Brahumdagh Bugti

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Brahumdagh Bugti
براہمدغ خان بگٹی
Personal details
Born Dera Bugti, Balochistan
Political party Baloch Republican Party
Alma mater Sibi University of Balochistan
Religion [Islam]
Website [1]

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

Early life[edit]

Brahumdagh Bugti was born in 1982 to Rehan Khan Bugti, the fourth son of Akbar Bugti. Rehan died a short time after Brahumdagh's birth so he was raised by his grandfather.[2]

Exile[edit]

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.[1] Brahumdagh survived multiple attempts on his life in Afghanistan which Al Qaeda and the Taliban carried out but 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.[3] He formally requested political asylum on 2 February 2011 and was denied asylum on 17 January 2016.[4]

The Pakistani government has accused India of providing aid to Bugti and other Baloch groups it considers terrorists.[3] He has Pakistani and Indian citizenship and allegedly Afghan citizenship as well. Pakistani government sources identified Arjun Das Bugti, an associate of his late grandfather, as the funnel through which India funds Bugti and the BRP.[5][6][7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Salim Çevik (2013). Pakistan Siyasetini Anlama Kılavuzu. SETA. p. 73. 
  3. ^ a b Carlotta Gall (23 August 2011). "Pakistan's Bitter, Little-Known Ethnic Rebellion". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Switzerland rejects Brahamdagh Bugti’s asylum plea". Daily Times. 17 January 2016. 
  5. ^ 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 
  6. ^ Abubakar Siddique (22 July 2010). "Burning issues in troubled Balochistan". Asia Times. 
  7. ^ Qaiser Butt (3 October 2015). "On the run: Brahamdagh's asylum in Switzerland opposed". The Express Tribune. 
  8. ^ Mangal Baagh, Fazlullah, Brahamdagh most-wanted terrorists. Nation.com.pk (2011-10-06)
  9. ^ Balochistan separatist leaders travel on Indian passports: Khawaja Asif. thenews.com.pk
Preceded by
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti
Tumandar of Bugti Tribe
2006 - Present
Succeeded by
Present

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