Day: December 7, 2011
The Pakistani Brahamdagh Bugti lived for a year as a refugee with his family in Geneva. For the Pakistani government, he is a terrorist – he sees himself as a politician who fights for the independence of the province of Baluchistan, as he explains in the “Rundschau”.
The Swiss authorities are faced with a difficult decision. You do not want to comment on the case Bugti.
In his first TV interview in exile, presents the 30-year-old Bugti Brahamdagh the “Rundschau” as a smart man in Western dress. The clan leader has a political mission: He wants to put grievances in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan in the pillory.
Baluchistan is the largest and poorest region of Pakistan at the same time – despite its rich oil and gas reserves. “We are fighting for our resources, the land and our property,” says Bugti. “But when we talk about it, we are abducted and tortured by the government.” Even human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch denounced the persecution of dissidents.
From politicians to insurgents hunted
The abuses in his country he was fighting with the weapons of politics, says Bugti in “Rundschau” interview. For this purpose he had founded the Baloch Republican Party.
Already Brahamdaghs grandfather was a charismatic politician Akbar Bugti once sat several times in the central government in Islamabad and there represented the interests of Baluchistan. Then he fell into disgrace and was chased by the army as insurgents.
Several times he and his grandson were the target of attacks. “Once they were poorly informed and blew up the wrong house in the air,” says Brahamdagh Bugti. “Someone said, that is Bugtis house, but I moved recently.”
Delicate case for Swiss authorities
Brahamdaghs grandfather was killed in 2006 on the run from army units. The grandson fled to Afghanistan and went into hiding for four years. Finally, he fled to Switzerland with false papers.
In Geneva requested the scion of the immensely rich Bugti clans for himself and his family asylum.
For the Swiss authorities is likely to be a tricky case. But they give to the individual asylum procedure no information. Migration expert Alberto Achermann is convinced that the case is not treated simply as an ordinary asylum. “This is probably a case which is treated in the Federal Office for Migration on a higher level and to which one obtains the opinion of the FDFA and the Federal Office of Police and the Federal Intelligence Service,” says the Professor of Migration Law, University of Bern.
Terrorist or political rebel?
Bugti’s political terrorist or rebel? Research by the “Rundschau” Brahamdagh Bugti to give a mixed picture: So Bugti shows on the Internet as an armed resistance fighters. Or is he posing amid rocket-propelled grenades. “He’s not really a political leader,” said Saifullah Mahsud, political observers in Islamabad, in the “Rundschau”. “It was only during the attack on his famous grandfather. At that time he led the military wing of the separatists. ”
In contrast to the Baloch Republican Party, the Baloch Republican Army is regarded as militant secession. Bugti explains: “These two organizations have nothing to do with each other. Coincidentally, the names are very similar. I was never involved in violent actions. ”
Doubts about this statement can pay an interview that Bugti was in 2005 a local TV station. Yahya Bajwa, a Swiss of Pakistani descent and a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, presents this interview in the “Rundschau”: “Bugti said that the liberation struggle must be waged by all means. If the government does not otherwise hear, even with rocket launchers. “Moral argument for asylum refusal
Whether Pakistan has issued a request for extradition, the Swiss Justice Department wants to “neither confirm nor deny.” An extradition would be possible only after Switzerland had finally decided on the asylum application. If Bugti war crimes or serious crimes committed common law would probably denied him asylum, says migration expert at the University of Bern, Alberto Achermann.
“But if it is dealing with political crimes, then such a person would need to be recognized as a refugee in Switzerland.”
Switzerland has also a special feature: If someone committed morally reprehensible acts, it can be regarded as unworthy of asylum. Nevertheless, he would not be deported. “The consequence would be a provisional, temporary admission to Switzerland,” says Achermann.
Brahamdagh Bugti hopes for a swift decision. “I just want my life and my family is protected, that’s the important thing.”
Balochistan Freedom Charter to be launched soon, Pakistan doesn’t represent the Baloch: Hyrbyair Marri
United Kingdom: London based Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri is actively campaigning at the European level for the launch of a key ‘Freedom Charter’ of Balochistan, killing the rumours that he will negotiate with Pakistan at any level for a political settlement of the Balochistan issue.
In the last three months, the exiled Baloch leader from the powerful Marri tribe, who is accused by the Pakistani government of sponsoring the insurgency in troubled Balochistan, has held meetings with Baloch in Norway, Sweden and France.
Last week, Mr Marri was in Norway on the invitation of BSO-Azad where he spoke to a packed house to pay tributes to his brother Balach Marri on his 4th Martyrdom anniversary. “The response I have received has encouraged me a great deal and I am determined to not sit idly and do media work. To meet my own people in Europe has been refreshing and they have supported my campaign for freedom of Balochistan,” Hyrbyair told The News/Geo in an interview.
“We will first, very soon, launch the ‘Freedom Charter’ and once the consultation is complete then the provisional constitution of Balochistan will be written. The manifesto will provide a unity platform to varied Baloch opinions by asking them to agree on the one point of freedom, setting aside all differences,” Marri told this newsman, adding that the manifesto will be released end of December 2011 or early next year, setting before international community the case for Occupied Balochistan.
The basic draft of the charter, Hyrbyair revealed, has been shared with Political parties in Balochistan inviting their input but at the same time urging them to reject the current parliamentary framework, which, he believes, has failed the Baloch.
Speaking about his travel abroad, he said he has listened to the concerns of Baloch in many European cities and everyone agrees that Baloch Diaspora must unite to lead and show to others that they are united.
About Rehman Malik’s recent comments being in contact with him, Mr Marri said no such contacts were made. The negotiation can only be about a free and democratic Baluchistan for which thousands Baloch have made the “ultimate sacrifices”.
Those who are doing propaganda, Marri said, in Pakistan and abroad against the Baloch freedom movement are “national criminals” doing the dirty work of Pakistani civil and military bureaucrats.
“We have warned the western countries several times of Pakistan’s support to religious extremists groups and attempts to Talibinise the secular Baluch society but they did not heed to our concerns. However, a recent documentary released by the BBC two confirmed all our apprehensions by revealing Pakistan’s links with Taliban,” he said.
The recent extensive reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch about human rights abuses in Balochistan by Pakistani military are commendable but not enough. We need these International Human Rights Organisations to send fact finding missions in Balochistan to investigate the issue of enforced-disappearances and kill & dump of Baloch activists. “There is a big difference between issuing statement and being on the ground physically”.
World should know about the so called Pakistani claims about press freedom after it banned BBC World News TV channel. We told the world long ago that Pakistan has blocked all websites and newspapers that report about Pakistani atrocities against Baloch people and killed several Baloch journalists for objective reporting and telling the truth. Pakistan’s recent arm-twisting with BBC World News TV channel confirms our concerns about Pakistan’s unjustified crackdown against Baloch websites and newspapers.
The organisers of Bonn conference should have taken the Baloch into confidence as well because we too are stake holders in that region and can play an important role in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan doesn’t represent Baloch on such International Conferences and neither can guarantee the peace in the region excluding Baloch Nation. “We, the Baloch, believe that Pakistan is a breeding ground for extremists that are destroying the peace in Afghanistan and attacking International, NATO, forces there.”
Occupied Balochistan: Unidentified militants blew up an 8-inch diameter gas pipeline in the Sui area of Dera Bugti on Monday, Balochistan Levies said. An explosive device attached to the pipeline went off with a huge explosion. As a result, the gas supply to the purification plant from Well Number 43 was suspended. A heavy contingent of security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Repair to damaged pipeline began soon after the incident. A manhunt has been mounted in the area to capture the culprits.
Baloch Republican Army (BRA) often claims the responsibility for targeting economic installations in Dera Bugti. However, no has claimed responsibility for this attack.