Islamabad, Sept 24: Pakistan Saturday cautioned India against giving political asylum to Baloch rebel leader Brahmadagh Bugti even as its Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan hinted that they would be writing to Interpol for the extradition of the Baloch separatist leader very soon.
It may be mentioned that Brahmadagh Bugti, a Baloch separatist leader, who is currently residing in Switzerland, had approached the Indian Embassy in Geneva seeking political refuge after Switzerland turned down his request for the extension of his asylum.
Pakistan had warned India that by granting refuge to Bugti India would become an “official sponsor of terrorism”. Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif tweeted: “India granting asylum to Bugti will amount to harbouring a terrorist by a state.. thus (India becoming an official sponsor of terrorism”.
Asif was obviously reacting to the information that Bugti’s application for asylum was received by Indian Home Ministry on Friday and that it was under examination of the ministry.
Bugti is the president and founder of Baloch Republican Paty. The decision of seeking asylum was taken at the meeting of the BRP on Sunday in Geneva. He is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed by Pak army in 2008
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan would be sending a formal reference to Interpol within the next few days seeking extradition of Brahmadag Bugti. The Express Tribune quoted the Minister as saying at the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) on Friday.
Nisar's statement comes days after Baloch Republican Party (BRP) chief Bugti, visited the Indian consulate in Geneva to inquire about the process of seeking asylum in India.