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BNA commander Sarfaraz Bangulzai with his 72 companions surrender to Pakistani security forces

09:46 PM | 20 Dec, 2023
BNA commander Sarfaraz Bangulzai with his 72 companions surrender to Pakistani security forces
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QUETTA – In a major development towards restoration of peace in Balochistan, Commander of Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA) Sarfaraz Bangulzai, alias Murid Baloch, along with his 72 companions on Wednesday surrendered to the State and joined the national mainstream.

They made the announcement during a press conference here at the Sikandar Jamali Auditorium, Civil Secretariat.

Caretaker Provincial Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Captain (R) Zubair Ahmed Jamali, and Caretaker Provincial Information Minister Jan Achakzai were also present on the occasion.

“We have decided to leave the path of violence and join the national mainstream to play a constructive role in the development of the province and the country,” Bangulzai said.

“I was working in the Food Department in Balochistan, had a house and a car, and was living a comfortable life, but detracted by anti-peace elements in 2009,” he added.

Bangulzai admitted that he had committed heinous crimes “in the name of nationalism”. However, he realized that the so-called insurgent leaders were anti-peace and enemies of the country as they themselves were enjoying luxurious lives abroad.

It may be mentioned that Sarfaraz Bangulzai took over the reins of BNA after its Commander Gulzar Shambay was arrested, who later joined the national mainstream due to the positive response from the state institutions.

Shambay remained deputy to Brahamdagh Bugti in the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) till 2018, but on the creation of Baloch Raaji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) he founded a new lethal militant outfit – Baloch National Army.

For being well-connected to the hostile intelligence agencies of enemy countries, including India, Shambay remained operational head of BRAS and thus was the main character behind violence and unrest in the province.

His arrest was a serious blow for the militant groups, especially the BNA and it encouraged others, including his second-in command Sarfraz Bangulzai to surrender before the State.

Bangulzai told the news conference that Indian’s intelligence agencies were responsible for the unrest in Balochistan.

“India is behind all sabotage activities and every act of terror in the province,” he said, urging the youth to shun violence and join the peace process for the development and prosperity of the country in general and Balochistan in particular.

He regretted for being involved in terror acts on the pretext of so-called of nationalism. However, he had a change of heart when he observed the luxurious lifestyles of self-proclaimed nationalist leaders.

He said that during the last 20 years, the so-called nationalist outfits killed thousands of innocent Baloch people. He had some disagreement with the leadership on certain issues, particularly terror acts, and thus was sidelined, he added.

Bangulzai deplored that women were being used as a weapon in the so- called rights movements, which was totally against the Baloch traditions.

He appealed to the State to welcome the disgruntled Baloch people who wanted to quit violence and join the national mainstream .

It may be recalled that Sarfaraz Bangulzai was a junior clerk in the Food Department. He remained President of All Balochistan Clerks Association Quetta Division in 2007 and Chairman of All Balochistan Clerks Association in 2008.

Earlier, Minister Jan Achakzai called for the inclusion of disgruntled Baloch individuals in the national mainstream.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 22, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
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Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
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Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
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New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
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