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Baldev Kumar, ex-PTI MPA, seeks asylum in India

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Baldev Kumar, ex-PTI MPA, seeks asylum in India

Karachi: Baldev Kumar , a former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA from Khyber Paktunkhwa, has sought asylum in India.

The lawmaker has moved to India along with his family and appeared on private TV channels , claiming that minorities were no longer safe in Pakistan.

He urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to fulfill his promise of protecting the minorities since the Sikh, Hindus and Christians had reposed confidence in him.
The 43-old former MPA on reserved seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said he wants political asylum in India as minorities are being persecuted in Pakistan.

According to Indian media reports, Baldev Kumar is presently in India on a three-month visa.

A few months before he arrived in India on August 12, Baldev Kumar sent his wife and their two children to their relatives in Ludhiana’s Khanna,” India Today reported.

He is staying in Khanna, Ludhiana along with his family. Kumar said he will formally seek political asylum in India as he fears for his family’s safety.

Baldev Kumar was accused in the 2016 murder of Soran Singh — the then MPA of his constituency Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

He was declared as the MPA-elect after Singh’s murder.

A day after becoming the MPA, he was arrested for Singh’s murder.

The police claimed that Kumar murdered Singh to take his position.

After spending two years in prison, he was acquitted for want of evidence.