New Delhi: Karima Baloch, renowned Baloch activist and a strong critic of Pakistan Army and ISI, who had sent a Rakhi message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016, has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in Toronto.
Karima Baloch, the 35 year old Baloch leader, was last seen on December 20 before she disappeared. Her body was recognized by her husband and brother.
After being hounded by Pakistan Army and ISI in Balochistan, she escaped to Canada in 2015 and became a refugee. She had escaped a Pakistani military attack on the town of Tump and stayed underground for nearly a year before escaping to Toronto. Karima attended the Amnesty International’s ‘Rights for Rights’ event to raise awareness of the world community about abductions and disappearances in Balochistan. She was also named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women.
In 2016 in a video message she had wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and sought his help in addressing the plight of people of Balochistan. In her video message she said his (Prime Minister Modi’s) ‘’sisters of Balochistan’’ would fight their battle by themselves but all they needed was that he raise their voice in other countries. She had posted her message to the Prime Minister on Twitter.
A famous personality in Balochistan, Karima Baloch was the pioneer of women activism and had also raised the issue of Balochistan in United Nations. The Baloch National Movement (BNM) announced 40 days mourning as a mark of respect for her and said her death ‘’is a great loss to the Baloch nation and the national movement.’’
‘The Balochistan Post’ reported that her sudden and unexplained disappearance and death had raised serious concerns. It said that in March, another Baloch refugee and journalist Sajid Hussain went missing from Sweden. His body was later recovered from a river. His family and friends claimed that he was murdered.
Reporters without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based journalists’ organisation, alleged that Mr Hussain’s mysterious disappearance and subsequent death could have been organized by the Pakistani ISI and MI.