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Baloch activist, gender inequality critic Karima Baloch found dead in Canada

Karima Baloch was a vocal critic of the Pakistan government in Balochistan and a strong proponent of gender equality.

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New Delhi: Human rights activist and former chairperson of Baloch Students Organisation – Azad, Karima Baloch was reportedly found dead in Toronto, Canada Sunday.

According to a report in The Balochistan Post Monday, 35-year-old Karima, who was a vocal critic of the Pakistan government, went missing Sunday and was last seen at approximately 3 pm in the Bay Street and Queens Quay West area. The Toronto Police carried out a search along with public assistance before Baloch’s family confirmed that the body was found.

The activist, who had taken refuge in Canada, was critical of the atrocities meted out to the people of Balochistan in Pakistan. She had also raised the issue of gender inequality in Pakistan at the United Nations during the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in 2018.

“If a woman is killed by her brother in the name of honour, the Islamic law allows him to settle the case with the father or the rest of the family. In most of the cases, the family forgives the murderer who goes scot-free. Also, as a testimony of two women is equal to one man, rape cases are less likely to be decided in favour of the victims,” said Karima in her speech.

She added: “Apart from these basic flaws in the legal system, religious groups have launched an assault against the women’s freedom throughout Pakistan, especially in Balochistan.”


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Part of BBC’s 100 most influential women in 2016

In 2016, she was named as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women by the BBC, which she said she would share “with countless inspirational women in Balochistan freedom struggle (sic)”.

Baloch last tweeted on 11 December about Shabeer Baloch, activist and Baloch Students Organisation – Azad information secretary who was allegedly abducted by the Pakistani Army on 4 October 2016, from Gowarkop in Balochistan.

This is not the first time an activist from Balochistan has died under mysterious circumstances. In May this year, Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain was found dead in Sweden after going missing from the city of Uppsala earlier in March.

The Balochistan province, located in southwestern Pakistan, is one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world with several Baloch groups engaged in an armed conflict with the Pakistani Army due to Punjabi dominance and economic alienation, among other issues.


Also read: Baloch Liberation Army, the insurgent group behind Karachi Stock Exchange attack


 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hope Kushal Kumar is not from Godi media, who manufacture falsehood stories to divert the attention of Indian people, 32crores of whom are living in dirty slums in pathetic conditions, 21 crores Indians, more than, Bangladesh, Russia, Pakistan population are suffering from Cancer, Tb. Its shameful that Crona cases are more than one Crore. Though RSS generated senseless propaganda is good for diverting attention of Indian masses from massive corruption, sky rocketing prices, 130 million job loss, negative economic growth has pushed India, 20 years back with – 27% growth are too worrisome areas. Media should debate our people problems, sort our houses, before giving sermons to others.

  2. According to news reports , Baloch activist Karima Baloch disappeared mysteriously in Canada near 20 December , 2020. She was found dead on 20 December , 2020 in Toronto. Karima Baloch who was a powerful voice of Balochistan against atrocities of Pakistan regime on Balochs , had crossed over to Canada and taken shelter there. She had sometime past requested on rakhi day India’s Prime Minister to become a voice for their cause in appropriate forums across the glove, saying that Baloch sisters are making this request to a brother in Modi. Her death has stirred up the agitation against regime as they suspect that behind the death of Karima Baloch , Pakistan army -ISI has a hand. Already , 11 opposition parties in Pakistan joined hands to stir up planned movement to oust Imran Khan from the government. So sudden death of powerful Baloch activist Karima Baloch near 20 December 2020 seems to be adding greater strength for the movement.
    In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive one of predictive alerts for more care and appropriate strategy in the following article :-
    “ Major worrisome potential of concerns during 10 January to 13 February in soon coming year 2021 for vulnerable world including India as well , calling for more care and appropriate strategy”.
    The article was published at english.nirpakhawaaz.in on 26 Novembe , 2020. The following text may be read in the article as indicative in relation to the planned movement in Pakistan for ousting Imran Khan government :-
    “ ( B ). ( 1 ). Now , soon after opening out of new year 2021 , from about 10 January to 13 February 2021 , the planetary movements are capable of being read as follows :-
    “ where vulnerable , a civil war or change in government appears imminent , may be around mid-December 2020 even. Pakistan looks to be closer to this reading of planetary impacts. Some other vulnerable countries across the globe look to be witnessing woeful times”.
    ( C )……………………………………..( 4 ). Such regions of the world as are known for minerals and metals look to be prone to major worrisome concerns of war and disease”.
    It is a common knowledge that Balochistan is known world-wide for rich in large mine deposits of minerals and metals , particularly gold and copper. So reading is highly closer to indication to what could shape up around mid-December in 2020 and after till 13 February 2021.
    Link to reach the article referred to here :-
    http://english.nirpakhawaaz.in/2020/11/26/major-worrisome-potential-of-concerns-during-10-january-to-13-february-in-soon-coming-year-2021-for-vulnerable-world-including-india-as-well-calling-for-more-care/

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