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Baloch leader Ghazan Marri returns from exile, gets arrested

QUETTA -UNS : Ghazan Marri, son of late Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, decided to return to the country after 18 years in self-imposed exile, only to get arrested in Quetta along with five of his comrades.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that his remand will be obtained from the court. He said that no deal took place between the government and Ghazan.

Meanwhile, Ghazan’s lawyer Arbab Tahir said that he does not know why Ghazan has been arrested despite the fact that he had obtained protective bail from the court.

Ghazan has earlier served as the home minister of Balochistan. Ghazan’s brother, Harbyar Marri, is the founding head of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which supports a separatist movement in Balochistan and allegedly carries out sabotage activities in the province.

Ghazan himself is accused of Justice Nawaz Marri’s murder in 1999 and facilitating banned militant organisation Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). He, however, has been disowning the outlawed group in the past. Since the murder of Justice Marri, Ghazan left the country and remained in exile.

Earlier, Ghazan said he would face the cases registered against him upon return to the country. “My hands are clean; I’ve nothing to do with BLA,” he said. “I was wrongly booked in the murder case of Justice Nawaz Marri.”

The exiled Baloch leader further said that he had no contact with Brahamdagh Bugti. When asked if he has signed any deal with the establishment, he just said, “I am clean and ready to face any legal action if there is any complaint against me.” Ghazan has six brothers. One of his brothers, Balach died in Afghanistan at the age of 41 in 2007.

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