Over 100 Baluch militants surrender in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say more than 100 Baluch militants have surrendered

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than a hundred Baluch militants have surrendered to Pakistani security forces, officials said on Sunday.

Nearly 60 militants, including two commanders announced on Sunday that they would end militant activities.

Another 47 militants had surrendered on Saturday.

"These people were in fact misled by the anti-state elements who are being funded by foreign spy agencies," a senior Pakistani official said.

The Pakistani government gave amnesty to the rebels, AFP reported.

They are reported to be members of Baluch Republican Army (BRA), Baluch National Movement (BNM), and Lashkare-e-Baluchistan (Army of Baluchistan).

Baluch rebels fight against the Pakistani state for decades, demanding the independence of Baluchistan, a resource-rich region bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

The separatist conflict was revived in 2004 as Baluch rebels stirred up demands to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region's natural resources and alleged rights abuses.

Baluchistan is Pakistan's poorest region with roughly 9 million population.

TRTWorld and agencies