A former MLA from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Baldev Kumar, has seeked political asylum from the Indian Government.
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 now, some 100 km from state capital Chandigarh.
The 43-year-old Baldev Kumar, was elected a MLA from Barikot (reserved) seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, Pakistan.
“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,” Kumar said while speaking with reporters in Khanna.
He says he won’t go back to Pakistan, and added that he expectations from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan but he “changed” after winning the elections.
“I came here with my full conscious mind. I am requesting (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi saab to grant me asylum and provide me security. My brothers are there (in Pakistan). Many Sikh and Hindu families want to immigrate to India. Gurdwaras are in bad shape. There is no respect for the minorities. There are cases of forcible conversion and such acts should not happen. A case of forcible conversion of a Sikh girl to Islam came to light recently,” he added.
Baldev Kumar was charged for the murder of a colleague a Sikh MLA Sardar Soran Singh in 2016 back in Pakistan. Soran Singh was also an MLA from Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Baldev Kumar orchestrated Singh’s murder due to political rivalry, and hired paid assassins for the purpose.
Source : Various