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Former Pakistan MLA of Imran Khan’s party seeks asylum in India

Baldev Kumar

Chandigarh |  Former MLA from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Baldev Kumar, has sought asylum from New Delhi.

He has been staying with his wife Bhavana and two children in his in-laws’ house in Punjab’s Khanna town for over a month.

“Minorities in Pakistan are not feeling secure and they have been denied rights. There is an increase in atrocities and target killings. I was put behind bars for two years,” the former MLA from Barikot (reserved) seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly told reporters in Khanna, some 100 km from state capital Chandigarh.

He has refused to back to Pakistan.

“I came here with my full conscious mind. I am requesting (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi saab to grant me asylum and provide me security,” he said.

Kumar has claimed that minorities are being targetted in Pakistan. Kumar also cited that recently, a party leader was brutally killed for political reasons and corroborated the recent case of forceful conversion of a Sikh girl to Islam.

“Not only minorities but even Muslims are not safe there (Pakistan). We are surviving in Pakistan with a lot of difficulties. I request the Indian government to give me asylum here. I will not go back,” he told news agency ANI.

He has claimed that many Sikh and Hindu families want to immigrate to India.

He said he had expectations from Imran Khan but he too changed after winning the election.

Talking to a news publication, Kumar alleged that Imran Khan had failed to deliver on his promise of ‘Naya Pakistan’. Kumar further claimed that atrocities against minorities in Pakistan had increased further after India decided to abrogate Article 370.

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