High profile militant leader Shambay pleads mercy, asks followers to surrender to state.

QUETTA -- Gulzar Imam Shambay, the founder and head of banned Baloch National Army (BNA), Tuesday pleaded for mercy and asked his followers to give up arms and surrender to the state.

The most high profile militant leader, who was arrested in one of the most complex intelligence operations involving various geographical locations, urged the disgruntled Baloch people to leave their "armed rebellion" and better join the national mainstream to work for the development and prosperity of Balochistan and the country.

The BNA leader was presented before the media by Balochistan Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Ziaullah Langu during a press conference.

The minister briefly informed the media about how the BNA leader was arrested by the security agencies.

The BNA leader refused to remain a pawn of the hostile agencies, saying the state like a mother would give him and other militants to come into its fold giving them a chance to reform and become responsible citizens instead of continuing the so-called "fight for rights".

Shambay said he remained involved in militancy for the last 15 years, aimed at, though wrongly, protecting the Baloch people, and was arrested a few days ago.

He said during his captivity, he had meetings and discussions with the Baloch elders and came to the conclusion that the people's rights could be achieved only through constitutional and political means.

Shambay said taking up arms was his big blunder as it was the wrong path to achieve the goals. The "armed rebellion" had rather worsened the situation for the people of Balochistan, by increasing their problems.

"Some inimical forces have been using the disgruntled elements as a pressure group, causing harm to the Baloch people and resultantly the Balochistan province has become a victim of degradation and backwardness', he said

Replying to a question, he said every country had its own interests. No one could deny the geographical importance of Balochistan and those people involved in anti-state activities were getting support from hostile agencies, he added.

According to sources of the security forces, the BNA militant leader was born in Paroom, District Panjgur, in 1978. He worked as a contractor, and correspondent of a local newspaper before joining terrorist group in 2009.

He remained deputy to Brahamdagh Bugti in Baloch Republican Army (BRA) till 2018 and later, after the creation of Baloch Raj Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), he formed his own militant outfit Baloch National...

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