India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Friday denied reports by Pakistan media that Balochistan Republican Party leader Brahumdagh Bugti would be granted Indian citizenship. The MEA said that no decision has yet been taken on the matter. Meanwhile, Bugti has also denied the reports of applying for an Indian citizenship. Earlier today, it was reported by Pakistan’s Geo News that Bugti was to officially apply for Indian citizenship after party meeting with the banned party officials in Geneva on September 18-19. The report also stated that Bugti was already in talks with Indian authorities regarding his citizenship a long time before Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly raised the Balochistan issue in his Independence Day speech.
The report by Geo News had also said that Bugti had also applied for a Swiss passport but was denied by the Switzerland immigration authorities. Bugti had to alter accused Pakistan of pressurising the Swiss government. Pakistan media had also said that there were over 15, 000 Bugti in Afghanistan and around 3,00 in various western countries, whom India might provide help in getting a citizenship.
India had earlier provided shelter to Tibetian religious leader Dalai Lama, who the country has shielded from China. The report also stated that if India did not fear the superpower China, it had no reason to fear to go against Pakistan. The BRP members from Germany, London, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland are to attend the meeting in Geneva in September. The meeting is to see 7 of the 16 members of the BRP to endorse Bughti’s decision of getting open support from India.