Ex-Legislator of Pak PM Imran Khan’s Party Seeks Asylum in India
Baldev Kumar, a former legislator from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, on Tuesday, 10 September, sought asylum in India, claiming that minorities were deprived of their rights in the neighbouring nation.
Kumar (43), along with his wife and two children came to India last month and is presently staying at Khanna in Punjab's Ludhiana district.
When asked why he left his country and came to India, Kumar said, "the whole world is watching what the situation in Pakistan now. We were expecting from (Pakistan PM Imran) Khan Sahib that when he came (to power), the fate of Pakistan will change,” he said, claiming Imran failed to do so.
“You are watching the situation (in Pakistan) and I am also watching the same. That day, our Sikh girl was kidnapped. Such things should not take place,” Kumar told ANI.
Notably, in Pakistan's Punjab province, a teenage Sikh girl, the daughter of granthi (priest) of a Gurdwara there, was abducted and converted to Islam at gunpoint before she was married to a Muslim man, her family had alleged.
A video of the girl's family had gone viral on social media in which one of her family members had alleged that a group of men attacked their house and she was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam.
He told ANI, “Had minorities been getting rights in Pakistan, such situation should not have arisen.”
He further said that he has also requested his other family members to leave Pakistan.
Kumar was a former Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) from Barikot seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
Kumar was charged for the murder of Soran Singh, the then advisor to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister in 2016, but was acquitted by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the same year. Besides Kumar, five other suspects were also acquitted in the same case due to lack of evidence, reported Dawn.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI, Dawn).
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