As part of the ongoing reconciliation process, 26 militants belonging to various outlawed militant groups surrendered their weapons to authorities in Balochistan’s Khuzdar district on Friday.
‘More militants will surrender before the authorities in the days to come,’ Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar had said on April 21, when 434 militants submitted their weapons and surrendered to the authorities.
The militants surrendered at a ceremony organised at the Kalat Scouts campus in Khuzdar. PML-N Senator Niamatullah Khan Zehri, Commandant Kalat Scouts Colonel Rizwan Afzal and other officials participated in the weapons laying ceremony.
The militants laid down their weapons under the leadership of commander Omar Baloch, who belonged to an outlawed organisation.
‘We are denouncing violence and will now work for the country and nation,’ Baloch said.
During the last two years, more than 1,600 militants have abandoned a bloody armed struggle against the state.
‘We are civilian soldiers of Pakistan,’ Senator Zehri told the function. He said that enemies of Pakistan were bent upon hatching conspiracies and carrying out subversive activities inside Balochistan
26 BLF militants surrender in Khuzdar
May 19, 2017
By: Samaa Web Desk
Published in Pakistan
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KHUZDAR: *Three prominent commanders and their 23 associates of defunct Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) surrendered their weapons during a ceremony held here in Balochistan Frontier Corps camp on Friday.*
Pakistan Muslim League (N) Senator Naimatullah Zehri, Commandant Kalat Scouts Colonel Rizwan Afzal and others attended the ceremony.
*Speaking on the occasion, former Ferrari Commander Umar Baloch expressed his deep resentment over his taking part in a fight* against his own country and people and said he and his associates who have laid arms, made this decision after realizing that they were perpetrating violence against their own people and land.
*“We had been misled by foreign sponsored elements who got us indulged in a futile struggle”, he said and added militancy benefits only a few families and plays havoc with entire Baloch nation.*
He urged all militants to join national stream quitting the path of violence as it is in their best interest.
Earlier speaking on occasion, PML (N) Senator Mir Naimatullah Zehri and Commandant Kalat Scouts Colonel Rizwan Afzal urged Baloch militants to surrender to government following footsteps of their fellows instead of playing in hands of enemy forces.
They said the government will facilitate surrendering militants to live a normal and peaceful life.
They said the government has decided to get the province rid of violence and it will not spare any one posing threat to peace in any corner of the province. – APP