Hyrbyair Marri, the fifth son of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, a former national leader and head of one of the largest Baloch tribes in Pakistan, was elected in 1996 to the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan and appointed minister but was later forced to flee Pakistan for Great Britain. Accused of leading the Balochistan Liberation Army — which he denies — Marri was charged and later acquitted of terrorism charges in the U.K. Today, he helms the Free Balochistan Movement, a pro-freedom political party.
By Karlos Zurutuza
OZY sat down with Marri to discuss Pakistani and world politics. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
ANI/UK/24 July 2018: Baloch national leader and head of Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) Hyrbyair Marri has urged the people of Balochistan to boycott the Pakistan general elections.
In a statement, Marri said, “The Balochs should boycott Pakistani elections like the previous one in Balochistan because through these polls, Pakistan will prolong its brutalities and slavery on Balochistan.”
Marri further said that refusing to vote would be the voice of freedom of the Balochs before the world, and urged them to do their utmost to refrain from taking part in the polls.
LONDON: Baloch pro-liberation leader Hyrbyair Marri in a statement from London said that lifting economic and military sanctions on theocratic fascist state of Iran in the name of nuclear deal is tantamount to condoning the Islamic regime’s crimes against humanity. It means disregarding the most basic rights of the nations that are under domination of Iran. This deal is also extremely dangerous for both regional and international peace.
He said America as a democratic country and a signatory of human rights conventions should not ignore unabated atrocities of the Islamic regime of Iran against the Baloch, Kurds, Turks of South Azerbaijan, Arab of Al-Ahwaz, and Turkmens and other religious and ethnic groups in Iran. “Fostering ties with such a state and making deals on nuclear issues will only boost its military and economic power. This pact will leave a big question mark for the civilised nations.”
London: Baloch patriot leader Hyrbyair Marri in a statement from London said that Baloch nation got rid of British occupier and gained their independence on 11 August 1947. The Baloch freedom was short lived as another occupier (the illegitimate creation British) Pakistan, which is devoid of any humanity and rational, moral and historical legitimacy, invaded Baloch motherland only eight months after Balochistan’s independence from Britain. Ever since, this bogus fanatic state has been committing countless war crimes against Baloch people and violating all international laws in the book in Balochistan.
London: Patriot Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri said that Pakistani parliamentary politics and election of occupying state are tantamount to strengthening the roots of occupation and slavery in Balochistan.
He said Pakistan was using its full force, tactic and its allied pro-military Baloch parliamentarians to make the election successful in Balochistan but all their attempt seems to be going in vain. “These parliamentarians have tried their best to create confusion in Balochistan and on international level in the name of national freedom. Today these very same people including Akhtar Mengal, Dr Malik and Jangyz Marri are playing in the hands Pakistan,” Mr Marri said.
Occupied Balochistan: The pro-independence Baloch political parties and student organisations in their separate statements have announced to boycott Pakistani elections in Balochistan.
The patriot Baloch parties that are boycotting the Pakistani elections include the Baloch National Movement, the Baloch National Voice, the Baloch Republican Party, the Baloch Liberation Party, the Baloch Student Organisation – Azad and the Baloch Salvation Front.
London: We have gathered here today to pay our deepest respects to Baloch martyrs of liberation and those who are languishing in the prisons of occupying states of Pakistan and Iran. Their sacrifices are continuation of the legacy of Mir Mehrab Khan Baloch, who was martyred while defending Balochistan on 13 November 1839.
Thousands of Baloch have continued the legacy of Mehrab Khan and his comrades by fighting against the occupiers. The same legacy has been followed by, Bibi Mahtab, Doctor Khalid, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Ahmad Khan Marri over 80 years, Nawab Akbar Bugti and 14 years old Majeed Zehri Baloch, Waheed Baloch and thousands of other Baloch sons and daughters. They all have courageously been defending our homeland and our sacrifices will continue until liberation of our motherland.
The Baloch patriot leader, Hyrbyair Marri, has strongly criticized the Pakistan Media, Judiciary and other institutions, adding that Pakistan has prepared for a full scale military operation in Balochistan against Baloch nation.
The Baloch leader said that Rehman Malik, the federal interior minister of Pakistan, is involved in war crimes in Balochistan. Frontier Corps in Balochistan operates directly under the supervision of Rehman Malik. The FC, MI & ISI also abduct Baloch youth on his orders. The FC’s involvement in extra judicial killings and abductions of Baloch youth was recently proven when the IG police not only presented a video footage to the Supreme Court of Pakistan but he also appeared before the court and gave evidence. Despite this concrete proof, the Baloch youth shown in the video footage being abducted by FC were later killed and dumped.
London: Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister asks Baloch to respect its flag whereas he forgets the fact that Pakistan has desecrated the flag of Balochistan 1948 when it occupied Balochistan and hoisted Pakistan’s flag there. The Pakistani army and bureaucrats should not expect Baloch people to give salutation and respect to Pakistan’s flag. Neither will the Baloch tolerate the flag of any occupiers on their land.
Baloch leader expressed these view in a statement released in DailyTawar, an Urdu daily newspaper in Balochistan. He said the new Prime Minister of Pakistan instead of trying to deceive the Baloch freedom seekers, should worry about his job. Pakistan’s Bureaucrats, security agencies and the rulers have always used media as a tool and tried to mislead the world through their poisonous propaganda. Few days back a Pakistan Army general lieutenant, Omar Farooq, gathered some of his hired people in a conference in Pakistan National Defence University and claimed that 95% Baloch are patriotic Pakistanis and that they don’t want freedom. We want to ask him from where he got these statistics.
London: United Nation should not only be content with its concern about Balochistan but it should physically intervene against the on-going human rights violations like it did in Bosnia Herzegovina and Libya to play its role as a vanguard for Human Rights because further delay in UN and other democratic country’s intervention will deteriorate Balochistan’s already extreme human rights violations. Baloch patriot leader Hyrbybair Marri expressed these view in a statement released to Balochistan national newspapers in relation to the press conference of UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay in Islamabad.
It pertinent to mention that the UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay had express her concern about the grave human rights violations in Balochistan at the end of a four-day visit to Pakistan and regretted not visiting Sindh and Balochistan. She said “disappearances in Baluchistan had become “a focus for national debate, international attention and local despair.”