British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson. — Photo by Dawn

ISLAMABAD: British government may take Baloch leaders living in exile in the United Kingdom to courts for fomenting separatism in Pakistan.

“We have a legislation … we may look at that legislation to take Baloch leaders to courts,” British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson told Dawn on Tuesday.

He said that Britain would like to stop anything destabilising Pakistan. “We are not indifferent to the situation in Balochistan,” he added.

Hyarbyar Marri and a number of other Baloch leaders have been living in exile in the UK and supporting separatist groups.

The UK had last year granted asylum to Mr Marri. His application was initially rejected by the British Home Office on objections raised by Islamabad, but was later accepted.

The high commissioner said it was for Pakistan to sort out the dissidents in its territory.

He urged Pakistan to pursue a political process to resolve the Balochistan crisis and said, “military isn’t the only solution.”

The envoy said the challenge in Balochistan was not as serious as the one in tribal areas.

Responding to a question, he said Pakistan and UK did not have an extradition treaty and, therefore, it was difficult (for the latter) to transfer someone wanted here.

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October 24, 2012 5:18 am
Positive attiuted fromU.K. They should try many person who is in exile and distrubing Pakistan and sending illigal money to U.K.
Iftikhar Husain
October 24, 2012 12:07 pm
The British High Commissioner and the government must be praised for this gesture.
October 24, 2012 4:37 am
what about another person living happily ever after in UK for more than a decade now?
HM, Canada
October 24, 2012 5:54 am
Double Standards... first you give traitors of Pakistan blessings and accept them in UK and then sugar coat it make ordinary Pakistanis happy. If these countries stop hiding traitors most of the problems are solved.
October 24, 2012 5:17 am
I don't believe a bit what the British are saying. They are known for playing double games. The scenario is no different than Turkish issue were number of PKK leaders are living in Germany and Britian and financing terrorist stricks in Turkey. Goal is simple - keep the region in prepetual chaos
October 24, 2012 3:33 am
long live Brits. You are finally playing fair. It is your legacy do not divert from fairness. You own a lot to Pakistan.
October 24, 2012 5:26 am
Among the entire western world, British are the most reasonable nation, as far as their diplomacy and relationship with Pakistan, is concerned.
October 24, 2012 5:25 am
Brits - just stop supporting all such people/groups who are destabilizing other countries - period.
October 24, 2012 10:45 am
dont go by their statements nothing will be done against asylum seekers, remember divide and rule still applies
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