200 Baloch insurgents lay down arms in Turbat

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Militants (L) from the band organization Baloch Liberation Army and United Baloch Army, hand over their weapons and surrender to Chieftain of Marri tribe and provincial minister Nawab Changaiz Marri (R) during a surrender ceremony in Quetta on October 29, 2015. A total of 23 militants belonging to Marri tribe have surrendered to authorities with weapons in Quetta, the capital of Pakistanís restive southwestern province of Balochistan. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN

QUETTA : As many as 200 separatist militants, including 15 commanders, renounced violence and laid down their arms on Thursday at a ceremony held at FC Headquarters Turbat on Thursday.

Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa were chief guests of the ceremony.

The separatists announced submitting to the writ of the state and becoming part of the national mainstream, according to an official press release.

Earlier Switzerland had rejected the request of the exiled leader of the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Brahumdagh Bugti to seek political asylum after more than seven years, after imposing lifetime entry ban on the prominent exiled Baloch leader and Bugti’s brother-in-law, Mehran Marri.

A source in the Swiss government confirmed that Brahumdagh Bugti’s asylum application was turned down because of his links with “incidents of terrorism, violence and militant activities” and the rejection letter clearly sets out these allegations.

Bugti confirmed that his asylum application has been rejected by the Swiss government on the basis of allegations that he has links with the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA).

Orignally published by INP

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