Activist Baloch found dead in Toronto-ANI


Toronto [Canada], December 22 (ANI): Karima Baloch, an activist who spoke out loud about the Pakistani army and the government’s atrocities in Balochistan, was found dead in Toronto, Canada, according to the Balochistan Post.
Karima was a Canadian refugee and was named by the BBC as one of the 100 most “inspiring and influential” women in the world in 2016.
She went missing on a Sunday and was last seen around 3pm the same day. Toronto police asked for public help in locating it. However, now her family has confirmed that Karima’s body has been found.
Karima Baloch, a celebrity in Balochistan, is considered a pioneer of women’s activism. She also raised the issue of Balochistan at UN sessions in Switzerland.
In an interview in May 2019, she accused Pakistan of taking resources and eliminating the population of Balochistan, a province of great geostrategic importance and huge untapped reserves of natural resources.
The Balochistan Post reported that the activist’s sudden death caused serious concern.
This is not the first time a dead Pakistani dissident has been found. Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain was found dead in Sweden in May. He has been missing in Uppsala since March 2.
The dissidents and critics of the Pakistani authorities who live in exile are in constant fear as criticism of the Pakistani military has always been welcomed. People who criticize the military and its policies are harassed by agencies.
Balochistan is a troubled province where the Pakistani military is accused of gross human rights violations, including kidnapping and killing innocents.
The resource-rich Balochistan has been under the rebellion for over 15 years. Family members and relatives of Baloch political leaders and workers have always faced state brutality and barbarism in Balochistan.
There have been several instances where Pakistani security forces have operated on individual homes, physically attacked innocent women and children, and relied on extrajudicial death squads to subjugate Baloch civilians.
Thousands of Baloch political activists fled Balochistan to avoid persecution and were forced to apply for asylum in European countries; journalists and human rights activists are among these asylum seekers. (OR)

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