On Monday(29.06.2020), four armed personnel stormed the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi at 10 a.m. The Baloch Liberation Army later claimed responsibility of the attack and said that it had aimed to seriously maim the Pakistani economy.
Baloch Liberation Army media channel #HAKKAL released images of Majeed Brigade (Suicide Squad) members attacked Karachi stock exchange. Members of Majeed Brigade of Baloch Liberation Army who carried out self sacrificing attack on Karachi stock exchange. Tasleem Baloch alias Muslim, Shehzad Baloch alias Cobra, Salman Hammal alias Notak, Siraj Kungur alias Yaagi.
The Pakistani rupee depreciated by 0.3% against the US dollar, settling at 167.6. The rupee had been sustaining a constant drop in the past five weeks against the American dollar. The Stock Exchange attack in Karachi on Monday exacerbated the drop resultantly, the rupee hit an all-time low value against the dollar.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) is a Baloch ethnonationalist militant organization fighting against the Pakistani government for greater regional autonomy for the province of Balochistan.The group seeks independence from Pakistan and to rid the region from foreign exploitation and intervention. The BLA strives for the creation of a sovereign state of Greater Balochistan, which would include Pakistan, Iranian and Afghanistan Balochistan territories.
The leadership pattern of BLA is as below:
Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri : Khair Bakhsh Marri was involved with the 1970’s insurgency in Balochistan and has been called “the godfather” of the Baloch armed movement. He was a key figure in the BLA until he died from natural causes in June 2014.
Brahamdagh Khan Bugti : Brahamdagh Bugti was an alleged BLA leader. He is most known for calling for the killing of all non-native residents of Balochistan in a live television interview. The Pakistani government alleged that Brahamdagh Bugti helped bring back the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) after leaving the BLA.
Bijar Khan: Bijar Khan was an alleged leader of the BLA. He was killed in a government raid that took place in July 2015.
Aslam “Achu”: An alleged chief of a subgroup of BLA, Aslam was responsible for the 2018 Chinese consulate attack. The BLA confirmed that Aslam died in a suicide attack in December 2018.