- Ex legislator of Imran Khan’s PTI seeks asylum in India
- Alleges violation of the minorities’ human rights in Pakistan
- Pakistan Army and ISI dictate terms to Imran, he says.
New Delhi: Even as Pakistan is trying to ratchet up in the United Nations the issue of alleged human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir, a former legislator from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has sought asylum in India, on the grounds that minorities in the neighbouring country are being deprived of their human rights.
This came at a time when Opposition parties, condemning human rights violations in Balochistan, Sindh, Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and other areas, have announced a “March on Islamabad” in October.
Baldev Kumar (43), along with his wife and two children, came to India last month and is at present staying at Khanna in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.
When asked why he came to India, Kumar said, “The whole world is watching what the situation in Pakistan now is. We were expecting from PM Khan that the fate of Pakistan will change under him but he failed.
“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,” said Kumar.
Hitting out at the Pakistan PM, Baldev Kumar said Khan has failed to protect his people, especially the minorities. He alleged that the Pakistan Army and ISI dictate terms to Khan.
Kumar regretted massive religious persecutions by state and non-state agencies in Pakistan. That was why he brought with him other family members from Pakistan.
Kumar was a former Member of the Provincial assembly (MPA) from Barikot seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
India has expressed concern over the incidents of forced conversion and asked the neighbouring country to take remedial actions to stop it.