More than 300 separatist militants have surrendered over past few months: Pakistan

Vastavam web: More than 300 Baloch separatist militants have surrendered over the past few months, Pakistani government officials said, after a ceremony to mark the downing of guns and militants’ return to civilian life.More than 300 Baloch separatist militants have surrendered over the past few months, Pakistani government officials said, after a ceremony to mark the downing of guns and militants’ return to civilian life.
“I will hug all that who believe in integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan but will not tolerate (those) who will challenge the writ of the State,” Zehri said at the ceremony on Saturday.Pakistani government officials say about 2,000 militants have surrendered over the past 18 months. In April, the government held a similar ceremony where about 400 militants handed over their guns.Under the agreement, foot soldiers are given 500,000 rupees ($4,700) and the top-level commanders receive about 1 million rupees ($9,500) to help them and their families build a life after militancy.
Baluchistan’s government and the powerful army, which has a huge say in the running of Pakistan’s poorest province, tout the amnesties as an effective way to reduce the power of separatists who accuse Islamabad of exploiting Baluchistan.Pakistan’s desire to dismantle the insurgencies has grown in urgency amid vast Chinese investment from Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure splurge. China has frequently urged Pakistan to improve security, especially in Baluchistan.