Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti to seek asylum in India

Bugti, who spoke to Indian embassy officials on Monday over telephone from Geneva, has been living in Geneva for the last six years, and his application for political asylum in Switzerland is “pending with the Swiss authorities”.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 2:47 am
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Brahumdagh Bugti, who is leading the Baloch movement against Pakistan while living in exile in Switzerland, is planning to go to the Indian embassy in Berne on Tuesday to seek political asylum. India, which does not have an asylum policy, is non-committal so far on his proposed application.

Bugti, who spoke to Indian embassy officials on Monday over telephone from Geneva, has been living in Geneva for the last six years, and his application for political asylum in Switzerland is “pending with the Swiss authorities”.

“This (seeking political asylum in India) was the decision of the central committee of the Baloch Republican Party, which has 17 members. Today, we had a meeting of the central committee in Geneva — which was attended by six members in person and another six over Skype. The remaining members could not join since calls and internet of our leaders are monitored in Pakistan,” Bugti told The Indian Express.

The six members who attended the meeting had come from the UK and Germany. Government sources said they would examine Bugti’s application, if and when it comes. “Right now, we have not taken a decision…it will be a political call, after studying the implications,” said a source.

Bugti, grandson of slain Baloch leader Akbar Bugti, went into exile in Afghanistan after the death of his grandfather in 2006. He moved to Switzerland in 2010 and has been living there since. The leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) also said his party would approach the International Criminal Court against former and current Pakistani Army Generals, including Pervez Musharraf, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Raheel Sharif, besides ISI top brass for the atrocities on people of Balochistan.

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Bugti said his party would seek the help of India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to file a case against China at the International Court of Justice, saying Beijing was “involved” along with Pakistan in unleashing violence on Baloch people.

He also appealed to India to come out with a policy initiative so that people facing “atrocities” in Balochistan can feel secure in India. He said many more Baloch leaders may seek asylum in India and added “we will see who all will need asylum (in India)”.

The move comes after weeks of deliberations within the Baloch refugee community across the world, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the Balochistan issue twice last month — first at the all-party meeting and at his Independence Day speech.

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    Am.I.Right
    Sep 20, 2016 at 1:50 am
    Modiot has just opened a Pandora's box. He is the most Stupidest ever as a leader. Even Muhammed Bin Tuglak was a genius compared to Modiot. Like in any other field Brahmin Buggers do not have experience in the covert operations of raising an insurgent army. But they are very good in other filthy things. Every human living inIndian has first hand experience. They should better do their WORLDS OLDEST PROFESSION!
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      MyTake
      Sep 19, 2016 at 9:56 pm
      [He also appealed to India to come out with a policy initiative so that people facing “atrocities” in Balochistan can feel secure in India. He said many more Baloch leaders may seek asylum in India and added “we will see who all will need asylum (in India)”.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Welcome step and is in right direction. Baloch people have suffered long enough and there has to be an end to it.
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        Rajesh
        Sep 20, 2016 at 4:38 am
        India should help Baloch to destroy stan into pieces.
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          Ashirwad patil
          Sep 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm
          Baluchistan is forcefully taken away by stan. For last 70 years Baloch peoples are torchured by stan Army. For the first time India has raised this issue. Terrorism is initiating from stan. To end terrorism stan should be divided into pieces. That is going to happened today or tomorrow. Bugti should be given asylum in India. India should help Baloch People should be help because they were part of India at One time. Actually stan also was a part of India.
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            Kolsat
            Sep 20, 2016 at 4:47 am
            India should immediately withdraw the MFN status it has given stan and stani businesses suffer. Stop the smuggling of stani goods into India and confiscate the property of anyone found with stani goods. Similarly completely destroy the home of any Kashmiri terrorist as they do in Israel to the Palestinian terrorists.
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              ah
              Sep 20, 2016 at 3:28 am
              ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Hey MODI , Bugti eats Cow and he is a Muslim ................... so now Cow eating Muslims are welcome???? ................ in that case start giving Visas to Baluchis .........
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                ah
                Sep 20, 2016 at 3:27 am
                Hey MODI , Bugti eats Cow and he is a Muslim ................... so now Cow eating Muslims are welcome???? ................ in that case start giving Visas to Baluchis .........
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