Brahumdagh Bugti

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Brahamdagh Bugti
براہمدغ خان بگٹی
Personal details
Born (1982-10-25) October 25, 1982 (age 34)
Dera Bugti, Balochistan, Pakistan
Political party Baloch Republican Party
Alma mater Sibi University of Balochistan
Website [1]

Brahamdagh Khan Bugti or Brahumdagh Khan Bugti (Urdu: براہمدغ خان بگٹی‎) is the founder and leader of the Baloch Republican Party,[1] a Baloch nationalist group which broke away from his uncle Talal Akbar Bugti's Jamhoori Watan Party in 2008. The Pakistani government accuses Brahamdagh Bugti of leading the Baloch Republican Army, a separatist group designated as a terrorist organisation in Pakistan. He has lived in exile, first in Afghanistan and later Switzerland, since his grandfather was killed in a Pakistani military operation in 2006.[2]

Early life[edit]

Brahamdagh Bugti was born in 1982 to Rehan Khan Bugti, the fourth son of Akbar Bugti. Rehan died a short time after Brahamdagh's birth and, thereafter, he was raised by his grandfather.[3]


He went into exile in Afghanistan after the death of his grandfather, Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, in a military operation in Tratani, an adjacent area to Kohlu, Balochistan on 26 August 2006.[2] Brahamdagh survived multiple attempts on his life in Afghanistan which Al Qaeda and the Taliban carried out but which Bugti has attributed to Pakistani intelligence agencies. The Pakistani government pressured Afghanistan to extradite the wanted leader, prompting his relocation to Switzerland in October 2010.[4] He formally requested political asylum on 2 February 2011 and was denied asylum on 17 January 2016.[5]

In 2016, it was reported that Brahamdagh Bugti had applied for an Indian passport.[6] However, a report back in 2010 stated he already held an Indian passport.[7] The Pakistani government has accused India of providing aid to Bugti and other Baloch groups it considers terrorists.[4] Pakistani government sources identified Arjun Das Bugti, an associate of his late grandfather, as the funnel through which India funds Bugti and the BRP.[7][8][9][10][11] Balochistan's chief minister Sanaullah Zehri called Brahamdagh a "traitor". The remark was in response to Brahamdagh's public praise of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in August 2016, who criticized Pakistan and its domestic human rights issues in Balochistan.[12]


  1. ^ Brahamdagh Bugti willing to negotiate with govt: BBC, Dawn, 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Roger D. Long; Gurharpal Singh; Yunas Samad; Ian Talbot (2015). State and Nation-Building in Pakistan: Beyond Islam and Security. Routledge. p. 124. 
  3. ^ Salim Çevik (2013). Pakistan Siyasetini Anlama Kılavuzu. SETA. p. 73. 
  4. ^ a b Carlotta Gall (23 August 2011). "Pakistan's Bitter, Little-Known Ethnic Rebellion". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Switzerland rejects Brahamdagh Bugti's asylum plea". Daily Times. 17 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Brahumdagh Bugti to get Indian passport". GEO TV. 16 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Joshua, Anita (27 August 2010). "Bugti evokes strong emotions". The Hindu. He is the father of Bramdagh Bugti whose Indian passport has become a sore point in relations between India and Pakistan 
  8. ^ Abubakar Siddique (22 July 2010). "Burning issues in troubled Balochistan". Asia Times. 
  9. ^ Qaiser Butt (3 October 2015). "On the run: Brahamdagh's asylum in Switzerland opposed". The Express Tribune. 
  10. ^ Mangal Baagh, Fazlullah, Brahamdagh most-wanted terrorists. (2011-10-06)
  11. ^ Balochistan separatist leaders travel on Indian passports: Khawaja Asif.
  12. ^ "Brahamdagh Bugti is a traitor: Sanaullah Zehri". The Express Tribune. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 

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