Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti asks India to grant political asylum to his people

NEW DELHI: Baloch separatist leader Brahamdagh Bugti has expressed a yearning that India to grant political asylum to the people of Balochistan.

Pakistan has been tracing all Baloch activists since they extended gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for action against Islamabad for its atrocities against the Baloch people.

The Baloch separatist leader said in an exclusive interview with the Navbharat Times, asking the Indian government to open doors for the Baloch community which has been protesting against Pakistan’s atrocities in the region said, “We need political asylum in India.”

Bugti came out all guns blazing on the country’s rhetoric on the Balochistan issue and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring the plight of Baloch community to global attention. Is saying ‘Thank you Modi ji’ a crime, Bugti asked.

The Pakistan government has also accelerated the process to obtain Interpol’s red warrants against Bugti, who currently resides in Switzerland. Bugti is the grandson of former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed during a controversial military operation in Kohlu in 2006.

Attacking Pakistan’s atrocities in Gilgit-Balochistan, Bugti said that ever since PM Modi raised the Balochistan issue in his Independence Day speech, Pakistan has been scared and acting out. “After PM Modi’s statement against the atrocities meted out to Baloch people, we see a ray of hope,” Bugti added.

Citing his sources, Bugti told Navbharat Times that the Pakistan government is using nuclear weapons on Baloch people. “Our children are dying. Considering the latest turn of events, the Indian government should grant asylum to us,” he said.

He also urged India to use force on Pakistan, if that’s what it takes to get the Baloch people out of the Pakistan’s atrocious regime. “After India’s  stand on the Balochistan issue and the international support it has garnered, Pakistan can also go to the extent of killing our entire community,” Bugti said in the interview.