The woman, who carried out suicide attack in Karachi, belonged to an educated family and was pursuing MPhil. 

According to Geo News, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) Majeed Brigade has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The organisation has used a female suicide bomber for the first time.

The family of the bomber was unaware of her activities. However, the family confirmed her identity through a picture published by Majeed Brigade. 

She belonged to Kech district in Balochistan’s Turbat and was married to a doctor. She moved to Karachi along with her husband for higher education and last visited Kech at her sister’s wedding. She was also a teacher in a government school. 

Several members of her family are government officers. Her father was a registrar at the University of Turbat. 

According to Express Tribune, the 30-year-old Shari, aka Baramsh, was active on social media website Twitter.

When she posted a cryptic good-bye message on her Twitter handle some 10 hours before the bombing, no one really knew what she was going to do next.

The message reads: “Farewell and companionship.”

On December 23, 2021, she posted a victory sign with a caption: “I’m not a story that will stay forever. I’ll play my role and exit.”

On December 8, 2021, she shared a quote from Ursula K Le Guin, which read: “You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”

Shari Baloch was a secondary school teacher in her native Kech district in Balochistan. She completed her B.Ed in 2014 and M.Ed in 2018. She did her Master’s in zoology from the University of Balochistan and MPhil from the Allama Iqbal Open University.

She has been absent from school for the last six months. The district education officer had served a show-cause notice on her, but she didn’t respond.

Shari left behind a daughter Mahrosh and a son Meer Hassan – both the children are as old as five.

The family

Her husband Dr Haibatan Baloch is a dentist and professor at Makran Medical College. Her father has served as a director in a government agency. Later, he also served as a member of the district council for three years. Her brother-in-law is a lecturer.

The family is a well-established, highly educated with no previous affiliation with any Baloch insurgent group. One of her uncles is an author, a former professor and human rights campaigner.

It may be difficult to know what exactly provoked her to join the Baloch insurgency, but she remained a member of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Azad) during her student life.

Importantly, none of her family members is missing or subjected to enforced disappearance except a fifth cousin who got killed during a military operation in 2018 in Kech.

A review of her Twitter handle shows that she was well read as shared quotes from such revolutionaries as Ernesto Che Guevara, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and classical and modern writers, authors and poets, including Dante Alighieri, Mark Twain, Robert A Heinlein and Paulo Coelho.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul,” she writes in one Twitter post, dated December 30, 2021.

The tactics to employ a woman in suicide bombings have raised some questions: Is the Baloch insurgency redefining itself? Why use females now in such attacks and not before? Were these women brainwashed or coerced?

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