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Baloch leader Bugti approaches Permanent Mission of India in Geneva to file asylum papers

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 September 2016, 16:25 IST

Separatist Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) leader Brahamdagh Bugti has announced that he plans to apply for political asylum in India. He has approached the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva to file asylum papers.

The BRP leader is currently living in exile in Switzerland. He has been asked by the Permanent Mission of India (Geneva) to approach the Embassy of India in Bern (Switzerland) for the same.

"We have decided that we will formally file asylum papers to the Indian government. We will start work on it right away. Will go to the Indian embassy and will follow the legal process," The Indian Express quoted Bugti as saying.

"Will take China to the International Court of Justice with the help of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India," he told the daily.

After a meeting in Geneva, the BRP briefed the media and said it would file criminal cases at the International Criminal Court in Hague against Pakistani army generals. They have also decided to approach India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh to file cases against China in the International Court of Justice.

"We have decided that we will formally file asylum papers to Indian Govt. We will start work on it right away. We expect all kind of help from India," Bugti said while briefing the media.

However, India has rejected past reports of providing shelter to the Baloch activist, who is wanted in Pakistan for his separatist campaign.

After the death of his grandfather, Bugti went into exile in Afghanistan. He has accused Pakistani forces of slaughtering around 5,000 people in the past few of years and causing about 20,000 forced disappearances in Balochistan.

Bugti sought asylum in Switzerland in 2010 after the Afghanistani government was pressurised by Pakistan to extradite him.

First published: 20 September 2016, 16:25 IST
 
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