Swistzerland slaps ‘entry ban’ on Mehran Marri

Switzerland: Swiss government on Thursday slapped entry ban on self exiled Baloch leader Mehran Marri which is valid for ten years. According to the credible sources, the Swiss government placed this ban on the request of Pakistani government which handed over a dossier to the government of Switzerland alleging that Mehran Marri has links with militant groups in Balochistan.

Mehran Marri was stopped by the immigration officers on his arrival at the Zurich airport with his wife and four children on Thursday. Swiss foreign ministry officials met him and handed him over a dossier of 8 pages explaining why his immigration into Switzerland will not be allowed. “lifetime entry ban” on Mehran Marri was placed on 9th of November, The News reportd. The source said that Mehran Marri has the right to appeal against decision of the Swiss government but “for now his entry is banned”.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has been in touch with the Swiss authorities about Mehran Marri and his brother-in-law Brahumdagh Bugti who lives permanently in Geneva on asylum. Both had announced that they will hold a major conference on Balochistan in the Swiss capital on 18th of November to bring together various Baloch leaders from Europe to announce a joint strategy.

Pakistan Foreign Office told this scribe that the “dossiers” given to the Swiss government have full account of activities of both Brahumdagh Bugti and Mehran Baloch. He said that action against Mehran Marri was important.

Mehran Marri, a leading figure in Baloch nationalism, has always insisted that he has never been involved in militancy and has no link with the BLA. He says he has only supported only political struggle and has never been charged on the complaints against him.

Mehran Marri, a British national, has been holding events regularly in Geneva and Brussels and has been active at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for nearly two decades. His entry ban deals a blow to his activism. He has been previously arrested in London but released without any charge.

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