Over 400 militants surrender in Pakistan's Quetta
Xinhua, April 21, 2017 Adjust font size:
At least 434 militants have layed down arms in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Friday, local media reported.
The Geo TV said that a ceremony was held in Balochistan assembly to mark the inclusion of the militants in the national mainstream.
Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, senior army officers, provincial ministers and other government officials attended the ceremony.
The militants belonged to different groups including Baloch Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Army, and different districts of the province.
Addressing the ceremony, Zehri said that the provincial government will provide all possible support to those laying down arms.
"It is our national and moral obligation," he said.
He said that extremist elements used innocent people of the province to kill other innocent people.
Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said that so far over 1,500 militants have surrendered. Endit