QUETTA: Thirty Baloch rebels and two commanders on Thursday surrendered to the authorities, a provincial government minister said, the latest insurgents to lay down their arms in Balochistan.
The 32 militants were from two groups, the Baloch Liberation Army and the United Baloch Army, which have long been fighting government forces.
“The militants pledged their allegiance to (the) state of Pakistan and declared that they would not take arms in future against their own country,” provincial minister Nawab Changaiz Marri said at a ceremony held in Quetta to mark the occasion. Marri, who is also chief of his Marri tribe, said the government would bring these men into the mainstream and give them jobs.
“We have been misled and asked to fight against our own country which was wrong,” said one of the two commanders, Marjan Khan, who handed over their weapons.