Brahmdagh Bugti seeks asylum in Switzerland

Published: February 2, 2011

Chief of the outlawed Baloch rebel group reaches Switzerland. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Nawabzada Brahmdagh Bugti, chief of an outlawed Baloch rebel group, is seeking political asylum in Switzerland, the party’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“Brahmdagh Bugti, who leads the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRP), has reached Switzerland and is safe,” BRP spokesperson Mir Sher Muhammad Bugti told The Express Tribune by phone from an undisclosed location.

Brahmdagh had gone into hiding following the death of Baloch chieftains Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balach Marri. He avoided contacting people for security reasons.

“Brahmdagh Bugti has submitted an application to the Swiss authorities seeking political asylum,” Mir Sher Muhammad said. “He will continue to take up the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan at the UN and other international forums,” the spokesperson added.

Brahmdagh Bugti also advised his supporters to continue their struggle for the rights of the Baloch people.

The government has made repeated claims about Brahmdagh Bugti’s presence in the Afghan capital of Kabul from  where he has been leading the Baloch insurgents.

He had founded the outlawed Baloch Republican Army (BRA) which is engaged in attacks on government installations and security forces in volatile parts of Balochistan. Pakistan authorities had taken up Brahmdagh’s matter with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, when he visited Islamabad last time. And the Afghan leader had promised to look into the matter.

Brahmdagh has been denying reports that he was hiding in Afghanistan and instead claimed that he was “leading a struggle for the rights of the Baloch people” from somewhere in Balochistan.

Recently, Nawabzada Hyrbyar Marri was also given political asylum in Britain on a British court’s orders. Earlier, Britain’s Home Office had rejected his application for political asylum.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2011.

Reader Comments (26)

  • Uzair Javaid
    Feb 2, 2011 - 8:32AM

    He enjoyed safe protection in indian embassy Kabul or their consulates spread aside Pakistani border with Afghanistan. With many of his visits to delhi on private planes to meet indian intell agency RAW to plan various insurgencies across Pakistan. This man is a traitor. Pakistan has provided various evidences of his visits to india and his movements with indian and mossad officials in afghanistan. Nawabzada BrahamDAGH bugti is high rolling traitor who sits out of the country to destabilize Balochistan.

    He is in no way working for the better future of the Balochi-Pakistani people, they are all enjoying their sponsored visits to Dubai, India and Europe in reward of their services rendered to anti-Pakistan forcesRecommend

  • Ali Turk
    Feb 2, 2011 - 8:53AM

    Some leaders stay in London, some in Dubai ,some in Jeddah and now this brave Baluch in Switzerland. This is the fate of our country………………………………Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Feb 2, 2011 - 9:35AM

    He will get asylum, this RAW agent. He is funded by the Indians as was his Grand Father. These guys are nothing but War Lords, infact nothing but thugs.

    Can someone tell me, when Nawab Bugti was getting hefty amount from SUI & PPL since a while (amount disputed to an extent), why is Dera Bugti one of the most backward area in Pakistan?

    Why arnt there schools, hospitals & roads for the poor people of Bugti Tribe, when these people were driving around Super cars & bikes (Ferrari F550 & 750 CC Bikes) on the roads of Karachi DHA along with atleast double figures men armed to the teeth?

    How & why these Bugti’s get the arms to fight regular Army during the operation against Nawab Akbar Bugti? Fighting regular Army is not a joke, where did they come in possession of all this Hardware (Arms)?

    Freedom Fighters, Ya right! More like War Lords?Recommend

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 9:52AM

    Get him out from there. He has blown up countless pylons, killed many of our soldiers and FC and gets direct investment from India. Just bring him to justice now that we know where he is. Recommend

  • Adi
    Feb 2, 2011 - 9:57AM

    good riddence if he was in baluchistan!Recommend

  • Maria
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Good riddance. He was an agent of the Indians bent on causing trouble and crime. Hopefully he will stay in Switzerland and lead the typical second class life of an asylum seeker there. Let’s see how he reacts to the abuse he will experience from the native Swiss who are tired of foreign refugee claimants living in their midst.Recommend

  • imran
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:36AM

    While the Americans claim to be our friends they sustain characters like Bramandagh to carry out deadly insurgency in Pakistan. The killings claimed by Bramandagh can directly be attributed to the American assistance and protection to him.

    WHAT KIND OF FRIENDSHIP IS THIS, CAN THE AMERICANS EXPLAIN?Recommend

  • Saad Duraiz
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Brahmdagh Bugti also advised his supporters to continue their struggle for the rights of the Baloch people.

    So he too has followed modus operandi of “Pakistani” politicians. Guess the whole “Baloch” nationhood was a drama. bravo!Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Feb 2, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @ Imran:

    There we go, America bashing has started yet again !!

    Why are you pulling americans in this mate ??? He is seeking asylum in Switzerland which is not part of America – a mere 7,000 kms away !!

    What do you mean by “friendship” between Pakistanis and Americans. America is a giver (donor), Pakistan is a taker (beggar) . When was the last time you had friendship with a beggar on your street.

    Friendship is between equals !

    And, Americans dont need to explain anything – We owe explanation to the entire world for being a terrorist, jihadist state where people romanticize with the notion of killing and maiming inncoents and shower petals on a murderer.

    Hypocrites to the core.

    HarisRecommend

  • Tax Payer
    Feb 2, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Dear Nawabzada Brahmdagh Bugti

    Will it look good when you talk about the plight of your Balochi Brothers-in distress in Balochistan, particularly in Dera Bugti!!!Recommend

  • imran
    Feb 2, 2011 - 12:54PM

    @ Haris, You should know that Americans in Afghanistan provided Bramandagh every facilty to destablize Pakistan,despite Pakistan’s efforts that he be repatriated. Now he goes to Switzerland with the same agendaRecommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Feb 2, 2011 - 1:15PM

    In a TV interview with Dr. Shahid Masood, I show this Guy Brahmdagh Bugti justifying the baloch practice of Wani (Sending women as a gift to other tribe for peace).

    I hope he will advocate the same wani practice in Switzerland too :)Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Feb 2, 2011 - 1:22PM

    @Haris Chaudhry

    I saw many europeans start Islam or muslim bashing on every thing thats related to muslims.

    America bashing among muslims and Islam bashing among westerners both looks funny and pethatic.

    But Unlike you I am not selective on condemning wrong Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Feb 2, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @imran

    Brahamdagh is a symptom of disease; he is not a disease himself. The real disease is the perpetual deprivation of common baloch people. Pakistani establishment and politicians left common baloch on the mercy of these baloch sardars, their sons and grandsons for temporary benefits. its time to reach out common baloch, give them opportunity to progress and get educated otherwise people like brahamdagh and their mentors US/India will keep exploiting the deprivation of baloch people.
    Baloch are as patriotic as the people in Punjab and Sind but problem is that they are deprived, uneducated and ignorant. An empty stomach has no faith and nationality.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 2, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @imran:
    You were there to see the facilities yourself? Or did you read “Daily Mail”?Recommend

  • baloch khan
    Feb 2, 2011 - 8:54PM

    well,,,,
    after all these comments i have to say some thing also,, when your soldiers kills balochs in balochistan why u people did nt raise your voice??? Brahamdag bugti did nothing wrong he only defended the balochs,, we all baloch proud of him,,,,, long live bugtiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiRecommend

  • ammar
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:51PM

    a good move.Recommend

  • human
    Feb 2, 2011 - 11:21PM

    whatever we do, the end-result would show if it was right or wrong. we must stop being ultra-Pakistani or over-Balochs. just let history take it’s course.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Feb 3, 2011 - 9:03AM

    Another “brave” leader running away…hahahahaRecommend

  • J Oberoi
    Feb 3, 2011 - 9:30AM

    @imran: Haris said it well. Couldn’t have said it any better. ‘Friendship’?? Did you read the reports in Washington Post and NY Times about the role of Pakistan’s agencies in training and equipping the Taliban? Do you expect ‘friendship’ in return for this? Thank your lucky stars that the US is still generous. Why don’t you ask your rich ‘friend’ China to match America’s generosity? After all they are sitting on trillions of dollars in reserves.Recommend

  • JihadBob
    Feb 3, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Brahamdagh is a a true terrorist. He should be hunted down with treated with a dose of hell fire missiles. If Switzerland provides him asylum, they are no different from the countries who provide sanctuary to terrorists. If they do agree to give him asylum, as the UK did to Hyrbyar Marri, we should also stop cooperating in the War of Terror. Britain has housed terrorists for decades with absolute impunity, switzerlands banks have always profited from the black markets and corruption among high profile people throughout the world. This is hypocrisy at its worst. Recommend

  • imran
    Feb 3, 2011 - 11:14AM

    @ Baloch Khan, I have personally seen Dera Bugti in detail and have also met the locals. What I can say out of my experience is that the Sardars do not want their tribemen to prosper because then they lose thier authority. Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was a very respectable leader,however, he too never allowed any developmental work in his area. Had he allowed even a single college in his area today we would have seen a much different Dera Bugti and much emancipated populce.
    The insurgency in these areas is not for the betterment of a common baloch but for the Sardars to retain their hold> Mind you all these sardars do not live in their areas but in posh localities of Karachi,Dubai,Paris,Switzerland,London etc etc.
    My adive would be remove the shakles of these Sardars and you will prosper.Recommend

  • JihadBob
    Feb 3, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Anyone who isn’t Baloch or pathan who does any business in Balochistan or tries to build anything or contribute anything usually gets intercepted by the Sardars who proceed to extort them. The Sardar’s and the tribal lot (many of them but not all) usually refer to punjabis, mohajirs and others in derogatory terms. Even in Karachi, they occupy land and extort non-Baloch/non-Pathans. It is because they have hordes of illiterate tribesmen who’ll kill for them that they operate like an out of control mafia on our streets. Just a few days ago, one of the younger Bugti clan got into an altercation with some rich kid in DHA Phase V of Karachi over the fact that the kid, who happened to be showing off in a tinted land cruiser, did not stop to give way to the Bugti who was passing via the perpendicular rd. It is over a small ego matter like this that the Bugti guards severely beat up this boy and shot up his war with AK47s in the middle of Stadium Commercial Area in DHA Phase V in broad day light. He thereafter threatened the boy that if he registered an FIR, he would liquidate him altogether. Thereafter, that kid, who already had a penchant for showing off, promised to visit the Bugti boy with handsome gifts worthy of a Sardar. Incidents like this are not unusual in Karachi and its usually this tribal lot that does this stuff with their hordes of heavily armed guards. I believe the army is acting absolutely appropriately in Balochistan. These sardars and tribals must learn to live with others, even if we need to teach them with force. They violate every law and make money in the most criminal ways and go on to win seats in parliament and the government at every level. It is they that enjoy the riches of the natural resources of the land rather than the ordinary people of Balochistan. Unless and until we make all people in pakistan equal in the sense that no person should be able to over-power others in these ways, unless we do that…we will continue to live in a lawless society. Brahamdagh must be caught and punished in a public square after which neither his party nor his tribe should get access to his body…it should be chucked into an un-marked grave….like the ones he is used to sending people to. Recommend

  • Adnan Punjabi
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:49PM

    I believe he has done nothing wrong, the soldiers you are taking about being killed by Baloch or by Mr. Bugti’s order are the real traitors and terrorist. How can these soldiers who are suppose to protect the citizens of a country are busy killing the same citizens they took oath to protect.
    I support Mr. Bugti’s decision to leave Pakistan and to continue his support and struggle for the Baloch people. He is a brave man just like his grandfather Nawab Bugti. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Jinnah
    Feb 5, 2011 - 7:23PM

    @Ameer Hamza:

    In Abroad Every one know Pakistani are Terrorist are Supporting Terrorism and also funding to terrorist for De-stable any country like,

    1-In Afghanistan they supporting Al-Qaeda and Taliban for de-stable afghanistan situation.
    2-In India There are also trying many terrorist attacks.
    3-In Kashmir also (entire world known about at).
    4-In Bangladesh (till 2 day there are 90,000 Terrorist Force Pants are still Hanging).
    5-In USA are also many terrorist attack, one of them world trade center, was involved in this game.
    6-In Balochistan, Since 11 August 1947, Terrorist Force Killing innocent Baloch Peoples.Recommend

  • Haris Khoso
    Feb 7, 2011 - 10:05AM

    I dont know Personally, Brahmdagh & therefor cannot base My thoughts on Here-say from the Media or some one else, But wether He is a Lunatic or He’s Normal.
    If Baloch Tribes Men needed Leadership it was Easy as it can get, Just shake hands with Pak Gov & U get what U want although they Had lots of Money , doesn’t this seems easy, but natural it was. But they Chose not to, what could be the Reason maybe they were Right or maybe Not, Allah knows best. But Logic says there was something else than that.
    We r all Products of Different Experiences
    while saying that People who’s Families are not Tribal can NEVER feel how a Tribal person Feels & VICE VERSA. One should Respect the Others Differences instead of trying to Change One another which leeds to Problems.
    Last Word, If Oil or what ever Good is Found in Some One’s Land, No Body’s Father is its Owner except the Owner Himself & it is He to decide what to do with that Wealth not Others, Period…..
    May Allah Bless all My Baloch Brothers & Muslims all around the World Aameen.Recommend

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