Brahumdagh Bugti Denies Filing Asylum Application in India, Says Focus on Switzerland Case
New Delhi, Nov 23: Exiled Pakistani national Brahumdagh Bugti, who has been at the forefront of the Baloch movement against Pakistan, on Thursday refuted reports that said he had applied for a political asylum in India in 2016. Speaking to news agency ANI, Brahumdagh Bugti said he didn’t file any written application for asylum in India and he is only concentrating on his ongoing case in Switzerland.
“I only met and discussed, all verbal,” Brahumdagh Bugti said when asked if he actually filed any papers as reported or if it was just a meeting at the Consulate. Media reports suggested that Bugti had, on September 19, 2016, formally asked the Indian government to grant him an asylum and Indian nationality so that he could live in India and move around the world to campaign against Pakistan. The report was later denied by the Indian Government and Bugti’s Baloch Republican Party (BRP).
“I am right now only focussing on my case in Switzerland because now if I leave it like that, it would mean I am agreeing what the Swiss think about us. I will prove that Pakistan is wrong and Switzerland will regret it. We are thinking to challenge it in a European court,” said Bugti, the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed by Pakistan forces 10 years ago.
On being asked about Brahumdagh Bugti’s asylum application, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), also said he wasn’t aware of any such request. “I am not aware of any such application, so I can’t answer the question,” the MEA official told media.
The Switzerland government on Wednesday rejected the asylum application of Brahumdagh Bugti. The development came on a day when a Pakistan court ordered UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed to be freed after about 10 months of house arrest, citing lack of evidence against him. After the Swiss rejected his asylum application, Bugti tweeted, “I am still the most wanted person in Pakistan while top terrorists like Osama Bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed were being protected & facilitated by the Pakistan Army. Switzerland must consider these facts before considering Pakistani allegations against us.”