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Hyrbyair Marri (Urdu: حیربیار مری ‎) (born 1968) is a Baloch nationalist activist from the Pakistani provice of Balochistan. He is the fifth son of the Baloch nationalist leader Khair Bakhsh Marri. As of 2017, he resides in London.[1]

Hyrbyair Marri
Hyrbyair Marri speaking to media in London during a protest.
Personal details
Born Hyrbyair Marri
(1968-01-13) January 13, 1968 (age 50)
Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan
Relations Khair Bakhsh Marri (father)
Changez Marri (brother)
Balach Marri (brother)
Ghazan Marri (brother)
Mehran Baluch (brother)
Hamza Marri (brother)
Alma mater Moscow State University

Early lifeEdit

Hyrbyair was born in Quetta as the fifth son of Khair Bakhsh Marri, the sardar of the Marri tribe. Hyrbyair's elder brothers are Changez Marri, Balach Marri, Ghazan Marri and Hamza Marri; his younger brother is Mehran Baluch. In 1980 he came to the United Kingdom with his family, before they moved to Afghanistan in 1981 during General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq's regime.[2] He completed his early education in Pakistan and Kabul, Afghanistan and then moved to Russia for higher education.

Political activities & asylumEdit

Marri returned to Pakistan in 1992. His father was too old to start a new political struggle so his brother Balach Marri took his father's place. In 1996, Hyrbyair was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan and was appointed Education Minister of the province. In 2000, Balochistan Police arrested and charged his father with the murder of Balochistan High Court justice Nawaz Marri; Hyrbyair left Pakistan for Britain at this time.[3][4]

The government of Pakistan alleges that Marri is the leader of the Balochistan Liberation Army, which is designated a terrorist organization by Pakistan and the United Kingdom, but he was tried and acquitted of terrorism charges by a British court in 2009.[5] The British government granted his request for political asylum in 2011.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Khan, Amir (1 October 2017). "Pakistan to move Interpol for arrest of Hyrbyair, Brahumdagh". The Express Tribune. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. 
  2. ^ Khan, M Ilyas (11 June 2014). "Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri dies". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2017-08-13. 
  3. ^ Conflict in Balochistan: Report of HRC Fact-Finding Missions, December 2005-January 2006 (PDF) (Report). Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. August 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b Shah, Murtaza Ali (30 January 2011). "Hyrbyair Marri wins political asylum case". The News International. Archived from the original on 2018-04-22. 
  5. ^ Bennett-Jones, Owen (16 January 2015). "Will the UK and Pakistan co-operate on security interests?". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2016-02-01.