New Delhi, Sept 22: The Home Ministry has received Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti’s application for political asylum in India and the matter is under the government’s consideration, an official source said on Thursday. Bugti applied at the Indian consulate in Geneva earlier this week for asylum in India and the application was routed to the Home Ministry through the Exterl Affairs Ministry. The Home Ministry officials are examining all pros and cons of the issue, including tracking files related to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s asylum way back in 1959.
The Dalai Lama was granted asylum in the late fifties more as a “spiritual leader”, officials said. There are some legal issues related to the asylum in India as things are not well defined.
India has not signed the 1951 United tions Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees.
Even Bangladeshi writer Taslima sreen has been living in India since the mid-90s under an annually renewable long-term visa after the backlash in Bangladesh over her book ‘Lajja’.
Bugti, founder-President of the Baloch Republican Party, fled Pakistan in 2010 and has been staying in Geneva. Asked why he was seeking asylum in India, Bugti said: “I am uble to move from Switzerland, which is frustrating. Being a representative of my people I need to sit in intertiol forums, especially in the US, and discuss our issues with the lawmakers and Congressmen there to expose the real face of Pakistan.”
In his August 15 Independence Day speech, Prime Minister rendra Modi had raised the Balochistan issue to attack Pakistan’s alleged human right violations and use of force.
Brahumdagh Bugti is the grandson of wellknown Baloch leader and head of Bugti tribe, wab Akbar Bugti. (IANS)