Islamabad: Sixty-four pro-Taliban
militants, including five commanders, today surrendered to the
security forces in Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan,
The surrender of the militants from different areas of
Bajaur Agency was arranged by a jirga or council of the Mamond
tribe, officials of the local political administration said.
The militants promised to lead a peaceful life and not
to indulge in "anti-state activities".
They also said they would extend full cooperation to
the security forces in their efforts to counter militancy.
In a separate development, security forces seized a
cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in
Lt Col Ali Naqvi said the cache included 135
Kalashnikovs, 55 rocket launchers, 40 artillery shells, 25
remote-controlled bombs and a huge quantity of explosives.