Pakistan announced a ban on six organizations operating in the restive southwest and froze their assets on Wednesday, interior minister Rehman Malik said.
“Today six of them have been proscribed. They will not be allowed to undertake any activity, their offices will be closed and action will be taken against their office bearers,” Malik told reporters.
“Their bank accounts have also been seized,” said Malik, speaking in Quetta, where a suicide bomber killed 59 people on Friday.
The banned groups are the Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Balochistan Liberation United, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Malik said.
Malik said any organisation using the terms “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) in Balochistan would also face a ban.