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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.

Comments (9) Closed

shazand Oct 24, 2012 05:18am
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 Oct 24, 2012 12:07pm
The British High Commissioner and the government must be praised for this gesture.
Asfy Oct 24, 2012 04:37am
what about another person living happily ever after in UK for more than a decade now?
HM, Canada Oct 24, 2012 05:54am
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.
Faisal Oct 24, 2012 05:17am
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
NRI Oct 24, 2012 03:33am
long live Brits. You are finally playing fair. It is your legacy do not divert from fairness. You own a lot to Pakistan.
nayyar51 Oct 24, 2012 05:26am
Among the entire western world, British are the most reasonable nation, as far as their diplomacy and relationship with Pakistan, is concerned.
Khurram Oct 24, 2012 05:25am
Brits - just stop supporting all such people/groups who are destabilizing other countries - period.
imran Oct 24, 2012 10:45am
dont go by their statements nothing will be done against asylum seekers, remember divide and rule still applies