Sher Mohammad Marri (Balochi: میر شير محمد مری) was the chief of the Marri Baloch tribe in Pakistan, and an early leader in the Parrari 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.[2]

Sher Mohammad Marri
Sher Mohammad Marri

Died11 May 1993
Years active1960s–1990
Known forMilitancy, guerilla warfare



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



Sher Mohammad was the first Baloch to use 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.[3]

In 1973, Marri was arrested for his role in the struggles against the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.[4] Upon his release in the late 1970s, Marri went into exile in Pakistan's Marxist neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.[citation needed] Following the fall of the Communist Afghan government in April 1992, Marri briefly returned to Pakistan but then he went to India. In his last few years, Sher Mohammad Marri saw the cause of Baloch nationalism evaporating. The Baloch nationalist movement was full of schisms and in a state of disarray. The Baloch nationalist became divided after a bitter dispute broke out between Sher Mohammad Marri and Khair Bakhsh Marri.[1]

On 11 May 1993, Sher Mohammad Marri died in a hospital, in New Delhi, India.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary Sher Mohammed Marri". The Independent. 18 May 1993.
  2. ^ Mylorie, Laurie (2001). Study of Revenge: The First World Trade Center Attack and Saddam Hussein's War Against America. American Enterprise Institute, 2001. p. 71. ISBN 0844741698. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ Farhan Hanif Siddiqi (4 May 2012). The Politics of Ethnicity in Pakistan: The Baloch, Sindhi and Mohajir Ethnic Movements. Routledge. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-1-136-33696-6.
  4. ^ Asian Recorder. K. K. Thomas at Recorder Press. 1973. p. clxxviii.