70 BRA militants surrender weapons in Quetta


QUETTA: At least 70 militants and a commander of a banned outfit surrendered their weapons to the government on Tuesday.

The militants and the commander from the proscribed Balochistan Republican Army surrendered during a ceremony attended by Nawab Changez Marri, Senator Sarfraz Bugti, Senator Anwarul Haq Kakar and Brigadier Tasawwur.

During the ceremony, the militant commander appealed to other militants to lay down their weapons saying the war that they were waging against the state at behest of leaders sitting abroad was futile.

Earlier on Sept 18, 265 militants had surrendered their weapons as part of the ongoing political reconciliation in Balochistan.

In August 2017, 12 militants from the Baloch Republican Party (BRA) surrendered themselves to security forces in Noshki area of the province.

The reconciliation process started under the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism and has borne fruitful results in the restive province, officials say. Militants who give up violence have been offered cash support and jobs to help them lead a violence-free life.