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Rajesh Ahuja, New Delhi: Elaborate arrangements are being made for exiled Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti’s
stay in India taking into account the possibility that he might form a government-in-exile of Independent Balochistan.
“We have asked Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) to provide an assessment on how many Baloch’s living in exile will follow Bugti to India. Accordingly we will decide on the place where he will be asked to stay,” said a senior home ministry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The home ministry is also looking for place with suitable climatic conditions for Balochs to stay and feel being at home, added the official.
Bugti had held talks with Indian diplomats in Geneva last month to seek political asylum in India.
The ministry of external affairs had forwarded his application to the home ministry to take a final call.
“We have one such past experience when Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, along with his followers, sought political asylum in India in 1959 and formed a government-in-exile in Dharamshala. Officials of the home ministry are looking at the process followed then,” said the official.
The founder-president of the Baloch Republican Party, Bugti is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader killed by the Pakistan Army in 2006.
Pakistan has strongly opposed India giving asylum to Bugti, calling him a terrorist who is being propped by R&AW.