EXCLUSIVE: Nawab Khair Baksh Marri Interview Part II
I wish to deeply thank you for your overwhelming interest in the interview of respectable Baloch leader, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri. The interview was very positively received in various quarters. Certain parts of the interview triggered a debate besides being reproduced by hundreds of newspapers, websites and blogs. In a relatively smaller write-up, I wish to present some of the frequently asked questions that people keep posing about Nawab Marri. Like many of you, I was also curious to seek the answer to these questions. This is not a professional interview. Rather, most of them are randomly put queries. Yet, I am sharing these short questions and their answers.
MALIK SIRAJ AKBAR: Why have you observed so much silence? Why have you not participated in active politics or spoken to the media for so long?
Nawab Khair Baksh Marri: It is not as if that I would deliberately like to keep silence. The problem is that the state as well as its media are intolerant towards my views. When the new constitution of Pakistan was being framed, Khan Abdul Wali Khan gave me his 15 minutes of speech. When I spoke, many people were angry. They protested as to why I could not speak anything except anti-Ayub stuff and things regarding ‘suppression.” Hence, they never allowed me to speak in the National Assembly in the future.
As far as the media is concerned, I have had serious problems with the media. At times, I wish to speak up. If good news is printed then it will benefit the Baloch people. But the problem is whatever I speak to the interviewers is not presented as it is. Mostly, journalists distort my interviews. Later on, I conditioned my interviews with various media organizations with the fact that they would print or broadcast exactly whatever I said.
MSA: Why do you not write your memoirs?
NKBM: I am so impatient when it comes to writing. I can’t write more than two pages. Even if I hardly mange to write two pages then I tear them. Many people have recommended me the same [that I write a book]. They asked me to narrate my life story so that they would write the book for me.
MSA: What do you do you in your free time?
NKBM: I am trying to learn to use computer and internet. I try to write. I am a bad writer. My friends tell me to learn to use the computer as it is very helpful.
MSA: Do you still read Marxist literature?
NKBM: You can’t easily get Marxist literature these days. I read a little though a lot of it that I had was wasted in the meanwhile.
MSA: Which political figure has inspired you the most?
NKBM: There are a lot of people that I have regard and respect for. Different people have inspired me in their capacity. I have been mainly ignited by the views of Lenin and Mao.
MSA: What do you think about the sacrifice of late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti? Now even Bramdugh Bugti has taken to the hills. Do you think the Bugtis are doing enough?
NKBM: No body is doing enough. We have to increase our efforts.
MSA: What is your opinion about the newly formed Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) which rejects parliamentary politics and is headed by Nawabzada Bramdugh Bugti?
NKBM: I have my criticism which I do not wish to publicize or express. Wherever I am personally involved along with my family or Akhtar Mengal’s party then I would like to say more. I still refrain [from commenting]. But since you talked of ‘nationalists’, I would like to debate this. None of these [parties] qualify as ‘nationalists’.
MSA: What do you have to say about Nawabzada Bramdugh Bugti?
NKBM: I have a wish and desire that he matures as a useful leader. He has not had the benefit of training of guerilla warfare]. He didn’t have formal education and specialization. He still has to learn a great deal. He is intelligent but requires proper training.
MSA: What is the ideal Baloch land that you dream for? Is it going to be a socialist state?
NKBM: [LAUGHS]. Right now, we are talking of national liberation. There are a lot of things ahead of us. A book titled ‘The Failed Revolution’ states that the American Revolution was initially intended to be a socialist revolution but later on it resulted into a nationalist or a capitalist revolution. There are many destinations of liberation but right now we are talking of national liberation. My support and ideological inclination is for national liberation.
I think no country in the world is completely independent today. Though it is impractical, yet we wish that the Baloch are not dependent and subservient to anyone.
MSA: Give the geographical location of Balochistan, do you think an independent Balochistan is viable?
NKBM: Yes, it is possible. If you see it in the context of the present situation and the world history then you will come to know that only a handful of countries in the world are truly ‘independent’. Some people say America is independent. The question is to what extent the United States is independent. She [USA] is still not free from class dominance.
MSA: Are all the Baloch clear about their demands?
NKBM: No, not all of us. However, day-by-day we are becoming clear about our demands.
MSA: Are you proud of yourself and your sons for the contributions made for the Baloch land?
NKBM: I have never been proud throughout my life. I don’t think I have sufficiently done my part of the work as a small family. I often say that we Baloch have so many shortcomings that there is no room for being ‘proud’.
MSA: Are you proud to be a Baloch?
NKBM: I am neither proud nor ashamed of being a Baloch. Yet, this is this element of being ashamed.
MSA: Ashamed of what?
NKBM: If you are not serving as much as you would like to then I can say that I am ashamed or indebted [to my land]
MSA: Any memories of the past?
NKBM: Yes, I remember the day when the dead bodies of seven colleagues of Nawab Noroz Khan were being brought to Quetta from a Sukkar jail. They were supposed to be taken to Kalat for burial. All the Baloch leadership, including Sardar Attaullah Mengal, Mir Ghose Baksh Bezinjo, Gul Khan Nasir and I were present. We were asked to make a speech on the occasion. On that day, we saw the magic of Ghosi [Mir Ghose Baksh Bezinjo]. He spoke brilliantly yet tears were streaming from his eyes like rainwater. He was continuously speaking. Believe me it was not one or two drops of tears. When some people cry their throat becomes dried and they can’t speak anymore. On that day, we saw a distinct face of Ghosi. I remember, he was speaking and the tears were coming out like rainwater.