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Baloch Liberation Front
Leader Sher Mohammad Marri
Founded 1964 (1964)
Headquarters Pakistani Balochistan and Iranian Balochistan
Ideology Baluch nationalism

The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) is a political front and militant group founded by Jumma Khan Marri in 1964 in Damascus, and played an important role in the 1968-1980 insurgency in Pakistani Balochistan and Iranian Balochistan. The BLF had support from Arab nationalists leaders.[citation needed]

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From 1968 to 1973, the BLF was supported by Iraq in the Iranian Baluch revolt[citation needed]. Iraq reduced its support after Iranian Baluch leaders made a deal with the Shah of Iran[citation needed]. Iraq kept its ties with Iranian Baluchs and Central Baluchs[citation needed]. In 1973, Iraq supported the Baluchistan Liberation Front in a Central Baluchistan insurgency[citation needed]. In the same year, Pakistani authorities discovered arms in the Iraqi embassy in Islamabad intended for the BLF's use in Balochistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto dismissed the provincial government of Balochistan. The move offended the BLF, who responded by ambushing Pakistani army convoys. Balochistan entered into insurgency, and Pakistan deployed over 80,000 troops in the Baluch region[citation needed].

In 1974, the Pakistani army started a widespread operation in Baluchistan.The militants fled to Afghanistan, where Iraq and the Soviet Union helped the BLF reorganize.

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Study of Revenge: The First World Trade Center Attack and Saddam Hussein's War Against America By Laurie Mylroie

Summary, ISBN 0-8447-4169-8.

  • Political Terrorism: A New Guide to Actors, Authors, Concepts, Data Bases, Theories, & Literature By Albert J. Jongman, Alex Peter Schmid, ISBN 1-4128-0469-8

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