It is interesting.
If you disagree with Mr. Hyrbyair Marri’s politics, you become labeled an I.S.I. agent.
I thank my lucky stars I am in the U.S. as Baloch militants have massacred countless innocent unarmed civilians, Taliban-style by dubbing them as agents.
I did not like to criticize my former friend, who appears to be one of the most passionate with regards to Balochistan’s secession from Pakistan — to rule over it like Saddam Hussein –, but since he has repeatedly tried to label me as an I.S.I. agent I have the right to respond.
For those who do not know, Mr. Hyrbyair Marri is one of the two Baloch who were charged with terrorism in London. He is also a former education minister of Balochistan, 1996-99. A year later, he was suspected to be the mastermind behind the killing of Balochistan high court judge Nawaz Marri
I hope Mr. Hyrbyair Marri recalls he arrived in Pakistan along with his father on the C-130 military aircraft sent by I.S.I. to Afghanistan. I remember people in Quetta were joyous. As a newsman I also went to the Quetta airport.
I could see the nawab sons on the tarmac. They were in Western, disco dress, wearing earrings. I believe one of them was Mr. Hyrbyair Marri. I was a bit surprised as I thought Nawab sons would be in traditional Marri dress, in the 20-yard baggy trouser called shalwar.
The clothes looked good, but I did not have the faintest idea they were the most expensive designer clothing on earth.
The Baloch who went to Afghanistan to convince the nawab to return, said the top thing on the nationalist leader’s mind was his dogs, not his tribesmen. If I recall correctly, Mr. Hyrbyair Marri was also holding dogs.
Then we came to know from the media the government of Pakistan had given Rs. 200 million for the rehab of the Marri tribesmen. Doctors who visited these Marri tribesmen would curse all the nawabs and sardars of Balochistan. I don’t know why, though you can make a wild guess.
Malnourishment was phenomenal among these tribesmen.
The nawab’s migration from Pakistan to Afghanistan and back meant a change of fortunes for his family– it was a story from rags to riches, in a span of one decade.
In the 1973–77 uprising one of my cousins, a school classmate of President Asif Ali Zardari, was charged by the military with helping the Baloch guerillas. He used to supply rations to the guerillas. Nawab Marri’s eldest son who these days dines with the corps commander of Balochistan, Jangyz Marri, knows about it and might confirm it.
An uncle and another cousin were arrested and tortured. This happened after then premier Z.A. Bhutto, whose elder brother Sikander Bhutto, was a daily visitor to our old family home had offered the largest road project to my late uncles to win them over but they refused.
The most charming Bhutto on earth, Fatima Bhutto, has written about it in her book, Songs of Blood and Sword.
Most journalists would confirm the money given to Nawab Marri was not spent on the rehabilitation of his tribesmen. Mr. Hyrbyair Marri’s estranged eldest brother Jangyz Marri bought a huge bungalow and by the power of gun occupied many homes of the neighbors in Quetta. I thought decent Baloch show respect towards their neighbors; but he behaved like an armed gangster.
However, it does not suit the son of a very highly respected nawab or baron to behave very cheaply. This is my main concern for Mr. Hyrbyair Marri.
The militant outfit he heads Baloch Liberation Army and his supporters have repeatedly called me an I.S.I. agent even though I was not with him on the C-130 aircraft.
I once again apologize to the legendary guerilla leader Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani as I labeled him an I.S.I. agent by believing Mr. Hyrbyair Marri’s story.
Mr. Hyrbyair Marri’s slogan “neither brother nor friend” is a narcissist slogan. Could he please explain how he calls his younger brother Mehran Baluch a thief?
There are many politicians I criticized but none felt so insecure to call me an I.S.I. agent. Many of them are my friends again.
Mr. Hyrbyair Marri brought the biggest ignominy for the Baloch in history when his B.L.A. killed woman professor, Nazima Talib, on April 27, 2010 in Quetta. The woman professor was much loved by all her students as she was a pioneer in journalism education in Balochistan.
Unlike his father, who was at least member of the National Awami Party, Mr. Hyrbyair Marri has never been a member of any major political party. He never struggled for democracy, nor shows any respect for it by rejecting democracy and elections. Many say he can never win an election so the best thing to do is to reject it like the child who fears exams and says he is sick.
It is widely believed he wants Balochistan to secede from Pakistan. But will such secession mean freedom for at least 15 million Baloch people when he is not inclined to show respect for democracy?
In fall 2010 a strange announcement was made by two of his followers that Mr. Hyrbyair Marri is the international representative of Balochistan. The announcement asked all governments and corporations to talk only with him. Huge Balochistan, with nearly 200 tribes and multiple stakeholders, how could it have a single representative? Mr. Hyrbyair Marri defended the announcement as genuine even though the Baloch Republican Party and his younger brother Mehran Baluch rejected the announcement, which was the brainchild of a radio producer from Western (Iranian) Balochistan who is on his payroll.
Mr. Hybyair Marri has no program for the farmers of Balochistan like land reforms. No plan for the workers. He does not have any social agenda at all. Just extreme slogans and rhetoric. If like his father he says he stands for socialism, his lifestyle does not match it.
Mr. Hyrbyair Marri has the mindset of a tribal despot. He wants everyone to answer to him, but is unwilling to answer to anyone. His family members say he is unwilling to listen to his father on matters of politics and policies. He is responsible for turning organizations like Baloch Students Organization Azad and Baloch National Movement into pocket organizations with paid workers.
I have a question that might be embarrassing for Mr. Hyrbyair Marri.
It is an open secret in Pakistan that Imran Khan is the point man of the I.S.I. and the military generals, while Mr. Hyrbyair Marri is supposed to be the biggest enemy of Pakistan from Balochistan? How come Imran Khan was his main defense witness at his terror trial?
Something isn’t right.