Forces apprehend banned BNA founder in IBO, ISPR

BNA carried out several brutal terrorist assaults; Imam continued to serve as Brahamdagh Bugti's deputy in BRA until 2018, report

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The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday said that a “hardcore militant” and the founder of the outlawed militant organization Baloch National Army (BNA) was detained.

The ISPR classified the detainee as a “high-value target” with possible connections to hostile intelligence services working against Pakistan.

In a statement released today, the military’s media wing stated that Gulzar Imam alias Shambay had been captured following an operation that had been conceived, carefully planned and meticulously executed, spanned over months over various geographical locations.

However, the precise location of the militant’s capture was not made clear in the statement.

News of the capture of a wanted terrorist breaks on the same day as a highly publicized National Security Committee (NSC) meeting that is presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Imam was captured in “a high profile and successful intelligence operation,” the ISPR statement said.

The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the United Baloch Army merged to form the outlawed Baloch National Army (BNA), which the military claimed was founded and led by the terrorist apprehended.

According to the report, the BNA has carried out several brutal terrorist assaults around the nation, including ones that targeted the Panjgur and Noshki law enforcement offices.

Imam continued to serve as Brahamdagh Bugti’s deputy in the BRA until 2018.

The militant, who was captured, according to the military, also played a key role in the formation of the Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) and served as its operational leader.

His travels to India and Afghanistan have also been reported, and his connections to adversarial intelligence services are being investigated, the statement continued.

It went on to say that hostile agencies also attempted to use the insurgent to harm Pakistan’s state and its national interests.

The arrest of the high-profile militant leader, according to the statement, speaks volumes about the successes garnered through the supreme sacrifices of unsung heroes and shows the capability and resolve of the LEAs to uproot the menace of terrorism.