India may take giant diplomatic step, open political asylum window to Baloch leaders

Speculations are rife that India is gearing up to provide political asylum to Baloch leaders who are fighting for freedom from Pakistan.

Published: 17th September 2016 07:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2016 07:12 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Speculations are rife that India is gearing up to provide political asylum to Baloch leaders who are fighting for freedom from Pakistan. If proven true, this would be the biggest political asylum provided by India since Dalai Lama in 1959. It would also be the first concrete step to be taken by New Delhi to diplomatically thwart Islamabad’s attempts to harp on the Kashmir rhetoric.

India may.jpg“India bleeds for its neighbours,” a senior diplomat told Express, indicating there might be some development on this front soon. The Baloch Republican Party’s leader Brahumdagh Bugti, has been keen to seek asylum in India. He has been living in Switzerland for the last six years where his application for political asylum is pending.

However, there has been no official confirmation of the reports from the Ministry of External Affairs. 

While India has no specific policy on Baloch leaders, there is a tacit understanding that if an application was filed, it would not be rejected. Quoting unnamed sources, Pakistani media claimed that the Baloch leader will soon be applying for asylum in India. The media also quoted sources in Bugti’s party who claimed that he would soon apply for asylum in India. Bugti has been on the run since his grandfather Akbar Bugti was assassinated by the Pakistan Army. The 34-year-old Baloch leader has been the most wanted man in Pakistan and has been keeping the movement alive through his party. Bugti had heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for mentioning Balochistan in his Independence Day speech. He has also, time and again, suggested that India open its doors to Balochs. Interestingly, the news also comes on a day when All India Radio launched a website and mobile app in Baloch language for the global diaspora.

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