Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti seeks asylum in India, will file papers soon

On Monday, Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, founder and leader (in exile) of the Baloch Republican Party decided to announce that he would file an application for asylum to India. The party met in Geneva to take a decision on the issue and briefed the media afterwards. It was announced that the BRP will file criminal cases against the Pakistani army generals at the international criminal court in The Hague.

The party will also approach India, Afghanistan or Bangladesh to file case against China at the International Court of Justice.

Speaking to journalists, Bugti said, "We have decided that we will formally file asylum papers to Indian Govt. We will start work on it right away. We expect all kind of help from India."

Abdul Bugti, Baloch representative, told CNN-News18, "We are going to take help from countries like India and Bangladesh."

"We are expecting all kind of help from India: Diplomatic help, moral support. They have highligted the issue in the UN. We hope India also highlights the issue in the UN General Assembly," he said.

Talking to Times Now after the meeting, Brahumdagh Bugti said, "We will go ahead with the help of legal advisors on seeking asylum."

When asked whether they will stage a protest in New York during the meet between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US president Barack Obama at the United Nations General Assembly, Brahumdagh Bugti said, "We don't have a big population there. But we do have a few people there. They will do a small demonstration, but they are too little in number. They will try in their maximum capacity to highlight Baloch pride."

When asked about Balochistan's expectations from India now that India has declared Paksitan as a terrorist state in light of the Uri attack, he said, "I will request India that they are aware of the Balochistan situation and hence they are responsible for it."

As pointed out in an earlier Firstpost article, this announcement is an important diplomatic matter for India. If India decides to provide asylum to Brahumdagh Bugti, then he will go on to become second person to get asylum after Dalai Lama.

After the party meet, Baloch activists who arrived from all over Europe staged protests and demonstration in Geneva outside United Nation's offices.

Brahumdagh is the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, who died in a military operation in Balochistan in 2006.

Earlier, Brahumdagh Bugti told CNN-News18 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," he said.

Updated Date: Sep 19, 2016 16:07 PM