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Repentant Baluch separatist group founder Gulzar Imam says ‘armed war’ complicated province’s problems

Founder of banned Balo­ch National Army Gulzar Imam alias Shambay addresses a press conference in Quetta on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
Founder of banned Balo­ch National Army Gulzar Imam alias Shambay addresses a press conference in Quetta on Monday. — DawnNewsTV

Founder of banned Balo­ch National Army Gulzar Imam alias Shambay, who was arrested by security forces last month, expressed on Monday remorse over taking up arms and said the fight for Baluchistan’s rights was only possible in a constitutional and political manner.

Imam — whose arrest was described by the military as a major counter-terrorism achievement against separatist insurgency in Balochistan — repented his past actions and urged other insurgents to lay down arms while addressing a press conference in Quetta alongside Balochistan Home Minister Zia Langove and Senator Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai.

Imam began by introducing himself as the native of a village located in the Panjgur district of Baluchistan, saying he had been actively involved in the armed insurgency in the province for the past 15 years.

“I spent a long time being a part of that insurgency, and I have faced all kinds of situations,” he said, adding that as a Baloch, “my objective is to protect the rights of my people, national language and area”.

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