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‘India to become ‘official terror sponsor’ by granting asylum to Bugti’

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ISLAMABAD: India’s granting of asylum to Brahamdagh Bugti would amount to harbouring a terrorist by a state, Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said in a tweet message late Thursday night.

The Indian Home Ministry on Thursday confirmed that the leader of the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) Brahamdagh Bugti has filed an application seeking political asylum in India which they were examining, reported the Times of India (TOI).

“We have received Bugti’s application for political asylum and it is under examination,” a Home Ministry official said.

Bugti applied for asylum through the Indian Consulate in Geneva three days ago and the application was sent to the Ministry of External Affairs, which in turn sent it to the Home Ministry.

Indian media reported that its country has no comprehensive asylum policy, however, the Baloch leader confidently sought refuge in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberately raised the issue of Balochistan in his Independence Day speech last August.

Pakistan said on Thursday that reports suggesting Bugti sought political asylum in India proved that it was involved in terrorism and terror financing in the troubled province of Balochistan.

The spokesperson for the Foreign Office, Nafees Zakaria, claimed there was enough evidence of Indian-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan particularly Balochistan and Karachi and added, it was also confirmed by the confession of arrested Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Yadav in Balochistan.

Previously, Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti has expressed his willingness on several occasions to move India.

“If I ever get a chance to move to India, I definitely will,” Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti

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