Exiled leader Brahamdagh Bugti, heading the movement in Balochistan, on Tuesday approached the Indian Embassy in Geneva, seeking asylum and exuded confidence of a positive response from New Delhi.
Bugti, who is leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP), said he held talks with top Indian diplomats about his asylum as well as that of a number of other Baloch leaders currently staying in Balochistan, Afghanistan and in some other countries.
“I went to the Indian embassy and held talks with Indian officials about it (asylum). I am confident that something positive will come out,” Bugti said but refused to share any details as the matter was very sensitive.
The exiled leader is the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, who was killed by Pakistani forces 10 years ago.
Bugti said India’s encouragement to the Baloch movement means a lot for his people and that in the meeting, various aspects of the entire issue were discussed.
“I am thankful to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the issue of Balochistan in his Independence Day speech. It is a very good move. We are hopeful of India’s continued support,” he said.
Bugti, who currently lives in exile in Switzerland, will file the asylum application at the country’s embassy within next few days.
“We have decided to formally file asylum papers to Indian government soon. We will follow the legal process for the application,” he said.
On Monday, the Baloch leader had appealed to India to come out with a policy initiative so that people facing “atrocities” in Balochistan can come and 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)”.
Bugti had gone into exile in Afghanistan after the death of Akbar Bugti in 2006. The Pakistani government had pressured Afghanistan to extradite him following which Bugti shifted to Switzerland in 2010. He had reportedly survived multiple attempts on his life in Afghanistan.