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Switzerland rejects Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti's application for political asylum

Bugti had, however, claimed at the beginning of this year that his case is under consideration and there no set timeframe given by the officials.? Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Switzerland Nov 23, 2017, 02.06 AM (IST)

Switzerland, on Wednesday, rejected the request of the exiled leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Brahumdagh Bugti, to seek a political asylum, reports said.

The decision was announced just a week after charging a lifetime entry ban on exiled Baloch leader Mehran Marri, Bugti's brother-in-law, according to reports by The News

Bugti took to Twitter to inform the development.

"After more than seven years of waiting Switzerland has now rejected my application for political asylum," he tweeted.

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According to reports in The News, the application was rejected because of alleged links with 'events of terrorism, violence and militant activities'. 

He further claimed that 'he is the most wanted person in Pakistan while top terrorist like Osama Bin Laden and Hafiz Saeed were being protected by the army,' further urging officials in Switzerland to "consider facts before considering Pakistani allegations against them". 

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The application of the outlawed BRP leader had previously been rejected by the Switzerland immigration authorities. 

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Bugti had, however, claimed at the beginning of this year that his case is under consideration and there was no set timeframe given by the officials. 

It was also reported that Bugti had, on September 19, 2016, formally asked the Indian government to grant him an asylum and Indian nationality so that he could live in India and move around the world to campaign against Pakistan. 

The report was later denied by the Indian government and the BRP.

(with inputs from ANI)

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