Baloch armed organisations form umbrella organisation

Recent picture of BLA's Aslam Baloch and BLF's Dr Allah Nazar

Balochistan’s largest armed organisations form umbrella organisation

Baloch Khan appointed as the official spokesperson

In the most major development of Balochistan’s two decades long armed insurgency, the most active armed organisations have formed an umbrella organisation to unite their armies.

In a joint statement released to media on Saturday, armed organisations Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Republican Guards (BRG) announced to form an umbrella organisation, Baloch Raaji Aaajohi e Sangar (BRAS). The name of the organisation, which is in Balochi language,  means Baloch National Freedom Front.

In the statement the newly formed organisation stated: “unification and consolidation of the national strength is the only way forward to get rid of Pakistani occupation of Balochistan”.

BLA and BLF had announced on 30 October 2017 that both organisation have formed a alliance and will carry out joint attacks on Pakistani forces. BRG joined the alliance on 20th April 2018.

Since then BLA and BLF have carried out several joint attacks against Pakistani forces, the most prominent attack was in October 2018 when fighters from both organisations targeted the convoy of Pakistani Major General Saeed Ahmed Nagra. Multiple Pakistani personnel were killed in the attack.

In today’s statement BRAS said that their alliance was not hallow promises but consolidation of power was carried out in real terms. “To continue the course and move forward toward a national army, the alliance has now formed BRAS to further its activities,” the statement read.

As per the statement, the three organisations will carry out armed activities under the name of BRAS.

BRAS appointed Baloch Khan as its official spokesperson, who will be main point of contact with the media.

The statement comes only a day after BLA had released an image of Dr Allah Nazar and Aslam Baloch, who are believed to head Balochistan Liberation Front and Baloch Liberation Army respectively.