Karima Baloch Wiki – Karima Baloch Biography
Karima Baloch is a human rights activist who has been found dead in Toronto, Canada, where she had been living for five years in exile. Baloch a campaigner from the restive region of Balochistan in western Pakistan, was a vocal critic of the Pakistani military and state.
Toronto police issued an appeal after she went missing on Sunday, December 20th, and later confirmed that her body had been found. Police said there were “not believed to be any suspicious circumstances”. Baloch was named in the BBC’s annual list of 100 inspirational and influential women in 2016 for her work as a campaigner. She left Pakistan in 2015 after terrorism charges were leveled against her.
Baloch continued to campaign in exile for the rights of people in Balochistan, both on social media and in person. And the threats followed her, according to Lateef Johar Baloch, a close friend, and fellow activist who also lives in Toronto.
Baloch was a well-known activist in the region; she was the first female head of the Baloch Students’ Organisation (BSO) – a banned activist group. Her first public exposure as an activist was in 2005, in Balochistan’s Turbat area, where she attended a protest over missing persons carrying the picture of one of her missing relatives.
She joined the BSO in 2006, serving in several different positions in the following years. The group was officially banned by the government in 2013, but its existence continued and Baloch became chairperson in 2015.
Karima Baloch Age
Karima Baloch was 37 years old.
Only a few months later, she went into exile after terrorism charges were filed against her. In Toronto, she married a fellow activist, Hamal Baloch, and remained active both on social media and in human rights activities in Canada and Europe.
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Karima Baloch Cause of Death
Baloch reportedly went missing on Sunday, December 20th around 3:00 p.m. in the Bay Street and Queens Quay West area. Toronto Police posted an appeal for information early Monday morning, asking for anyone who had seen her to come forward.
The police tweeted an update later that day, saying that she had been “located” and a further release later confirmed she had been found.
Karima Mehrab, 37
– last seen on Dec 20, in the Bay St + Queens Quay W area
– 5'3", 115 lbs., black long hair, brown eyes
– wearing black jeans, grey hooded Roots sweatshirt, black Canada Goose winter jacket, black Doc Martin boots#GO2394980
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) December 21, 2020
Baloch’s sister told the BBC Urdu service on Tuesday, December 20th that her death was “not only a tragedy for the family, but also for the Baloch national movement”. “She didn’t go abroad because she wanted to, but because… open activism in Pakistan had become impossible,” Mahganj Baloch said.
Baloch reportedly had recently received anonymous threats warning someone would send her a “Christmas gift” and “teach her a lesson”. Activists in Balochistan say thousands of campaigners have gone missing in recent years. The Pakistani military denies accusations that it’s brutally suppressing the region’s aspirations for autonomy.
Some of Baloch’s extended family had been linked to the Baloch resistance movement over the years, and two of her uncles – a brother of her mother and a brother of her father – had gone missing. Their dead bodies were later found.
The case is still under investigation.