Karachi: Veteran Baloch pro-freedom leader and former Member of National Assembly Nawab Khair Bukhsh Marri has been hospitalised in Karachi on Friday. He has been shifted to the Liaqat National Hospital Karachi and being treated in ICU.
Source close to Nawab Marri reported that his condition remains serious and nobody has been allowed to speak to him so far. A private TV reporter added that his family is planning to take him abroad for treatment.
86- year old Baloch national Nawab Khair Bukhsh is chief of Marri tribe of Baloch nation. Nawab Marri has spent most of his life time in exile and in prisons but he never compromised on his principles for Baloch rights and ownership of Baloch land. He openly supports armed struggle for Baloch independence on every forum, but denies being leader of ongoing militant movement in Balochistan.
Marri thrice escaped from conspiracies of assassination. He was imprisoned time and again. In general Ayoub’s regime he stood with firm stance against state power and recognised as Baloch rights defender.
In 1973, with his fellow politicians he denied to sign on constitution of Pakistan. After nine months Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto dissolved provincial government of National Awami Party and jailed Baloch leaders including Nawab Marri. Bhutto had much aversive to Khair Bukhsh Marri and conspiracy weaved to poison him in jail but the wicked plan failed.
In 2000 during General Musharraf dictatorship Nawab Marri was arrested allegedly involved in murder case of Justice Nawaz Marri. However, the main reason behind his arrest was political because he had refused to allow the military to excavate natural resources in Marri area.
Each time when Nawab Marri was presented to a court, he was never asked a single question related to case of Justice Nawaz Marri. Source says even in prison the military tried to negotiate with him on Balochistan’s political situation but Mr Marri refused to talk to them.
The veteran Baloch leader of Baloch nation was eventually released in 2001 after an ordeal of 18 months. Since his release from prison Nawab Marri remained in Balochistan and continued to advocate for the freedom of Balochistan.
Meanwhile Nawab Marri’s well-wishers and Baloch activists around the world have shown their concern about the illness of Mr Marri and have urged the nation to pray for the quick recovery of him.
Courtesy: Balochistan point and Balochwarna