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founder of baloch national army gulzar imam aka shambay arrested

Founder of Baloch National Army Gulzar Imam aka Shambay arrested

RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD: The security officials arrested founder of Baloch National Army Gulzar Imam aka Shambay in a high-profile and successful intelligence operation.

The Inter-Services Public Relations, media wing of the military, announced the arrest of a high-value target today.

Gulzar Imam has been a hardcore militant and the founder and leader of the banned militant outfit BNA. He formed the Baloch National Army with the amalgamation of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and United Baloch Army (UBA). 

The ISPR said, “BNA had been responsible for dozens of violent terrorist attacks in Pakistan including attacks on law enforcement agencies (LEAs) installations in Panjgur and Noshki.”

According to the ISPR, Gulzar Imam also remained as deputy to Brahamdagh Bugti in Baloch Republican Army (BRA) till 2018.

Gulzar was also a central figure in the formation of Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) and he remained its operational head.

“His visits to Afghanistan and India are also on the record; his linkages with hostile intelligence agencies (HIAs) are being investigated,” ISPR added.

“Gulzar has been arrested after a carefully planned and meticulously executed operation, that spanned months over various geographical locations,” the statement read.

“The arrest of Gulzar Imam Shambay is a serious blow to BNA as well as other militant groups, which have been attempting to destabilize the hard-earned peace in Balochistan.

“Apprehension of a militant leader of this stature demonstrates the capability and resolve of LEAs to uproot the menace of terrorism as well as speaks volumes about the successes garnered through supreme sacrifices of unsung heroes,” the military’s media wing said.

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