Sher Mohammad Marri

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Sardar Sher Mohammad Marri
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Born Mir Sher Mohammad Marri
1935
Kohlu, Baluchistan Agency, British India
(now in Balochistan, Pakistan)
Died 11 May 1993
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Nationalist, Guerilla Commander and Tribal Elder of Marri Tribe
Years active 1960s–1990
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Religion Muslim

Sher Muhammad (Marri) (Urdu: شير محمد مری‎) was the chief of the Marri Baloch tribe in Pakistan, and an early leader in the Parari movement which would lead to the formation of the Baloch Liberation Army, a militant nationalist group. A Marxist, he had close ties to leftist governments in Kabul and Moscow.

Sher Muhammad Marri was born in Kohlu, Balochistan, India in 1935. He was also known as Babu Shero, Shero Marri, General Sherof and Baloch Tiger.

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Sher Mohammad was the first Baloch who used the tactics of modern guerrilla warfare against the government. In early 1960s his Parari fighters attacked the Pakistani Armed Forces in the Marri area and in Jahlawan under Mir Ali Muhammad Mengal. This campaign came to an end in 1967 with the declaration of a general amnesty.[1]

In 1973 Marri was arrested for his role in the struggles against the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.[2] Upon his release in the late 1970s, Marri went into exile in Pakistan's Marxist neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Following the fall of the Communist Afghan government, Marri briefly returned to Pakistan but he found the Baloch nationalist movement full of schisms and in disarray. Marri died on 11 May 1993 in a Mumbai (then Bombay) hospital, in India, due to illness.[3]

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