Exiled Baloch nationalist leader Brahumdagh Bugti said in a statement that a meeting of “all” Baloch political leaders including Nawab Mehran Marri, Mir Javed Mengal, Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri, Sardar Bakhtiyar Khan Domki and Waja Hammal Haider is due in near future, according to the web site of his party Baloch Republican Party.
Bugti’s statement followed a news item in a Punjab-based newspaper The Daily Times that falsely claimed that the militant leaders were getting together “to fight for provincial autonomy.”
Observers point out the meeting of feudal lords that is taking place in Geneva on November 18, though long overdue, is a step in the right direction and essential if the Baloch leaders want international donors to help their cause.
Bugti said that “meetings were also held in the past, but no details were made public, after consensus with all stakeholders, to avoid state propaganda; however, the state-controlled media is desperately trying for disclosure of detail of any kind in this regard by its negative propaganda.”
Nawab Bugti further said that a report was published in Pakistan media regarding the upcoming meeting which stated that “BRP was ready to struggle for a provincial autonomy” which was a misquotation, false report and attempt to spread confusion, adding that “We strongly disown this report which shows that Pakistan and its media are frightened by Baloch unity.”
He said that the meeting of Baloch leaders is aimed at promoting unity and cooperation for the noble cause of an independent Balochistan.
Bugti said there were differences among Baloch leaders on several issues in the past, but now is the need of the hour to overcome those differences and unite the Baloch leadership. He hoped that his party efforts will bring fruition in the form of unity.
Interestingly, at least five of the feudal lords assembling in Geneva on November 18 are relatives: Hyrbyair Marri and Mehran Marri are real brothers; the Marris are brothers-in-law of Javed Mengal; While Brahumdagh Bugti is brother-in-law of Mehran Marri and Sardar Bakhtiar Domki.
Common Baloch folks have always complained the parasitical sardars and nawabs act as judge, jury and executioner for the majority. These sardars also don’t seem to answer to anybody for their deeds.
For example, the feud between the Marri brothers over freedom resources has claimed the lives of nearly four dozen seasoned Marri fighters, according to Marri sources. Many were killed for disobeying orders as they opposed the infighting between the brothers and refused to turn their gun on their own.
The eldest among the victims was Rahamdil Marri, 75. “He was abducted and starved to death,” said Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri. “Niaz Muhammad Marri was against the internal war. He was target killed.” At least four of the victims were relatives of the late cigar-smoking guerrilla leader Sher Mohammad “General Sheroff” Marri.
It is unlikely the Marri brothers feel obliged to answer to any Baloch for the senseless fratricide. However, since they live in the West it is not clear how they will face scrutiny of human rights organizations, like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, for the avoidable killings.
While their eldest brother Jangyz Marri is already government minister in Balochistan a second brother Gazain Marri recently returned to Pakistan to prepare for elections next year. Marri brothers kept mum over their elder brother’s decision to return to Pakistan’s mainstream politics, after ending 18 years of exile in UAE.
The net financial worth of all the feudal lords meeting in Geneva is at least $100 million. Two-and-half years ago, Brahumdagh Bugti told The News International that he inherited $100 million from his grandfather, former governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Bugti. Just three days after the news was published, his uncle Nawabzada Talal Bugti died of a heart attack; he presumably died out of shock as he did not inherit much from his dad’s enormous wealth.
It is true some of the feudal lords meeting in Geneva are among the richest in Balochistan whereas their tribesmen are poorest, don’t have enough to eat and suffer from malnutrition