A young Balochistan resistance leader has praised the chief of the Afghan intelligence as a “brother.”
Brahumdagh Bugti, 30, president of the Baloch Republican Party, in an interview with Zeit denied that he was a militant leader involved in terrorism, a charge levelled against him by Islamabad.
“We had to get away from Kabul, it had become too dangerous,” Bugti told the newspaper. “The Afghan intelligence chief was like a brother to me,” Bugti said in his interview.
B.R.P. spokesperson Sher Mohammad Bugti said his leader meant both Amrullah Saleh, former chief of the Afghan spy service, who has solid links in the U.S. intelligence system, and the present chief. English translation of Bugti’s interview was carried on the Facebook page of Sher Mohammad Bugti.
The newspaper said Bugti’s shifting from Kabul to Geneva, Switzerland, was a mystery and that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees office denied playing any role.
However, Bugti was in the good books of the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Analysts believe without the help of at least four nations — India, U.S. Afghanistan and Pakistan — Bugti’s shift to Switzerland would not have been possible.
Zeit reported he reached Switzerland on an Afghan passport..
Well-informed sources say Bugti’s first preference was India, but it appears that the Indians were not ready to give sanctuary to Pakistan’s most wanted man even though Pakistan has given refuge to mafia don Dawood Ebrahim, the top wanted man from India.
An Afghan journalist Nawab Momand helped save Bugti life by rejecting $800,000 that the I.S.I. was willing to give to him if he helped knock out Bugti. Momand informed the media about the grand conspiracy after escaping to India. He is now stranded in New Delhi and awaits shifting to Western safety.
Though it is an open secret in Balochistan that he heads the shadowy Baloch Republican Army –, that carries a similar name to his party –, which is engaged in blowing up gas supply lines and targetting tribesmen loyal to his estranged first cousin, Mir Aali Bugti, the Geneva-based leader has denied any links to the B.R.A..
Baloch human rights activists in the U.S. say they are concerned over the large number of deaths of Bugti tribesmen and have urged Brahumdagh Bugti to end the fratricidal strife with the help of other stakeholders.
Earlier in the year, Bugti distanced himself from a coailtion of pro-independence parties and groups called the Baloch National Front but in stead threw his weight behind the pro-democracy Balochistan National Party headed by Baloch Nelson Mandela Sardar Akhtar Mengal.
Bugti’s ancestral land produces more than $3 billion worth of natural gas each year.