Pakistan army arrests founder of Baloch terrorist group
ISLAMABAD, April 7 (IANS) Pakistan’s military has arrested a “militant militant” and founder of the banned terrorist group the Baloch National Army (BNA), according to the media wing of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), which described the detainee as a “high value target” with links to Suspected of hostile intelligence agencies working against the country.
Dawn News quoted in a statement on Friday that “Gulzar Imam aka Chembai was arrested after an innovatively planned, carefully planned and meticulously executed operation, which stretched over months in various geographical locations.”
However, the statement did not reveal the exact location of the gunman’s arrest.
Dawn reported that a report of the arrest of a wanted terrorist appears on the same day as a high-level meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
According to an ISPR statement, the imam was captured in a “high-level and successful intelligence operation”.
The military said the captured terrorist was a hardened militant, as well as the founder and leader of the banned Afghan National Army group, which was formed after the merger of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the United Baloch Army (UBA).
It stated that the Afghan National Army had committed several violent terrorist attacks in the country, including targeting the facilities of law enforcement agencies in Bangor and Nushki.
The imam also remained the deputy of Brahamdagh Bugti in the Bougainville Revolution until 2018.
The ISPR statement added that the arrested gunman was central to the establishment of Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) and served as its chief of operations.
His visits to Afghanistan and India are also recorded, while his links to hostile intelligence agencies are being investigated.
It added that the hostile agencies also tried to exploit the militants to act against the state of Pakistan and its national interests, Dawn newspaper reported.
“The arrest of Gulzar Imam is a serious blow to the Afghan National Army as well as other armed groups, who have been trying to destabilize the hard-won peace in Balochistan,” the statement added.