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Why is Karzai hiding Bramdagh Bugti who holds an Indian passport?

Why is Karzai hiding Bramdagh Bugti who holds an Indian passport?

President Karzai who was called for a dressing down to Islamabad made the usual noises in Pakistan, and gave a less than satisfatory response on Bramdagh Bugti who resides in Kabul under an Indian passport. Mr. Bramdagh Bugti is a known terrorist who speaks up against Pakistan every opportunity he gets.

Bramdagh Bugti, grandson of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti runs the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRA) in Balochistan.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday sought to dispel fears in Pakistan about Afghan territory being used by India to stir trouble in the restive province of Balochistan. In Pakistan with a high-level delegation to discuss ways to root out terrorism from the region ahead of the planned pull out of international forces from Afghanistan, Mr. Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari maintained the two countries had a common cause in regional peace.

Asked how Afghanistan could accept Pakistani hospitality for years and yet allow India to destabilise Pakistan from Afghan soil, Mr. Karzai said: “I will speak with a clear voice and a clear conscience. Afghanistan will be committing a great wrong to itself if we allow our territory to be used by any other country against Pakistan. This is not in the interest of Afghanistan. Please trust us on that. We will not allow that.”

As for the specific charge of Afghanistan providing refuge to leading Baloch insurgency leader Bramdagh Bugti — who is said to have an Indian passport — Mr. Karzai said if Pakistan thought he was a criminal and provided evidence, Kabul would act on it. Various news sources including “The Hindu”.

The five banned groups in Balochistan are Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan. As for the Indian hand in the strife in Balochistan and insurgents making their way into the province from Afghanistan, Mr. Malik said: “We have not only raised it with the two governments, we have lodged our protest with them.” Further, he said Bramdagh Bugti — grandson of slain Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Akbar Bugti who heads the Balochistan Republican Party and is regarded as the fiercest face of the insurgency — was in Afghanistan. Pakistan has time and again flagged his Indian passport as evidence of New Delhi’s support for the insurgency in Balochistan.

Balochis believe that Nawab Bugti was murdered by the then federal government and a major grouse is that no enquiry was ordered into his assassination. He is the father of Bramdagh Bugti whose Indian passport has become a sore point in relations between India and Pakistan. The matter had come up for discussion at the Foreign Minister level engagement last month as Pakistan remains convinced about India’s role in the ongoing strife in the province.

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