New Delhi: India's Ministry of Home Affairs has received a formal application for asylum by Baloch nationalist leader Brahumdagh Bugti, an official said on Thursday.
"The ministry has got an application from Brahumdagh Bugti," a ministry official told IANS. He, however, did not confirm if it was being considered by the government.
On August 15 2016, PM Narendra Modi had brought up the issue of Pakistani atrocities on people of Balochistan and PoK. It was for the first time that the disturbed areas under the control of Pakistan were mentioned by any Prime Minister during his Independence speech.
Earlier On Thursday, Bugti, who heads the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), had said that he was a political leader and should be given a chance to stay in India.
"My request to the Indian Prime Minister is I am a political leader and voice of my people. Please give me a chance to come to India and highlight my issues, meet Indian and global leaders. Please give me asylum, grant me political asylum like you already did to Dalai Lama and S.K. Mujibur Rehman."
"I again want to repeat that please do what is in the interest of both of us. If am asking for too much, then please don't do it (provide asylum)," he said.
Bugti also said that if granting asylum causes any harm to India's interests, then India should deny his plea.
Bugti, currently in self-exile, lives in Switzerland in politcal asylum with his family. After assanination of his grandfather Akbar Bugti in 2006, Bugti had moved out of his home town Dera Bugti in Balochistan. After living in Afghanistan, he was taken to Switzerland in 2010. He had founded the now Pakistan-outlawed Baloch Republican Party (BRP).