New Days for Balochistan
By Ali Sukhanver
The asylum application filed by Nawab Akbar Bugti’s grandson Brahamdagh Bugti has been rejected by the Swiss immigration authorities. This rejection was on the basis of Pakistan’s decision of declaring him a terrorist. Pakistan had declared Brahamdagh Bugti-led Baloch Republican Party BRP as a terrorist organization. It is something very positive on the part of the Swiss government that it honoured the decision of Pakistan and did not accept Brahamdagh’s application for asylum. The decision of the Swiss government is a proof that the whole world is united against the menace of terrorism. Terrorism is such a horrible scourge that its remedy is next to impossible unless all countries get united against it. Pakistan has expressed gratitude to the Swiss government for turning down the political asylum plea submitted by this self-exiled Baloch separatist leader. Certainly this situation would be very painful for Brahamdagh Bugti; he is a tribal lord and for tribal lords requesting and appealing is considered against the tribal traditions.
Since after the death of his grandfather Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military operation in Kohlu, Brahamdagh Bugti has been in ‘self-exile’. During all this period he travelled to different countries, may be in search political asylum or some type of refuge. Once he had once accused Pakistani intelligence agencies for the attacks on him while he was in Kabul, Afghanistan where he had sought refuge. That time the Government of Pakistan asked for Brahamdagh’s return from Afghanistan and also accused India of supporting the Baloch rebels living in Afghanistan. In October 2010, he and his family arrived in Switzerland and sought political asylum. Sources say that he is being funded and supported by RAW and this notorious organization has provided him an Indian passport too. Now what would be the future of Brahamdagh Bugti; it is the most frequently asked question now-a-days. Home Secretary Balochistan Akbar Hussain Durrani has a very clear answer to this question. Talking to the newsmen on rejection of Brahamdagh’s appeal for asylum he said, ‘’Now the chief commander of BRP has no option but to have meaningful dialogue with Pakistan.”
Now in the present scenario better for Brahamdagh is to come back to his own motherland Pakistan and use his talent and abilities for the betterment of this country. Dialogue is a process which most of the times resolves conflicts and confrontations. If Brahamdagh has some grievances, differences and complaints, he must go for dialogues with the government of Pakistan; things would be alright soon. Asking other countries for help and support, traveling allegedly on fake passport and begging for asylum from other countries does not suit Brahamdagh’s personality. He must always keep in mind that he is the grandson of a martyr who always had his own peculiar point of view, he had a lot of differences with the government of Pakistan, with his fellow politicians and with Baloch Sardars of his own rank and status but he never tried or threatened to say good-bye to Pakistan nor he requested other countries for asylum or refuge. Pakistan is Brahamdagh’s own country; no one can stop him from coming back to Pakistan but at the same time no one would allow him to join hands with those who dream of shattering Pakistan into pieces.
The government of Pakistan, under the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif, is trying its best to redress the deprivations and grievances of the people of Balochistan. The Pakistan army under the command of Gen. Raheel Sharif is doing marvelous efforts for taking to task the notorious foreign elements in Balochistan. Things are getting better and brighter for the people of Balochistan. CPEC is going to be a big economic game changer generally for everyone in Pakistan and particularly for the people of Balochistan. They would be no doubt the main beneficiaries of CEPC. Moreover the Federal government as well as the provincial government is planning to initiate a meaningful negotiation with all armed separatist groups in Balochistan. In such a positive atmosphere all self-exiled leaders of Balochistan including Brahamdagh Bugti must review their point of view regarding Pakistan.