The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday, denied having any knowledge of India wating to give asylum to Baloch activist Brahumdagh Bugti.
“MEA has no such information,” an MEA source said when asked about the reports on Bugti. Earlier, reports had surfaced that Bugti had applied for an Indian passport.
Bugti, who is currently in Switzerland, had said that although he hasn’t made any such request yet, he would be very much in favour of moving to India.
“Right now, I’m here, but I face problems regarding my travel. If I ever get a chance to move to India, I will definitely go there for my people,” Bugti had said on the asylum issue.
If I ever get a chance to move to India, i will definitely go there for my people: Brahumdagh Bugti on asylum issue pic.twitter.com/XAa1qjKxMj
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“Our people in Balochistan and Afghanistan are in a very difficult situation. Very few are able to come to Europe, the rest are living there only. So, we want that the Indian government should open its doors for them and provide them access, including myself,” Bugti added.
When questioned about his wishes to move to India, and not any other country, Bugti said, “India is our neighbouring country. In Europe, even if a government or the immigration department knows the problem, the people don’t. But in India, the people know about our problems, we will have their support. We share the same culture. We will be closer to our people and our people can easily seek asylum there, and it is easier for them to reach there with their families.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come out in support of the Baloch community in his Independence Day speech.