Prominent Balochi language poet, Mubarak Qazi, known for his revolutionary literary contributions to the Baloch liberation movement , passed away on Saturday morning in Turbat, Balochistan at the age of 67. The news of his passing was confirmed by young Balochi language poet Asghar Mohram, who informed that Qazi passed away at Babu Alam’s residence in Singani Sar. He was later laid to rest in his ancestral area.
Qazi was born on December 24, 1956, in the Pasni region of Makran, in the house of Amanullah, and had been a prominent figure in the Balochi literature for over half a century. Affectionately referred to as Abba Qazi, he held a distinct and revered position in the world of Balochi poetry, earning immense love and respect from the public throughout his lifetime.
His early education began at Pasni High School. In 1972, he moved to Karachi to further his studies at Sindh Muslim College. Unfortunately, financial constraints forced him to temporarily halt his studies, prompting a return to his native Pasni to join his family business. In 1978, he reignited his pursuit for education, earning a BA degree from Urdu Arts College, and later successfully completed his Masters in International Relations from Balochistan University in Quetta.
Qazi’s journey wasn’t without hardships. His revolutionary poetry, a vocal critique of perceived state injustices and economic exploitation in the region, led to imprisonment, assassination attempts, and bomb blasts targeting his residence.
Over the course of his life, Qazi became a notable poet, writing extensively in the Balochi language. His literary pieces often echoed the sentiments of the Baloch resistance movement, instilling deep patriotism among the Baloch youth. Some of his popular works even dealt with the changing demographics of cities like Gwadar and Quetta. His prominent poetry collections include “Sabzain Sawad,” “Hani Mani Maten Watan,” and many other revered works that brought about a significant transformation in the Balochi language, giving it a new and vibrant form.
Mubarak Qazi’s poetry has not only been a cornerstone in fostering a deep sense of patriotism among the Baloch populace but has also been embraced by numerous Balochi singers who transformed his poems into soul-stirring songs. His poetry played a pivotal role in shaping Balochi literature and language, offering a powerful lesson of patriotism and representing a beacon of resistance.
Qazi’s passing has sent ripples through both the literary world and the Baloch populace. Many regard Qazi’s contributions as irreplaceable, leaving behind a rich legacy of resistance poetry that will resonate profoundly in the hearts of the Baloch nation for decades to come. His undying dedication and hard work have cemented his place as a revered figure in Balochistan, forever remembered with deep respect and affection.