12 suspected militants held after Gilgit-Baltistan raids

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani forces arrested 12 suspected militants and seized weapons and ammunition during raids in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Balochistan, Dawn reported Wednesday (January 18).

The 12 suspects, all nabbed in GB, were affiliated with the separatist Balawaristan National Front and participated in anti-state activities, GB Inspector General of Police Zafar Iqbal Aiwan said.

Police seized numerous firearms from the suspects and uncovered an Rs. 300 to 350 million (US $2.8 to $3.3 million) money trail linked to purchases of weapons and properties, he said.

In Pashin District, Balochistan, the Frontier Corps found a buried weapon cache, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The weapons belonged to the Balochistan Liberation Army, ISPR added.

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