PESHAWAR: Baldev Kumar, Former Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly (MPA) on minorities seat, who was accused of killing Sardar Suran Singh, has reached India and sought political asylum alleging that “even Muslims are not secure in Pakistan.”
Though Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has acquitted Baldev in Suran Singh Murder case, however, an appeal has been filed against the ATC judgment in Peshawar High Court (PHC), where he was summoned to appear on September 30.
While talking to media in India Baldev Kumar alleged that “Minorities in Pakistan face a variety of problems. Not only non-Muslims but even Muslims are insecure,” he told Asian News International. He added that he would not go back to Pakistan in any case and asked India to provide him asylum.
Indian Media is giving huge coverage to the issue to portray that minorities are not safe in Pakistan. However, Baldev’s family is Buner has repudiated threats to Baldev or his family.
His family, in Buner, said that he has cut off relationship with the family since he was released in Suran Singh murder case. He was living in Islamabad and had no contact with brothers in the village “Our relationship with Baldev has come to an after he was accused of killing Surang Singh,” his brother Tilak Kumar told The Pakistan Enquirer. “We have the information that Baldev Kumar and his wife have reached India four month ago along with their children.”
Talking about the allegation of threats, Tilak Kumar said he is not aware of threats faced by Baldev in Pakistan; neither the family nor other religious minorities have ever been warned or harassed by anyone in Buner. Adding, he was an active member of the ruling party, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and was given a lot of respect by the local people.
One of his brothers, Amarnath Singh is employed of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Health Department while Tilak himself is an active activist of PTI and was union council member in local government.
Tilak informed that Baldev Kumar’s daughter was suffering from thalassemia and he had gone to India with his wife and children for her treatment. He said he was very disappointed to hear, via Media, that Baldev Kumar had applied for asylum in another country after leaving home.
Provincial government spokesman Shaukat Yusufzai has told the media his party membership was terminated after Baldev Kumar was accused of killing PTI’s minority MPA Sardar Saran Singh and made it clear that he has no affiliation with the party.