Baloch leader Bugti seeks asylum in India; Pakistan irked
Bugti, founder-president of the Baloch Republican Party, has made requests which are being considered by the government with due regard to possibility of formation of government-in-exile of Independent Balochistan. He is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader killed by the Pakistan Army in 2006.
“We have asked Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) to provide an assessment on how many Balochs living in exile will follow Bugti to India. Accordingly we will decide on the place where he will be asked to stay,” a senior Home Ministry official said who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reports Hindustan Times.
On the other side, Pakistan has strongly opposed India’s consideration of giving asylum to Bugti, calling him a terrorist sponsored and supported by India’s secret agency, the Research and Analysis wing.
The Ministry of External Affairs had forwarded Bugti’s application to the Home Ministry to make the final call, which in turn is looking for suitable living options for Balochs to make them feel at home.
In the past, India had faced irk of China when it decided to give asylum to Tibetan Leader, the Dalai Lama. “We have one such past experience when Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, along with his followers, sought political asylum in India in 1959 and formed a government-in-exile in Dharamshala. Officials of the home ministry are looking at the process followed then,” said the official, reports Hindustan Times. Pakistan is following the lead of Irked China on the subject of political asylum in India.
While speaking at the European Institute of Asian Studies in Brussels, Advisor to the Pakistan PM on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz accused India as a sponsor of terrorist campaigns in Pakistan to foment separatist movements. Pakistan has already started to accuse India as a supporter of Terrorism, and the move to support Burti is a tease to already angry Pakistan.