US declares Pakistan Baluchi separatists terrorist group

Pakistani security personnel stand outside the Chinese consulate after one of the attacks carried out by Baluchi separatists in Karachi. (AFP)

The United States has declared Pakistan’s separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army organization a terrorist group and says it will seek to deny it resources for planning and carrying out attacks.

The State Department announced the decision on Tuesday.

It says the Baluchistan Liberation Army is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians mainly in southwest Pakistan.

It says the group carried out a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Baluchistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack on a luxury hotel in the port town of Gwadar.

Baluchistan has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59