United States declares Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as ‘global terrorist group’
Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) were recognized terrorists by the US after their attack on Chinese consulate.
- The US State Department classifies BLA as ‘global terrorist group’.
- The department makes it a crime for anyone in the US to assist the BLA militants.
- Anyone involved in assisting them will have their assets frozen.
- Balochistan Liberation Army terrorists have been targetting China’s Belt and Road initiative particularly.
The US classified the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a ‘global terrorist group’. Anyone who will be found linked to the organization or assisting them will have their assets frozen.
Balochistan Liberation Army “is an armed group that targets security forces and civilians, mainly in Baloch areas of Pakistan,” as the US State Department defines it.
While the organization has been active since 2004 in Balochistan against Pakistan rule, their attacks have recently been targeting Chinese investment in the country as part of the Belt and Road initiative.
Following the decision, the Foreign Office (FO) issued a statement addressing it.
“It is hoped that this designation will ensure that BLA’s space to operate is minimised,” the statement read.
“It is important that the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and external sponsors including those glorifying these acts of terror against Pakistan are held accountable and brought to justice,” it added.
While the militant group has lead several activities of such nature, the recent attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi rose them to prominence once again. Then later in May, armed men stormed inside Gwadar’s five-star hotel.
The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the terror group, stating that it was done in an attempt to resist “exploitative projects in Balochistan” because it interfered with interests of the locals.
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