ISLAMABAD- Frontier Corps Commander in Dera Bugti Col Shazul Haq Janjua has said about 700 Baloch militants have so far laid down arms before the army at Dera Bugti in response to the government offer for general amnesty and rehabilitation.

Talking to BBC Urdu programme, he said about 40 militants, all residents of Dera Bugti and Sui, had laid down arms this year in Dera Bugti. He pointed out that all the militants who had surrendered were from Baloch Republican Army, a Baloch separatist outfit. “They have confessed to launching several attacks on security forces and state installations. However, they have been pardoned under the government policy for their rehabilitation to reintegrate them into normal life. Financial assistance is also being extended to them in connection with their rehabilitation,” he said.

Responding to a question if any assurance had been given to them for their protection against any prospective threat following their surrender to army, he said no implications would ensue. “You are also watching the events on TV now and they don’t constitute even one percent of the entire Balochistan. When I watch TV it seems to me as if I am sitting in Switzerland,” he held. 

The FC commander said these militants had surrendered before the army on their own. “We assist the Balochistan government in the rehabilitation of these militants. We help them in admission of their children to schools. A sum of Rs 10,000 is disbursed among them by the district administration every month,” he added. He observed, “They are poor people and someone sponsors them and instigates them to go for insurgency. But this tendency is now going to end and only 100 people are left behind.”  It may be recalled that the Balochistan government has been passing through a phase of chaos and disorder since long.

 The provincial government had recently announced general amnesty and offered to provide financial assistance for rehabilitation of Baloch militants under Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan. But the separatists’ outfits of Balochistan have been rejecting such claims. As per human rights organizations, on the other side, attacks on security forces and state installations, mysterious disappearances of people and recovery of mutilated bodies are still continuing.  In accordance with an annual report from Commission for Human Rights, the government officials had confirmed recovery of 125 defaced bodies till October, 2012, but sources say the number of such bodies is far larger.