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Baloch leader Bugti to seek asylum in India (Relevant for GS Paper II)

Brahamdagh Bugti to seek political asylum in India
Baloch leader, Brahamdagh Bugti, presently in Switzerland, has initiated the move to seek political asylum in India.
Mr. Bugti’s decision to seek asylum came a day after the attack in Uri, following which he had drawn attention to Pakistan’s alleged ties to terrorism.

Baloch leader had stated that India should consider supporting his quest for independence for his homeland in the way it supported the Dalai Lama and the late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh.

Who is Brahamdagh Bugti?
Brahamdagh Khan Bugti,  is the founder and leader of the Baloch Republican Party, a Baloch nationalist group. He is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, the patriarch and head of the Bugtis, the largest tribe of Balochistan. 

Akbar Bugti was killed in a police action by Pakistani in 2006 during the tenure of President Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani government accuses Brahamdagh Bugti of leading the Baloch Republican Army, a separatist group designated as a terrorist organisation in Pakistan.

Background
Brahamdagh Bugti escaped police action and travelled to Switzerland via Afghanistan on an Afghan passport. Swiss authorities had pressured him not to indulge in political activities. An Indian official document, would enable him to travel to New York and other major western cities to campaign for the liberation of Balochistan.

Mr Bugti will initiate whatever legal proceedings are necessary for fulfilling the asylum procedure. 



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