Nawab Khair Baksh Marri Passes Away


nawab-marri-1KARACHI: The veteran Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri passed away on Tuesday. He was 86.

Mr. Marri was considered as the greatest inspiration for the free Balochistan movement.

He passed away in a hospital in Karachi where he had been admitted recently due to worsening health issues. The late leader is the father of Nawabzada Hairbayar Marri, the alleged head of the Baloch Liberation Army (B.L.A.) and Nawabzada Jangiz Marri, a provincial minister in Dr. Malik Baloch’s Balochistan government.

Mr. Marri was the head of Balochistan’s largest tribe, the Marris. He was a Marxist in his political views and remained affiliated with the defunct National Awami Party (N.A.P). He constituted the popular troika of Baloch nationalist leaders, the others being Mir Ghose Baksh Bizenjo and Sardar Attaullah Mengal, Balochistan’s first elected chief minister.

Mr. Marri had migrated to Afghanistan during Pakistan’s deadly military operation against the Balochs in 1970s.

After his return from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Mr. Marri completely abandoned the Pakistani politics and called for a free Baloch homeland. In spite of repeated attempts by various governments to negotiate with him. Mr. Marri did not give up his demand for a free Baloch country.

Courtesy: Baloch Hal

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