30 Baloch rebels surrender in Quetta


QUETTA: Two commanders of the proscribed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) along with 28 militants surrendered to authorities in Balochistan on Thursday.


The militants laid down their weapons in a press conference held by provincial minister Nawab Changaiz Marri.

“We appreciate that the militants have surrendered and have announced their decision to join peaceful lives,” said Marri on the occasion.

The militants who surrendered today were involved in attacks against civilians and security forces, according to a security official.

The government also announced amnesty for the militants adopting peaceful lives and they will be integrated in Balochistan.

Pakistan’s largest province — which borders Iran and Afghanistan — is riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.

Its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.

Baloch separatists demanding more autonomy and control over gas and mineral resources have frequently targeted security forces and police for years.