On Monday June 10th 2014 Chief of the Marri Tribe and “Father of the Nation” Nawab Khair Baksh Marri “Baba Marri” passed away. After falling critically ill earlier last week, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was admitted to the ICU at the Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi on Friday. Despite being in a coma, a few days later it was reported that he was “recovering” and was shifted a normal ward. Soon thereafter the 86 year old Nationalist Leader died as a result of an alleged brain hemorrhage. Thousands of mourners attended today’s funeral in New Kahan, Balochistan, to pay their respects to a brave and heroic Baloch Leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri. A Condolences gathering is also being held in West London today, tomorrow and Saturday. For more details about venue please contact Faiz Baluch at 07540591477 or Nobat Marri at 07581438936
As well as a Beloved Baloch Nationalist Hero, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was a loving father of 6 sons; among whom are Prominent Nationalist Leader Hyrbyair Marri, Esteemed Balochistan Representative at the UN Mehran Marri, Legendary Baloch Freedom Fighter and Guerilla Commander Shaheed Balach Marri (Martyred by Pakistan Forces in 2007), Gazzin Marri, Hunza Marri, and Jangyz Marri. Hyrbyair, Mehran, Gazzin, & Hunza have all been forced to live in exile as a result of the ISI’s wicked campaign of enforced abductions and extra judicial executions of political activists. Jangyz opted for a lucrative career in the Occupational State Government with PML-N.
Born in Kohlu, Balochistan, on February 28th 1928, Khair Baksh Marri was a natural scholar. He attended college at Aitchison College in Lahore. At the age of 22, Khair Baksh Marri was appointed as the Chief of the Marri tribe. Soon thereafter Ayub Khan imprisoned the young Nawab along with several other Baloch tribal leaders and attempted to install a government sponsored Sardar. Marri tribesmen rejected the appointed Sardar refusing to accept anyone other than Nawab Khair Baksh Marri.
In 1962 Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was elected to the National Assembly. Afterwards he joined the National Awami Parti and quickly ascended the ranks to become the Balochistan chapter president. In the 1970’s Khair Bkash Marri was re-elected to the National Assembly as well as the Provincial Assembly. During the reign of civilian dictator Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto asked Nawab Khair Baksh Marri to serve as Governor of Balochistan under his regime, but Nawab Khair Baksh Marri refused to participate in the oppression of his people and plunder of Baloch lands. After refusing to sign the constitution in 1973, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto imprisoned Nawab Khair Baksh Marri along with several other prominent Baloch political leaders. Nawab Khair Baksh Marri remained imprisoned until 1977 during which time Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto conducted a series of vicious military operations in Balochistan. After military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq toppled Zulfiqar’s regime, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was released from prison.
Upon his release, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri went into exile. Nawab Khair Baksh Marri spent time in France, and the United Kingdom, but eventually settled in Afghanistan. In 1993 he returned to Pakistan and formed a political party called the Haq Tawar (Voice of Truth). During this time Nawab Khair Baksh Marri educated Baloch youth and promoted a Baloch National Identity. The outspoken activist demanded the Baloch be afforded their basic right of self determination. Soon after General Musharraf’s coup, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was again arrested, this time on charges of murdering Justice Khuda Baksh Marri. Due to lack of evidence, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri was eventually released. After his release, the veteran political activist and nationalist leader settled in Karachi where he continued his tireless efforts promoting a Free and Sovereign Balochistan. Nawab Khair Baksh Marri’s remained dedicated and vigilant despite a life of fierce persecution and hardship. May his legacy endure throughout the ages, inspiring others to continue the struggle for freedom.
“Our movement has constantly been making headway. We are unlikely to compromise on anything less than the freedom of the Baloch nation. We are optimistic to achieve our goals, though gradually.” – Nawab Khair Baksh Marri (from a 2008 Interview with The Baloch Hal editor-in-chief Malik Siraj Akbar)