Balochistan Liberation Army
|Balochistan Liberation Army|
|Participant in Balochistan conflict|
Flag of the Balochistan Liberation Army
|Leaders||Khair Bakhsh Marri|
|Allies||Baloch Liberation Front, Baloch Republican Army, Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Balochistan Liberation United Front, BSO (Azad)|
The Balochistan Liberation Army (also Baloch Liberation Army, Balochistan Liberation Army or BLA) is a separatist militant group based in Balochistan, a mountainous region of western Pakistan. The Baloch Liberation Army became publicly known during the summer of 2000, after it claimed credit for a series of bombing attacks on Pakistani authorities.
Designation as a terrorist organisation
Balochistan Liberation Army was declared a terrorist organisation in Pakistan in April 2006, after a series of attacks conducted by the group targeting security personnel, civilians and journalists. On 17 July 2006, the government of the United Kingdom listed the BLA as a "proscribed group" based on the Terrorism Act 2000. The group's actions have been described as terrorism by the United States Department of State; however, BLA itself has not been declared as a terrorist organization either by US or EU. Pakistani authorities allege that the BLA is funded by the government of India.
The Quaid-e-Azam Residency, a historical residence in Balochistan where Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent the last days of his life, was attacked by rockets on 15 June 2013. The building was heavily demolished as a result of the attack. Militants belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility. The militants also removed the flag of Pakistan from the monument site, replacing it with a BLA flag.
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