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Baloch separatist leader Bugti seeks asylum in India

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Brahamdagh Bugti, Baloch leader who has been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland has applied for asylum in India. “We want that the Indian Government should open the doors for Baloch people and provide them access, including myself,” said Bugti. He added that India’s intervention is important for the cause of Balochistan.

Bugti is the president of the outlawed Baloch Republican Party. His father Nawab Akbar Khan was a nationalist leader who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army a decade ago.

On August 15 this year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed Pakistan for its alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Days after PM Modi’s statement Pakistan had sped up the process of obtaining Interpol’s red warrants against the Baloch separatist leader.

Bugti had praised Modi for his remarks on Balochistan saying the reference was the “most powerful statement ” in the last seven decades. Bugti has claimed widespread human rights violations by Pakistan against the Balochistan. He hoped that when Indian Government will raise the issue in the UN, the western countries will think on it more seriously and will review their policies regarding Pakistan.

He claimed that after PM Modi’s statement Pakistan has intensified its operations in Balochistan and it is abducting children and women especially in Dera Bugti and Turbat. Bugti said the Indian people know about the Balochistan problems and asked for support.