Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti to file for asylum in India


Balochistan Republican Party leader Brahamdagh Bugti on Monday said that he will apply for political asylum in India. “We have decided that we will formally file asylum papers to Indian Govt. We will start work on it right away. Will go to Indian embassy and will follow the legal process,” said Bugti adding that he will call Indian embassy for an appointment.

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The news comes at a time Pakistan is being cornered by India for its involvement in terrorist attacks, including yesterday's terror strike in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Baloch Republican Party has decided to file a case against China at International Court of Justice and to do it, the party will approach India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh for help. The Baloch leader said the BRP has also decided to approach the ICJ against Pakistani Army generals.

Bugti, the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed by Pakistan forces 10 years ago, said he will file the asylum application to the Indian government through the country's embassy here soon.

"We have decided to formally file asylum papers to the Indian government soon. We will follow the legal process for the application," he told reporters here.

Bugti is currently living in exile in Switzerland. Earlier, Brahumdagh Bugti told media that people of Balochistan were living in "very terrible conditions" and that the Baloch issue got more attention after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the rights abuses there.

"After Modi's speech (on India's Independence Day) people have started talking about Balochistan," Brahumdagh Bugti said. Notably, India and Pakistan continued to trade diplomatic barbs on Saturday over Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council, with Islamabad raising the issue of "unceasing oppression" even as New Delhi hit back, saying "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is administered by a "deep state" and also raked up alleged human rights violations in Balochistan.

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