MOSCOW: Self exiled Baloch nationalist leader and intellectual Dr Jumma Khan Marri who has been living in Moscow for the past two decades and has been one of the senior activists of Baloch Separatist movement announced his separation from Baloch Independence Movement.
Dr Jumma Khan Marri, is son of legendary Baloch icon and former guerrilla commander Mir Hazar Khan Marri who was the key leader in the movement and leading the insurgency in the 1970s. Mr Jumma Khan went to Moscow in 1986 for his higher education where he acquired his degree in Medicines and later obtained PhD in Immunology and Allergies in 1998.
He possesses huge following among Baloch Diasporas residing in various countries of the world. It is widely believed that he had designed the movement’s flag. According to media reports, Dr Jumma Marri made the announcement on 17 February 2018 in an event organized by local Baloch Community in Moscow to celebrate Pakistan Unity Day under the slogan ‘’united we stand, divided we fall’’.
He announced launch of his organization ‘’Overseas Pakistani Balochi Community’’ and vowed to expose evil designs of movement leaders like Brahamdagh Bugti, Hyrbyar Marri and Mehran Marri at all forums abroad.
He pledged to bring back all misguided and innocent Baloch residing abroad on political asylum and resolve their problems by peaceful dialogue. He also extended his invitation to renowned separatist Khan of Kalat for joining and supporting his organization.
Dr Marri also announced the names of other officeholders of OPBU Russian chapter, which were: Chief Coordinator Shahnawaz Baloch, Baloch Unity K-P Coordinator Noor Habib Shah, Baloch Unity Sindh Coordinator Syed Ali Kamran Zaidi, Baloch Unity Punjab Coordinator Chaudhry Zahid Sohail and affiliated organizations, including Pakistan Community Russia (Mil Ker Pakistan) headed by Malik Shahbaz.
The official website of the organization was also launched. The event ended with the National Anthem of Pakistan and slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan and has geostrategic significance. The province has seen uprisings since Pakistan became Independent in 1947.The latest phase began in 2006. Few groups involved in fighting against the security forces are led by the some Tribal leaders who accuse the state of denying the Province’s people rights and extracting its resources to fuel development in the country.