Pakistani Rights Activist Karima Baloch’s Dead Body Found In Toronto
Karima, Along With Two of Her Uncle's Were Mysteriously Went Missing and Later Found Dead Due To Association with BSO
The Pakistani civil rights activist Karima Baloch, who has been living in exile in Toronto for the past years, has been found dead after she went missing on Sunday. The Rights group in Pakistan has called for a complete investigation regarding her being missing for a few days before being found as a dead body. Karima Baloch, aged 37, had been an active campaign member for the refractory region of Balochistan, located on the western side of Pakistan.
Cause of death of Karima Baloch
The police department of Toronto had previously issued an appeal when Karima Baloch was reportedly unaccounted for on Sunday, according to her friends, and the body was later found out a few days after the report.
On Monday, the Toronto police department tweeted that Karima Baloch was last seen on Bay Street, on Sunday, and the locale is located in the Queen Quay West area of the city. Later, the department tweeted that she has been located, but no additional detail has been provided.
In the year 2016, Karima Baloch had been named as one of the top 100 inspirational women across the world for her role as a civil rights activist and helping the women of Balochistan.
According to the friends and fellow rights activists of Karima Baloch stated that the dead body had been discovered, but the cause of death is unclear and yet to be distinguished after a complete autopsy of the body.
The sister of Karima Baloch said in a public statement that the death of her sister is not only a major tragedy for her entire family, but a loss for the Baloch national movement that underwent several successes due to her. Mahganj Baloch also said that Karima Baloch didn’t want to go abroad but was forced to go as open activism across Pakistan is an impossible task to perform.
Civil rights campaign in Balochistan
The Pakistani province of Balochistan has been undergoing a separatist insurgency for a long time. Karima Baloch had been the former leader for the BSO (Baloch Students Organization) and the first-ever female group leader of the organization, which is an illegitimate banned activist campaign in Pakistan.
Since 2015, Karima Baloch has fled Pakistan as she felt that her life was in danger while living in Pakistan, due to which she sought asylum and has been living in Canada for the past several years.
In the year 2005, she got her first exposure in public as an activist in the city of Turbat located in Balochistan, during the time she was attending a peaceful public protest conducted for multiple missing individuals while carrying a portrait for one of her missing family relatives.
In the past recent years, thousands of individuals have gone missing that has taken active participation in the campaigns that are being conducted in Balochistan. The military of Pakistan has denied all accusations that have been made regarding the brutal suppression of the region’s aspirations to gain autonomy for the section of the country.
Several other extended family members of Karima Baloch have also been in link with the resistance movement by Baloch residents over the past multiple years. Two of Karima Baloch’s uncles, one is a brother of her father, and another a brother of her mother, had gone mysteriously missing without a trace. Their dead bodies had been found much later in an out-of-the-way location.
Karima Baloch was able to rise in the BSO in the year 2006 and later became one of the heads of the organization, although several of the members of the illegal association were either reported to have gone missing or deliberately went into hiding during the following years and in the year 2013, the entire group was completely banned by the government of Pakistan.
Karima Baloch was sentenced to exile in the year 2015 after being charged with terrorism against her. After relocating herself to Toronto, Canada, she married a fellow rights activist, Hamal Baloch. While being in exile, she still remained an active member of the organization, along with promoting the campaign on social media and multiple human rights campaign activities in Europe and Canada.
Due to her extremely hard work and diligence, she was named in the annual list of the 100 influential and inspiring women across the world.