The Home Ministry of India on Thursday received Baloch Republican Paty leader Brahumdagh Bugti’s application for asylum in India. Earlier last week, Bugti had approached the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva to file the application papers for asylum in India.
The exiled Baloch leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) who was heading the movement in Balochistan had previously approached the Indian Embassy in Geneva to seek asylum in India. Speaking on that matter, the BRP leader, Bugti, said that he has held talks with the 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.
Earlier, the Baloch leader said, “There’s heavy deployment of Army & FC in Quetta. It’s impossible for our political parties to carry out activities openly. People are frustrated; nobody wants to stay with Pakistan. There are just few people who’ve been threatened or bribed to stay with government.”
A senior government official on Thursday confirmed that the Home Ministry has received Bugti’s request for an Indian ID card and travel papers.
The report had suggested that the talks of a citizenship in India had been going on even before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the Balochistan issue in his Independence Day address. The Ministry of External Affairs of India, though, had denied these reports and said that no such decision had been taken yet. Bugti had also denied any such reports.