Brahamdagh Khan Bugti or Brahumdagh Khan Bugti 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 the year of 2008. The Pakistani government accuses Brahamdagh Bugti of leading the Baloch Republican Army, a separatist group designated as a terrorist organization in Pakistan. He has lived in exile, first in Afghanistan and later Switzerland, since his grandfather was killed in a Pakistani military operation in the year of 2006.
Early life of Brahamdagh Khan Bugti
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. Bugti’s grandfatherAkbar Bugti was killed by Pakistan army in an operation in 2006.
He went into exile in Afghanistan after his grandfather, Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, was killed in a military operation in an area adjascent to Kohlu, Balochistan on 26 August 2006. 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. He formally requested political asylum on 2 February 2011 and was denied asylum on 17 January 2016.
Mr Bugti raise the issue of atrocity committed by Pakistan Army and systematic killing and genocide of Baloch leaders and human rights violation of Baloch People to international community but get inadequate attention from world powers.
In 2016, it was reported that Brahamdagh Bugti had applied for Assylum in India but it was hold on by the government of India However, a report back in 2010 stated he already held an Indian passport. The Pakistani government has accused India of providing aid to Bugti and other Baloch groups it considers terrorists. Pakistani government sources identified Arjun Das Bugti, an associate of his late grandfather, as the funnel through which India funds Bugti and the BRP. 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.