Two dozen militants belonging to the Baloch Republican Army laid down their arms before the Pakistani security forces Friday.
According to Balochistan media reports, Hasil Khan Bugti, aka Wadera Bugti, along with 23 of his comrades have renounced terrorism and surrendered their weapons to the Inspector General of Frontier Corps.
The B.R.A. is led by Switzerland-based Brahumdagh Bugti, 32, one of the grandsons of former Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. Nawab Bugti was killed on the orders of military coup leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf, after he resisted the construction of an army garrison in Dera Bugti.
Bugti along with Sher Mohammed Bugti and few other comrades are said to be directing the B.R.A. operations from Switzerland, even though their asylum applications are still under process.
According to sources contacted by this correspondent in Geneva, the Swiss authorities are likely to ask Brahumdagh Bugti and his comrades to leave Switzerland if they continue with their terror attacks in Balochistan.
These sources in Geneva told this correspondent that Bruna Molina, an international human rights law expert who teaches at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Affairs and who had helped Brahumdagh Bugti’s shift to Geneva, is said to be extremely concerned. She had advised Brahumdagh Bugti to shun politics if he wants to live in Switzerland.
In recent times, the B.R.A. has shifted its focus of activities to Mekran and was allegedly involved in sabotaging development activities like building of colleges and hospitals.
Sher Mohammed Bugti, who is the spokesperson for both the Balochistan Republican Party, and who is also widely suspected of being the main spokesperson for the Baloch Republican Army in an SMS, contradicted the surrender report. He said, "It is disinformation of the I.S.I. to confuse the the international community and Baloch nation."
Brahumdagh Bugti got asylum in Switzerland after a complex and long drawn process.