QUETTA: At least 400 rebel commanders from various areas of Balochistan surrendered on the occasion of Independence Day today (Friday) as part of government’s Peaceful Balochistan project, Dunya News reported.
A grand ceremony was held in Police Lines, whose chief guest was Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Muhammad Nasir Khan Janjua.
The 400 militants, some of whom are even commanders of banned outfits, had been embattled on mountains. They were presented with national flag and flowers by the school children.
The surrendering militants will also receive Rs 5 lac to 15 lac each other than education, health and other facilities for their children.
Addressing to the ceremony, Lt Gen Muhammad Nasir Khan Janjua said that Balochistan is on the path of progress and prosperity in which the services of our martyrs have a major share.
He also congratulated the surrendered commanders and welcomed them. He urged them to fight for the country instead of fighting against it as the people are their own.
He asked them to feel pride in laying down arms as they have done this before their own people and not in front of foreigners.
He reiterated that armed forces and the nation are ready to sacrifice anything for the sanctity of Pakistan and its national flag.