The ministry of exterior affairs identified on Thursday that the household of Karima Baloch, a famous Pakistani human rights activist discovered lifeless within the Canadian metropolis of Toronto, had sought an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her loss of life.
Karima, 37, was reported lacking in Toronto’s waterfront space on December 20 and her physique was discovered by police a day later. Native police stated they haven’t any purpose to suspect foul play, however Karima’s husband Hammal Haidar and brother Sameer Mehrab identified she had been receiving loss of life threats and sought an investigation.
Requested concerning the Baloch activist’s loss of life throughout a weekly information briefing, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated: “Now we have additionally seen the reviews concerning the loss of life of Ms Karima Baloch, a famous Baloch activist. Our condolences to the household.
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“It’s not for us to touch upon this matter however I perceive her household has sought an investigation,” he added.
Amnesty Worldwide has described Karima’s loss of life as “deeply stunning” and stated it have to be “instantly and successfully investigated” by Canadian authorities.
Karima fled Pakistan in 2016, saying she feared for her life as a consequence of threats from the military and intelligence businesses, and sought refuge in Canada, the place she was later granted asylum.
She was included in BBC’s record of 100 inspirational and influential girls for 2016, through which she was described as a campaigner “for independence for Balochistan from Pakistan”. The identical yr, she had recorded a video message on the event of Raksha Bandhan, through which she referred to as Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “brother” and requested him to develop into the voice of the Baloch motion.
At an occasion held by Baloch Canadians in Toronto in 2018 to mark what they claimed to be the 70th anniversary of the unlawful occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan, Karima stated India had the attain to lift what she described because the “genocide” of Baloch individuals.
Karima’s loss of life took place eight months after Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch, who wrote about human rights abuses in Balochistan, was discovered lifeless in Sweden. His household and associates alleged he was murdered. Reporters With out Borders (RSF) stated his mysterious disappearance and loss of life might have been organised by Pakistani intelligence businesses due to his work as a journalist.