Imran Mukhtar [The Nation (Pakistan)]
ISLAMABAD - Baloch separatist leader Brahamdagh Bugti is unlikely to succeed in getting political asylum anywhere in the European or Scandinavian countries due to evidence for his alleged anti-state activities in Pakistan, The Nation has learnt reliably.
Brahamdagh Bugti, chief of Balochistan Republican Party and grandson of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bughti, is presently in Switzerland and Pakistan through Foreign Ministry has opposed his application for political asylum submitted with the Swiss authorities.
An official of the Ministry of Interior on condition of anonymity said that the government had ample proofs against Brahamdagh for his alleged links with some insurgent and terrorist groups of Balochistan. He also informed that Balochistan government and the security agencies had provided sufficient evidence of his involvement in terror activities in the province to the federal government.
Well-placed sources in the federal government informed that the government would oppose any move of Brahamdagh Bugti to get political asylum anywhere in Europe or any other country including Switzerland on the basis of this information. The Interior Ministry sources informed that he would be unable to get asylum in any country as Afghan government had already refused to provide further stay to him due to the evidence of his involvement in anti-state activities provided by Pakistan. Brahamdagh had been staying in Afghanistan for many years prior to his stay in Switzerland after the killing of his grandfather. Pakistan has mounted great pressure on the Afghan authorities for handing over younger Bugti to it but Afghanistan always demanded proof of his involvement in terror activities in Pakistan.