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|Born||January 17, 1966
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Died||November 21, 2007
|Known for||Baloch Liberation Army (BLA)|
Balach Marri (Urdu: مير بالاچ مری) was the leader of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist organization fighting for autonomy of Balochistan province from the state of Pakistan. Balach Marri was the son of the Balochistan politician Khair Bakhsh Marri. Balach Marri's brothers are Hyrbyair Marri, Ghazan Marri, Hamza Marri Mehran Marri and Changez Marri and uncle of emerging Baloch youth leader Ameer hamzah.
Balach Marri qualified as an electronic engineer from Moscow. As was customary during those times, any Baloch students in Russia were cultivated actively and lavishly by the KGB. Balach was one of their success stories.
Creation of BLA
Because of intimate connections with India and Russia, it was no surprise that Balach Marri was picked as the new head of the revived BLA.Therefore, the creation of Balochistan Liberation Army can be attributed to the broader game that was being played in the region in 1980’s and which is currently again in progress in the region. The old players are back but on the opposite sides and hence their instruments of coercion and instability are back in business. BLA is one such tool which is used by these global powers to further their own interests. However, this time their interests are different!
Chairman Baluch Youth Council, Mir Hazar Khan Baluch has said "So Called" Baluch Separatist Leaders Balach Marri and his brother Herbyar Marri are involved in the killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and Justice Muhammad Nawaz Marri, two most prominent Baluch personalities killed in recent years. Addressing a meeting of the Central Council of Baluch Youth, Chairman Mir Hazar Khan Baluch further uncovered that "A Senior Indian Diplomat had recently facilitated a meeting between Herbyar Marri and Barahamdagh Bugti to remove their misunderstanding over the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and counter killing of Balach Marri".Baluch said during the meeting, Barahmdagh Bugti alleged that the person behind taking his Grand Father late Nawab Akbar Bugti to the cave was Balach Marri, brother of Herbyar Marri. He said the cave came down due to a Blast by Remote Control and Balach Marri was standing just outside the cave art the time.
‘AIR STRIKE’: Other sources suggested Balach Marri was killed in an air strike by NATO forces in Gramshar area of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. They believed the Western forces had mistaken Mr Marri and his entourage for Taliban fighters. The sources said Kabul had informed Islamabad about the incident. Nawabzada Balach Marri, who was the youngest son of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, had sought refuge in Afghanistan.