US designates Balochistan Liberation Army as terrorist organisation

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/4/2019 10:27:51 AM

WASHINGTON July 3 (Agencies): The United States has designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a terrorist organisation, blaming it for carrying out several attacks in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan.
A statement released by the US Department of State read, “The Department of State has designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Hizballah operative Husain Ali Hazzima as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Additionally, the Department of State has amended the terrorist designations of Jundallah to reflect the group's new primary name Jaysh al-Adl and associated aliases.”
“These aliases have been added to the group's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and as an SDGT under E.O. 13224. The Department has also reviewed and maintained the FTO designation of Jundallah. Today's actions seek to deny Hazzima, BLA, and Jaysh al-Adl the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks,” it added.
Husain Ali Hazzima is the Chief of Hizballah Unit 200. Hizballah was designated as an FTO in 1997 and as an SDGT in 2001.
Unit 200 is the Intelligence Unit of Hizballah, and it analyses and assesses the information collected by Hizballah military units.
The BLA is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan. The outfit has carried out several terrorist attacks in the past year, including a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Balochistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack against a luxury hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan, the release read.



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