Balach Marri

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Nawabzada Balach Marri
Born January 17th 1966
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died November 21, 2007(2007-11-21) (aged 41)
Afghanistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Fighter
Known for Fighting for the independence of his ancestral Balochistan

Balach Marri (Urdu: مير بالاچ مری‎) was the leader of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a militant organization fighting for the secession of Balochistan from Pakistan and Iran, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the Government of Pakistan.[1]

Balach Marri was the son of the Pakistani politician Khair Bakhsh Marri. Balach Marri's brother Ghazan Marri (Gazain Marri) is also a prominent politician.

War and escape[edit]

Mir Balach Khan Marri is said to have been the military mastermind behind the Baloch rebels. Observers say the uprising will now be in trouble with the rebels' as the operational leader diedThe son of one of Balochistan's premier tribal chiefs, Nawab Khair Bux Marri, Mir Balach Marri was a committed nationalist. He resigned from the provincial parliament in 2003, complaining that Balochistan was still being deprived of its rights.The province is Pakistan's largest, and its richest in natural resources. It has some of the biggest proven reserves of natural gas in the world.There are also large deposits of gold, copper and other minerals.The rebels say most of these resources are appropriated by the federal government, while locals are denied employment in regional projects. All development indexes show Balochistan as the least developed of Pakistan's four provinces.

Death[edit]

Balach Marri was killed in Afghanistan on 20 November 2007 allegedly by Pakistan's military and secret intelligence agency ISI.

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