

Divisions in PML-N

DISCORD and drama in PML-N ranks escalated this week when Shahid Khaqan Abbasi revealed he no longer holds a party...
Wikipedia ‘downgrade’
03 Feb, 2023

Wikipedia ‘downgrade’

ATTEMPTS to police the internet by states, often by giving opaque justifications for the action, are never a good...
Mianwali raid
Updated 02 Feb, 2023

Mianwali raid

The military needs to share intelligence with civilian agencies to neutralise the militant menace nationwide.
Corruption unlimited
02 Feb, 2023

Corruption unlimited

PAKISTAN’S consistent slide on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index over the last several...
Women police officers
02 Feb, 2023

Women police officers

IN a heartening development, a second female police officer has been appointed as DPO in Attock, weeks after the...