Baloch freedom fighter to interact with Guwahati scribes
N J Thakuria , Guwahati: Baloch nationalist leader Hyrbyair Marri will interact with Guwahati scribes on Wednesday (25 September 2019) where he is expected to narrate the story of Balochistan freedom struggle against Islamabad and probable Indian contributions. The prominent leader of Free Balochistan Movement will be available through video conferencing to the members of Guwahati Press Club from 4 pm onward.
Born in Quetta of Balochistan to the family of veteran Baloch national leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, Hyrbyair completed his early education in Quetta and Kabul (Afghanistan) and then moved to Russia to study journalism. In the Eighties, he moved to Afghanistan along with his father Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and other family members.
He used to visit Hilmand, where Baloch refugees escaping Pakistan’s repression had sought asylum. Hyrbyair returned to Balochistan in the early Nineties. He took part in Balochistan provincial assembly elections in 1997 and won with a majority of votes to become a minister Balochistan provincial government in Pakistan. He was the youngest Baloch minister to decline to pledge loyalty to Islamabad.
Instead of the words ‘I shall remain loyal to Pakistan’ he vowed ‘I shall remain loyal to my Nation’. Hyrbyair was also the first Baloch minister to protest against conducting1998 nuclear tests in Balochistan.
In 1999, he traveled to Europe and sought exile in the UK, the same year General Pervez Musharraf grabbed the power in Islamabad through a military coup and dismissed the Nawaz Sharif government along with all provincial governments.
In early 2000, a Balochistan High Court Judge (Nawaz Marri) was killed by miscreants, but the Musharraf government arrested his father along with many Marri tribesmen. Hyrbyair and his brothers were also implicated in the murder case. On 4 December 2007, Hyrbyair was arrested at the behest of the military government in Islamabad and put him in Britain’s high-security Belmarsh prison.
He is the first Baloch leader, along with Faiz Baluch, ever to serve prison term abroad for the cause of Baloch people. By February 2008 both were acquitted of terrorism charges by the British court. He remains steadfast with his demand for an independent Balochistan. He
is open to the idea of dialogues but continues insisting that the issue of Balochistan’s independence must be a part of such talks.