Karachi University blast: Teacher, mother of 2 kids; Know all about Baloch suicide bomber Shari Baloch

Karachi (Pakistan):

At least four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and several others injured in an April 26 explosion at Pakistan’s Karachi University.

According to reports, the husband of the woman who blew himself up at the university said that her selfless act left her speechless, but she was proud of what she did.

In an emotional message on Twitter, Habitan Bashir Baloch hailed his wife and took pride in her act of defiance against the government of Pakistan.

“Shari Jan, your selfless act has left me speechless but I am also beaming with pride today. Mahroch and Meer Hassan will grow into very proud humans thinking what a great woman their mother was. You will continue to remain an important part of our lives,” Habitan Bashir Baloch posted on Twitter.

The explosion took place at the gate of the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language learning center at the University of Karachi. 

Afghan journalist Bashir Ahmad Gwakh claimed on Twitter that Habitan Bashir Baloch, husband of female suicide bomber Shari Baloch, tweeted from an undisclosed location that he was proud of what his wife has done. 

Who is Shari Baloch?

According to Afghan journalist Bashir Ahmad Gwakh, Shari Baloch was a 30-year-old woman who had a master’s degree in Zoology and an MPhil in education while teaching at a school. Her father is a government employee while her husband is also a dentist. 

According to new reports, she also has two children, eight-year-old Mehrosh and four-year-old Mir Hasan. Gwakh also mentioned on Twitter that the family is well educated and has no links to armed groups. The 30-year-old joined the group two years ago and pursued herself on a self-sacrifice mission.

The separatist Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide attack in Karachi. CCTV footage showed a woman wearing a burqa blew herself up near a van carrying people from China. The BLA said it was the first suicide attack by a woman for the group. The BLA identified the woman as Shari Baloch alias Bramsch and said her sacrifice marked a “new chapter in Baloch resistance history”.

The BLA statement mentioned that Baloch, a resident of Nazar Abad Turbat, was ‘also working as a science teacher in a secondary school. As a student, Shari had been a member of the Baloch student organization and was aware of the Baloch genocide and the occupation of Balochistan.

History of Baloch nationalism in Pakistan: A glance

Balochistan has long sought independence from Pakistan and their anger has been fueled by the multi-billion dollar One Belt One Road (OBOR) project launched by China. While it is the largest province of Pakistan, it is the least developed and a very small percentage of the total population – about 5% – lives there. 

The BLA, operating from Balochistan, has attacked Chinese citizens and interests in the past as well. Over the years, the group has been leading a low-level insurgency against Islamabad and the Pakistani establishment has retaliated with brutal crackdowns on activists, often based on suspicion, thus drawing international condemnation.


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