Pakistan may face EU sanctions over rights abuses in Balochistan

(From agencies)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Baluchistan gambit seems to be finally working with the European Union hinting at sanctions on Pakistan if it fails to stop human rights violations in Balochistan, ANI reports.


Free Balochistan Movement members holding a protest against Pakistan outside the UN headquarters in New York

Joining a silent vigil in Geneva to highlight the atrocities and loss of human lives in the restive region,  European Parliament’s vice president Ryszard Czarnecki said the 28-member Union may impose economic and political sanctions on Islamabad if it does not change its attitude towards Balochistan.

Expressing support to the people of Balochistan, Czarnecki said Pakistan is showing two faces, an open face to the world and a brutal one to its own people as in the case of the oppressed Balochs.

The military is controlling the federal government which, hence, has no control over the situation in Balochistan, he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif warned India that by granting asylum to Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, New Delhi will become an official sponsor of terrorism, PTI reports.

Asif was responding to reports which said India’s home ministry was reviewing Bugti’s application seeking political asylum.

Bugti, who has been living in Switzerland, approached the Indian Embassy in Geneva on Tuesday seeking asylum and exuded confidence of a positive response from New Delhi.

Bugti is the President and founder of Baloch Republican Party. The decision of seeking asylum was taken at a meeting of the party on Sunday in Geneva.

Bugti is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader killed by the Pakistani army in 2006.

Pakistan government had blamed India for helping Bugti flee Pakistan to Geneva in 2010 via Afghanistan.

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