Quetta: Baluchistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti has said that there are reports that Baluchistan Liberation Front (BLF) Chief Dr Allah Nazar Baloch has been killed.

He was addressing a press conference in Quetta today.

The provincial home minister said, "According to unverified reports Dr Allah Nazar has been killed.  I say unverified because we have not yet received any evidence of his being alive ever since the Frontier Corps conducted a series of operations. There has been no human intelligence, no sign of life."

The security forces in an operation in Dalbandin, have also arrested seven terrorists belonging to various banned outfits in Baluchistan.

He said the security forces also destroyed the communication centre being used by the terrorists. This centre was situated at the top of a hill.

Sarfraz Bugti said it has been disclosed that the terrorists used mobile phone SIMs of Afghanistan, India and various European countries. The separatist leader's killing has been rumored since July 18 this year, when security forces conducted an operation in Baluchistan’s Awaran district.

Dr Allah Nazar, the leader of the Baloch Liberation Front belonged to a middle-class family from Mashkay in the Awaran district. He is the only leader of the main insurgent groups who is engaged in fighting on the ground in Baluchistan. The BLF has previously claimed responsibility for the murder of 20 labourers in Turbat on April 11. The group's area of operations stretches largely across Awaran, Panjgur, Washuk, Turbat and Gwadar districts in southern Baluchistan.

 Following the earthquake in Awaran in late 2013, the Army has made considerable headway in accessing parts of the district that were hitherto ‘no-go areas’ due to risk of insurgent attacks.