LONDON: Switzerland rejected on Wednesday the request of exiled leader of the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRP) leader Brahumdagh Bugti to seek political asylum after more than seven years.
On January 16 last year, Baloch and Swiss sources had claimed that the asylum application of the outlawed BRP leader Brahamdagh Bugti has been turned down by the Switzerland immigration authorities. The BRP reacted with fury and said that the report was “propaganda” against the exiled Baloch leader.
But Brahumdagh himself and the BRP officials accept that the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti had asked the Swiss immigration authorities to make a decision on his case but he was informed at the start of this year that his case “remains in the process” and “no time frame” can be given.
Bugti alleges that the Switzerland government is under pressure to not grant him citizenship status, enabling him to get the Swiss passport for travel.
On Septmber 19, 2016, it was reported that Brahumdagh Bugti had formally asked the Indian government to give him asylum and Indian nationality so that he could live in India and move around the world to campaign against Pakistan.
In a world exclusive, Geo News had revealed on 15th September that Brahumdagh Bugti was set to apply for Indian citizenship and a deal had been reached between the banned BRP leader and the Indian government.
The Indian government and the BRP, however, had denied the report, but, just four days later, the news turned out to be correct and Brahumdagh officially announced today that he would apply for Indian citizenship for himself and his family.
Geo News had reported that Brahumdagh Bugti has been in touch with the Indian establishment for a long time now but the full-fledged cover was blown last month by none other than Narendra Modi himself, confirming Pakistan’s view that India has been sponsoring violent terrorist groups in Pakistan including Balochistan.
In another press conference, Brahumdagh Bugti announced that he has been given a go-ahead by his party leaders to apply for asylum in India for himself and his family.
“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 in Geneva.