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Switzerland rejects Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti’s request for asylum?

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Karachi : Self-exiled Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti request for political asylum in Switzerland has reportedly been turned down by authorities there.

Though this request is yet to be corroborated and confirmed officially by the Swiss authorities, the Dawn quoted the Geo News channel as reporting that Swiss immigration authorities had rejected Bugti’s asylum application ‘citing the Pakistan Government’s decision of declaring him a terrorist’.

It said, Bugti, however, has been given the right to file an appeal against the decision.

Bugti has been staying in Afghanistan and Europe ever since his grandfather Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in a military raid nine years ago for leading a guerrilla resistance.

He was offered a chance to return to Pakistan in August last year after indicating that he was ready to hold talks with Islamabad. However, now he is insisting that Balochistan Chief Minister, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, and federal minister Abdul Qadir Baloch meet him abroad before he takes a decision to return or not to return to Pakistan. (ANI)

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