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Over 60 pro-Taliban militants surrender in Pak

world Updated: Jun 11, 2010 00:44 IST

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Sixty-four pro-Taliban militants, including five commanders, on Thursday surrendered to the security forces in Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said.

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 Mamond sub-division.

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.