Brahumdagh Bugti expected to end nine-year exile soon: reports

Published: November 11, 2015
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PHOTO: BBC

PHOTO: BBC

Self-exiled Baloch Republican Army (BRA) leader Brahumdagh Bugti met Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch in Geneva and is expected to return to Pakistan within months, according to media reports.

While speaking to BBC on Tuesday, Bugti claimed that he discussed the Balochistan issue with the provincial chief minister but said that Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has no ‘authority’ to discuss all important issue with him.

“Those who have the power and authority to change the situation should hold a dialogue with me,” the disgruntled Baloch leader said.

Ready for dialogue with govt to resolve Balochistan issue: Brahumdagh Bugti

Further, a source in the inner circles of Balochistan governement told RFE/RL’s Gandhara website that Bugti is months away from returning to Pakistan, marking an end of his nine-year exile which had followed the killing of his grandfather, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, by Pakistani security forces in 2006.

“He has agreed to come [back to Pakistan],” the website quoting an anonymous source said. “We have reached an agreement on 90 per cent of the issues.”

The source, a senior politician within Balochistan’s ruling coalition claimed Bugti indicated his willingness to return in a series of meeting with Balochistan chief minister in Switzerland this summer.

“There were two or three meetings [in July]. He [Bugti] has asked for respect and an end to all cases against him [as a pre-condition for his return],” the source was further quoted as saying.

Earlier in August, Bugti agreed to hold talks with the government on the Balochistan issue, hinting at the possibility of withdrawing demands of separation — provided that was what the people in the province wanted.

“We are ready to stay with Pakistan if our friends, well-wishers, majority of the Baloch people and political allies want the same,” the self-exiled separatist leader told the BBC Urdu in an interview in Switzerland.

‘Will support US, Nato or Indian intervention’

This was the first time that the BRA leader, who is the grandson of former Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Bugti, voiced his support for talks with the government.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Raisani
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:28PM

    come back home soon Brahumdagh putar. Recommend

  • azmat
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:34PM

    A very healthy sign indeed for Pakistan. General Janjua’s effort bearing fruit. The government must focus on addressing the genuine grievances of Baluchistan vis a vis royalty for gas and Gawadar. Recommend

  • Afaaq
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:38PM

    So now are we pardoning terrorists for political gain. What about the blood of innocents who were killed by his organization? He should be assassinated or brought back to Pakistan and hung high.Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Nov 11, 2015 - 4:54PM

    It is beyond the mandate of Governments, both provincial and federal, to make it easy on Brahumdagh. There should be clear understanding from security establishment, otherwise, any harm to him would only make it the situation worse.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Nov 11, 2015 - 6:00PM

    Media hype for nothing.Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Nov 11, 2015 - 7:48PM

    @Jameel ur Rasheed:

    It is beyond the mandate of Governments, both provincial and federal, to make it easy on Brahumdagh. There should be clear understanding from security establishment, otherwise, any harm to him would only make it the situation worse.

    Are you high mate?

    What situation worse can he made while he can’t even stand the heat and ran away in Nordic Countries when his supposed “Motherland” asking for a stand?

    Pakistan handled Akbar Bugti well, these Young “social media” always “in the news” type Gorillas are nothing for Pakistan.

    regards,Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Nov 11, 2015 - 8:18PM

    @Asad Khan: Be patient, then what is happening in Balochistan after the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti is beyond you imagination. It is a war like situation and both the government and militants are at loggerhead with each other resulting in heavy human and economic losses. May be, you are unaware that is why, you are underestimating the situation, otherwise, the Govt. is doing its best to solve the issue of Balochistan through negotiations. I hope that sanity will prevail upon both sides and they will reach to an amicable solution to the problem, so that the development could place in Balochistan.Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 11, 2015 - 10:22PM

    Why call cases should be ended against him ? He has blood of innocent Balochis on his shoulders. P.S he is in no position to dictate terms first of all.Recommend

  • Farooq
    Nov 12, 2015 - 12:37AM

    Dear Mr. Bugti, welcome back home. All Pakistan is yours not only Baluchistan. Let’s build country together. Baluchistan first. Recommend

  • Abdul jabbar
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:53AM

    Good for baluchistan and good for Pakistan.Recommend

  • khan420
    Nov 12, 2015 - 9:55AM

    It is better that he came back as the perks and privileges that he will enjoy in Pakistan are unthinkable abroad. Recommend

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