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434 militants surrender in Balochistan

Updated Apr 21, 2017 07:28pm

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Suspected militants handing over their weapons to the chief minister. -Asmatullah Kakar
Suspected militants handing over their weapons to the chief minister. -Asmatullah Kakar

As part of political reconciliation in Balochistan, 434 militants surrendered to the authorities on Friday evening.

The militants belonged to various banned organisations, including Baloch Republican Army (BRA), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other groups. The militants were allegedly involved in attacks on government installations in Quetta, Dera Bugti, Sui and other parts of the province.

“Innocent people have been used and elements instigating them were living abroad,” said Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri.

“Innocent people were martyred at the behest of elements who are the slaves of RAW and no compromise would be made over the writ of the government,” added the chief minister.

Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz on the occasion said that Pakistan cannot be weakened.

“Anyone laying down their arms would be welcomed,” added Riaz.

“We were deceived,” said Sher Mohammad, a key commander of the proscribed BLA, while Dur Khan Baloch, another key commander, said they will “no longer fight for the Indians”.

Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Amir Riaz calls on Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zahri. -APP
Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Amir Riaz calls on Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zahri. -APP

A senior provincial official said so far over 1500 militants have surrendered.

“More Ferraris would surrender before the authorities in the days to come, said Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar.

The surrender ceremony was attended by senior military and civilians leaders.

The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked militants also operate in the region.

The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

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mumand baloch Apr 21, 2017 07:00pm

Welcome decision from our baloch brothers, those who are misleading us living and enjoying in Switzerland. This is our country, and we all will work together for the prosperity of Pakistan.

Fast Apr 21, 2017 07:03pm

Welcome move.

Pak army lovers Apr 21, 2017 07:13pm

Welcome to our baloch brothers, at last they made a good decision.

DW Apr 21, 2017 07:16pm

Good decision. Why ruin your life for an entitled Sardar who is enjoying his life in Europe?

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 21, 2017 07:28pm

Long live Baluchistan what a beautiful place and beautiful people.

Ayaz gul Apr 21, 2017 07:29pm

surrender of militant group is good for the Nation, however, it is time to restructure the educational system from top to bottom, easy access able for every citizen, based on concept clearance instead Ratafication, including the nationalism specially, through the beat quality teachers, free for all, enable to stop new generation moving towards terrorism based activities; otherwise, after surrender of some of them, it is may also be possible that some fresh umbrageous mind people once again took weapon against the state. Feeing lack of policy making, especially on the part of execution, replace the crappy system with the balance equllent system, need to crashed the generating point where the crime are being born.

Ahmed bin Babar Apr 21, 2017 07:35pm

God bless them..! Give them jobs so that they can serve and build up their province...

Amir Apr 21, 2017 07:42pm

No point fighting indian proxy fight on the Pakistani land. Baloch issues are not the same as granting extra royalty to Sardars commanding them from Switzerland and UK at the behest of RAW.

Pakistan is winning the war on Indian sponsored terror. Well done Baluchistan, the pride of Pakistan.

changez khan Apr 21, 2017 07:46pm

Excellent. Now this is the news we like to read. Very nice. The other militants should do the same.

Shahid Apr 21, 2017 07:47pm

With capture of Kalbhushan, and exhaustion of financial support through RAW, now Baluchistan is on the road to development and reconciliation. Now is the time to act sincerely and justly to extend maximum developmental funds and resources for the baloch brothers

Natey Apr 21, 2017 07:49pm

Give them jobs at cpec

rashid ansim Apr 21, 2017 07:49pm

Great news. My Dear brothers we welcome you all in our civil society and wish and pray to God to help us all to live in piece.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 07:54pm

This is a highly encouraging perspective. Wish them all a prosperous Unity in every field of development.

observer Apr 21, 2017 08:02pm

I feel very happy to know of this development. It is hoped that reconciliation process would be continued and brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Government has to do its share development of the province and providing opportunities for the people to earn their livelihood. Pakistan Zindabad!

Raheel Apr 21, 2017 08:04pm

Baloch are a pillar of Pakistan.

RAW has failed in its terrorism campaign in Pakistan.. Baloch see the game clearly now

mad mamluk Apr 21, 2017 08:10pm

@Ayaz gul easier said than done.

DIL Apr 21, 2017 08:25pm

big blow to the plans of RAW . good work Pakistan Army

HIBISCUS Apr 21, 2017 08:34pm

Don't blame others for our own mistakes. I am happy that we are making significant progress but the idea of blame game of too old for this day.

Tanoli Apr 21, 2017 08:46pm

A work well done, now do what is even more important; give the Balochs infrastructure, education, jobs and most important of all, a due share in the economic activity. Long Live Balochistan and Our beloved Pakistan.

Aman Apr 21, 2017 08:47pm

I am afraid this is very bad news for india as their plan is failing, here... Good for pakistan and god for my Bloch brothers as violence is not the answer, we the rest of pakistan knows that lots of injustice is done in Baluchistan and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible, however not through violence but through dialogue and government's immediate attention to address their legitimate issues and compensate for their missed opportunities.

flipflop Apr 21, 2017 09:00pm

The bitter truth is, when we are not united as a nation then no matter what you do outside forces will always intervene even if we are friends with those countries. We should be ashamed for ourselves that we took lives of innocent people. Our politicians should be ashamed for dividing our people for the sake of money, hatred, and revenge. When ever there's a misbalance in the development of areas in the country there will always be extremism which will rule over. Now is the time to develop the country open schools, hospitals, businesses etc. Strengthen the justice and law system so that people don't have to look outside the law to achieve their goals. The government should be for the people of Pakistan not for personal gains of the politicians.

Sarai alamgir Apr 21, 2017 09:01pm

Great sign of progressing Balochistan.

sajjad choudhry Apr 21, 2017 09:01pm

Great work done by civil and military leadership.

Salman Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 09:11pm

Land of minerals with golden people...long live Baluchistan.

Ashwin Apr 21, 2017 10:08pm

Great. Finally a very good news for Pakistan.

salman waheed Apr 21, 2017 10:59pm

WELCOME BROTHERS,

r sultan Apr 21, 2017 11:46pm

Reading the comments to this news item I cannot help but feel for my fellow Pakistanis as to how gullible and simple minded they really are. If authorities tell them to hate someone or some group they concur. If told to admire and express their admiration and friendship with another nation they do so, If presented with propaganda by the state or military they are all admiration, etc. No capacity to think independently and critically analyze a given piece of news for its veracity. They easily fall into the trap laid for them by the powerful and mighty.

NIMRA Apr 22, 2017 07:55am

Excellent that this is happening and hopefully it will continue. However, it's time for the Pakistani national government to realize that they need to acknowledge the fundamental reasons for the development and existence of militant organizations in Baluchistan. Whether those reasons concern poverty, human rights violations, or underdevelopment in the region, addressing these issues and creating promising solutions towards eradicating these very issues, is the only way for peace and prosperity in not only Baluchistan but the entirety of the country as well.

awan Apr 22, 2017 06:01pm

Welcome back...they have committed crimes but we should give them a chance to live good life and be a good citizens of Pakistan.

naeem sajjad Apr 22, 2017 06:42pm

auspicious