On Tuesday, ex-Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Baldev Kumar, has stated that he had sought asylum in India. Kumar has been staying in his in-laws' residence in Punjab’s Khanna town for over a month. However, he had already sent his wife and two children, including an 11-year-old daughter afflicted by thalassemia to India in March. On this occasion, he spoke to Republic.
Kumar has admitted that he was very worried about his life in Pakistan. He revealed that he did not inform his family about the fact that he was seeking asylum in India. He said that his attempt was to get out of Pakistan in any way possible. The ex-MPA from Pakistan stated that he arrived in India on the day of Eid with great difficulty.
“This is because I was not getting clearance. I have come here secretly. No one is secure in Pakistan. Not just minorities, even Muslims are not safe in Pakistan. While conceding that Pakistan was his motherland, he stressed that Pakistan was being converted into a terrorist state,” he opined.
Kumar has accused Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan of turning Pakistan into a terrorist state. He has requested PM Modi to help people who were coming to India from Pakistan. He had also appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the same. Moreover, he mentioned that an official of the Punjab government had contacted him some time ago.
Special Advisor on Minority Affairs to KP CM Pervez Khattak, Soran Singh, was gunned down near his house in Buner district on April 22, 2016. Immediately, the police arrested Kumar and two others. According to the Pakistani police, Kumar's motive for murdering Singh was the premise that he wanted to replace Singh as the MPA on the reserved seat of Barikot in KP.
Political parties in Pakistan have to nominate members for the reserved seats in the order of priority. Kumar's name was second on the list after Singh. He was nominated by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
An anti-terrorism court in Buner acquitted Kumar of all charges after he spent two years in jail. He was expelled by the PTI and thus, faced resistance to taking the oath in the KP Provincial Assembly. Nevertheless, he finally took the oath and became an MPA. Subsequently, he was not part of any legislature after the 2018 General Elections in Pakistan.