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    49 militants surrender

    QUETTA: Two more commanders, along with 47 militants from banned Baloch insurgent groups, laid down their arms and renounced violence on Saturday. They announced their surrender at a news conference in the presence of Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and PML-N’s senior leader Nawab Jangez Marri.

    Speaking to journalists, the two commanders – Madina Marri and Shikari Marri – said they were affiliated with the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and United Baloch Army (UBA), the two proscribed groups blamed for several deadly attacks on security forces and sensitive installations.

    Home Minister Bugti said the provincial government has announced amnesty for those militants who surrender to the authorities and give up violence. “They have decided to live their lives as law-abiding citizens,” he said. “It is a good opportunity for those who want to live a peaceful life.”

    Marri and Bugti claimed that the security situation in Balochistan has worsened soon after the announcement of the Gwadar Economic Corridor Project, which is an economic game changer for the region. “Foreign elements want to destabilise Pakistan,” Bugti said. “I would request those working on the Indian agenda to review their decision and surrender before the state.”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/903261/i...nts-surrender/

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    Re: 49 militants surrender

    Well done for the forces in the pressure they have put on the militants.

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    Another 59 Baloch militants surrender

    QUETTA: Over a hundred Baloch militants fighting against forces in insurgency-wracked Balochistan have now surrendered and pledged their allegiance to the country, officials said on Sunday.

    A group of 59 militants including two key commanders appeared before the media on Sunday, along with senior politicians and government officials from the province, to announce they would end militant activities and become a “useful part” of society.

    They followed a group of 47 militants on Saturday. All were given amnesty by the government.

    Also read: Two militant leaders, 47 aides lay down arms.

    “These people were in fact misled by the anti-state elements who are being funded by foreign spy agencies,” said Sanaullah Zehri, senior Balochistan minister.

    “They have now pledged to lead a good life as true Pakistanis,” he said.

    The militants who surrendered were from groups such as Baloch Republican Army (BRA), Baloch National Movement (BNM), and Lashkar-e-Balochistan (Army of Baluchistan).

    “We were trapped by our leaders who said they are fighting for the rights of Balochs, but later we realised that they were enjoying their lives abroad and had pushed us and our families to a war here,” Obaidullah alias Babrak, a Lashkar-e-Balochistan commander, told reporters.

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

    Pakistan's largest province — which borders Iran and Afghanistan — is also 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.

    Over a week ago, a leader of the banned United Baloch Army had surrendered to authorities along with his 50 supporters.

    Wali Mohammad alias Haji Kalati, the UBA ‘commander’ for Kohlu, Kahan and Barkhan region, announced his surrender at a press conference at the residence of provincial Irrigation Minister Nawab Jangeez Khan Marri.

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    Re: 49 militants surrender

    What reason do they have to put their arms down for good?

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    Re: 49 militants surrender

    Quote Originally Posted by Amjad Hussain View Post
    What reason do they have to put their arms down for good?
    Seems like the pressure has paid off I guess?

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    Re: 49 militants surrender

    Quote Originally Posted by Wajid47 View Post
    Seems like the pressure has paid off I guess?
    Lets hope its not a publicity stunt.

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    Nine killed in Balochistan's Turbat

    QUETTA: Nine people were killed in two separate incidents in Balochistan's Turbat area Friday.

    A Levies official told Dawn.com via telephone that armed men opened fire on a vehicle in Nasirabad area of Turbat killing six people, including commander of a banned militant group— Fazal-e-Haider.

    Others killed in the firing incident were identified as Ubaid alias Mout, Bahar, Waheed, Haroon and one unknown person.

    The assailants sped away in their vehicles after the attack, Levies said while the dead bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Turbat for postmortem.

    Levies and police officials reached the spot as investigation into the incident began. All six deceased received multiple bullet wounds, a Levies official said, adding that panic prevailed in the area after the incident.

    Levies also found three dead bodies in Turbat's Hoshap area Friday. Locals had spotted the dead bodies and informed Levies about them. The dead bodies— that were also shifted to Civil Hospital Turbat— are yet to be identified, Levies said.

    All victims in the second incident received multiple bullet injuries, security personnel added.

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    Stabilising Balochistan

    Born and raised as privileged individuals, it’s often the case that we end up raising our voice and concern for the rights of Muslims far away in Palestine or Myanmar, forgetting our very own neighbourhoods that have been struggling for their rights for decades. Many of us who do even end up raising our voices, seldom do so beyond social media, doing more harm than good to the Baloch cause — a cause which is more about getting an equal playing field and less about Baloch independence. My experience with Balochistan has been different, and naturally my problem-identification and solution is also counter-intuitive.

    Successive governments in Pakistan, both democratic and military, have tried to reach middle ground to resolve the crisis in Balochistan — yet as it appears, most attempts have failed miserably and if anything, fuelled further anger. There are two reasons for this. First, there is absolutely no understanding of the Baloch problem among Pakistan’s political leadership that is mainly elected through Punjab. Also, the solutions are partly those advised by the Baloch elite — which unfortunately, is part of the problem. Second, all efforts to reconcile Balochistan have been short-sighted quick solutions rather than long-term ones that require continuity in policies and truck-loads of patience.

    If the current PML-N government is serious about Balochistan, the narrative around fixing the province has to change. The repeated emphasis on the area’s minerals and natural resources as the key to Pakistan’s and Balochistan’s future doesn’t really go down well with the Baloch people, who feel reduced to being considered as commodities. Moreover, natural resources shouldn’t really be what the government should be eyeing — Balochistan has something much richer and lucrative for the government to invest in: the Baloch youth!

    During my brief stint of teaching at top public universities in Pakistan, I haven’t the slightest doubt that in terms of intellect and thirst for learning, students from Balochistan (both Baloch and Pakhtun) are way ahead of most students from other provinces. While Baloch students do sometimes struggle with technical skills like English writing and reading, they compensated it with extraordinary hard work and a desire to learn — a remarkable trait that was not sporadic but consistent amongst hundreds of Baloch students whom I taught over two years. In fact, at so many instances, I felt that the acute understanding of politics, literature and philosophy demonstrated by Baloch students was positively intimidating and I had to really prepare myself for lectures to be able to answer their questions. This is the Balochistan I saw, and this is the Balochistan I feel does not only have the potential to bring about rapid change, if invested into, but would prove more lucrative than natural resources for Pakistan in general.

    However, this highly intellectual youth is being robbed of its basic right for decades — the plunder that has no equal in our history. Never mind the unequal treatment in development, letting sardars run Balochistan, or the matter of the hundreds of missing persons — the worst damage inflicted on Balochistan is through fake domiciles that are issued by those privileged individuals from mostly Punjab who can’t otherwise qualify for government jobs because of stiff competition. Instead, they get an easier way inside the bureaucracy by hijacking a seat of some deserving Baloch candidate. This trend of getting fake domiciles has been marginalising and discriminating against hundreds and thousands of highly intellectual and deserving Baloch students and professionals. It is tragic that the Baloch youth is treated in such unfair terms and on top of that, its allegiance to the nation is questioned.

    The government must immediately take notice of such practices and ensure that an increasing number of Baloch youth are able to enter the government. While the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor allows for the development of infrastructure in Balochistan, it has to be complemented with a large investment in special programmes, specifically for the Baloch youth, along with measures taken to end all sorts of discrimination in the province so that wonders can be achieved.

    Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2015.

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    Militants, key commander surrender in Balochistan's Sui

    QUETTA: Four militants, including a key commander of a banned organisation, surrendered to security forces in Balochistan's Sui area on Friday.

    The commander identified as Tota Khan Bugti laid down weapons along with three other militants before officials at a ceremony.

    Frontier Corps spokesman Khan Wasey said Tota Khan Bugti was fighting against security forces for a long time in the area.

    The militants handed over 4 SMGs, 20 SMG magazines, a satellite phone and other equipment to security forces.

    Besides officials, tribal elders were also present during the ceremony held in Sui tehsil of Dera Bugti, Wasey said.

    The surrender has come after the Balochistan government announced amnesty for youths surrendering their weapons and adopting peaceful lives in the province few days back.

    In the past month, more than one hundred militants hailing from various militant organisations have laid down their weapons in Balochistan.

    The government also announced a compensation policy for youth surrendering before security forces in the province.

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    Re: Pakistan - Baloch Insurgency

    Friends:

    Some in Pakistan are flying while high and others are asleep at the wheel, this especially the case with what is happening Internationally over Balouchistan -- notice, I did not say Pakistan -- Much like Syria, and the destruction of that nation state, for Pakistan the die was cast when it's relations with China developed into the strategic level, Like the "Free Syrian Army" and other "patriots" , to present a credible threat and bargain position, the various nations supporting different groups of saboteurs, sectarian terrorists, insurgents and criminals, have issued a call to form a united front -- All of this in the context of the Pakistan army having for the most part, cleared the TTP from Pakistan, the Rangers in charge of Karachi, and much fear and trembling in the Punjab that the Rangers will soon clear it, something the Sharif brothers will not allow, because it would seriously impact their reelection in 2018, And the decision by China to fund and build the CPEC:




    Brahamdagh invites all insurgent groups for talks

    Saleem Shahid
    Published Nov 16, 2015

    QUETTA: Nawab Braham*dagh Bugti, President of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), has invited various parties, including the outlawed Baloch pro-independence groups, and their leaders for negotiations to sort out their differences.

    In a statement received here from Geneva on Sunday, he said unity was the only way to guarantee resolution of issues.

    Mr Bugti suggested that the meeting of the parties and leaders should be held in Switzerland, but could also be held in any other European country where BRP delegates would participate and he would talk through video link because he lacked documents required to travel outside Switzerland.

    “I request all Baloch leaders to put their differences and other matters aside and gather in Switzerland within a month to sort out all differences.

    He said there could be differences on many issues but they could be resolved by the majority. If any party or leader does not accept the majority’s decision, the Baloch nation will decide who is responsible for disunity in ‘our ranks’.

    After achieving national unity, the BRP will accept the majority’s decision on all issues, including negotiations with the state,” he said, adding that ‘state atrocities’ could be defeated only through unity.

    Balochistan government officials have remained in contact with separatist leaders in recent months and even the chief minister has met Mr Bugti, raising hopes for a possible reconciliation.

    I request all pro-independence parties and leaders, including the BNM, BRSO, BSO-A, Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri, Nawab Mehran Marri, Sardar Bakhtiyar Domki and Mir Javed Mengal, to play their role for national unity, despite all the differences, for the sake of the Baloch nation and the sacrifices of martyrs.

    He said the BRP was a political and a democratic organisation which believed in peaceful struggle.

    “The BRP has been trying to resolve the Balochistan issue through political and peaceful means, but the Pakistani establishment and its security forces have always tried to suppress the Baloch movement at gunpoint,” he said.

    About recent reports regarding negotiations with the state, he said every movement had to come to the negotiating table at some point to achieve its goals and the BRP possessed the authority to represent the cause of the Baloch through peaceful, political means.

    [Chief Minister] Dr Malik Baloch previously made several requests for a meeting but they were rejected because he has no authority to take any decision on the contentious matters and he himself conceded in recent meetings that his role was only that of a messenger.”

    Referring to his meeting with the chief minister held in Switzerland, he said he had made it clear to the state’s representatives that negotiations were not possible as long as the atrocities in Balochistan continued.

    Mr Bugti said it was not the first time that the state had sought negotiations or the Baloch leaders had held meetings with the government’s representatives.


    Before this, Nawabzada Hairbyar held meetings with interior minister Rehman Malik during the PPP’s government and Dr Allah Nazar had also been in contact with the current CM,” he said.

    He said the BRP respected the decision of those leaders to contact the state authorities and in spite of being unaware of their agenda, had not criticised the moves with the hope that the Baloch national interest would be the priority in those communications.

    Recounting events surrounding the formation of the Baloch National Front and the BRP quitting it later, as well as meetings for unity held in Geneva last year, he said “criticising each other about past mistakes would only worsen the situation”.

    Mr Bugti said the main reason behind frustrations among the Baloch was not the state atrocities but the disunity among their leaders.

    Suppose Balochistan gets independence (which is very difficult if this crisis continues); then how would these leaders and parties lead the nation while fighting each other, as various international players will try to dominate the newborn state or its policies for their interests.

    “A glimpse of such a horrible scene has been witnessed recently as a result of a conflict between two organisations.”

    It is only possible through national unity to obtain maximum international support and recognition,
    he added.
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    Re: Pakistan - Baloch Insurgency

    Oh when will the west learn. Switzerland a good host to good terrorists.

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    Re: Pakistan - Baloch Insurgency

    Quote Originally Posted by Hariz View Post
    Oh when will the west learn. Switzerland a good host to good terrorists.

    Saeb, why are you missing the forest for the trees? the problem is not the scruples of the West, it is the scruples of Pakistan - Multiple standards in the West? sure - what's your point?? that the West are not exactly "good guys"!! - Sure, so what's your point?? - While Pakistan is not only burning but can be made to burn by some committee somewhere, you want only to say that the West are bad guys? fair enough, but now that the fingering pointing is done, is it time for Pakistanis to not keep sitting on their thumbs?? After all no amount of finger pointing at how awful the Swiss, the Wahabi or the West are, is going to solve the problem, right???? ONLY PAKISTAN can solve this problem, by taking ACTION, right??

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