World Bulletin / News Desk
Ten Baluch separatists were killed, and three security personnel injured in a clash between security forces and Baluch separatists following a military operation in Panjgur district of southwestern Baluchistan province on Monday, officials said.
The clash erupted in the Panjgur district, considered a stronghold of outlawed Baluch separatist groups, Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA), and Baluchistan Liberation Front (BLF). Security forces launched a search operation in the area located some 500 kilometers off Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan that borders Iran and Afghanistan.
“The security forces have destroyed three key bases of insurgents in the mountains of Panjgur,” Abdul Wasey Khan, a Frontier Constabulary (FC) spokesman - a paramilitary force who maintain law and order in Baluchistan, told Anadolu Agency.
Wasey said the deceased belonged to the BLA, and other outlawed organizations.
The government forces have been facing a fierce rebellion from Baluch separatists in Baluchistan for 66 years, an area approximately the size of Italy rich in copper, gold, and natural gas. Secular Baluch separatists who have been fighting for the cessation of Baluchistan claim that the mineral-rich province had forcibly been incarcerated into Pakistan at the time of the partition of India in August 1947.
The ongoing wave of insurgency was triggered following the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, a veteran Baluch politician, and a former governor and chief minister of the province in a military operation launched on the orders of former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf is currently facing trial for Bugti’s murder.Last Mod: 05 Mayıs 2014, 14:34