Islamabad: Pakistan is to contact Interpol to extradite Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, who is currently seeking political asylum in India.
“The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will send a formal reference to Interpol within the next few days for the extradition of Brahamdagh Bugti,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said.
Nisar’s statement on Friday came a day after India’s Home Ministry said it was examining Bugti’s application for political asylum in India.
Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Chief Bugti visited the Indian consulate in Geneva, Switzerland, to inquire about the process of seeking asylum in India.
Nisar, to a question about India’s offer of citizenship to the rebel Baloch leader, said the offer had made it clear as to who was supporting terrorism.
“It has substantiated the Indian Prime Minister’s statement of interference in Pakistan,” he said, at the headquarters of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
“Their (Indians’) feelings about Brahamdagh Bugti and their invitation to him unmistakably establish who is behind terrorism (in Balochistan),” Nisar was quoted as saying.
The minister also accused India of blaming Pakistan for the Uri terrorist attack without any concrete evidence.
“The Indians don’t have any evidence, so what sort of investigation can Pakistan carry out? They have blamed us just to defame Pakistan,” he said.
Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed in a terror attack on an army base camp in Uri town in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18.
First Published | 24 September 2016 4:49 PM