Baloch activist Karima Baloch who escaped Pakistan in 2016 to take refuge in Canada was found dead at Harbourfront.
According to local sources, the police found her body drowned off an island just near Toronto’s lakeshore.
Her husband, Hammal Haider, and brother have identified her body which is still with the police.
Speaking to India Today from Toronto senior journalist Tarek Fatah said, “Toronto Police and Canadian security agency CSIS must investigate the possibility of Pakistan’s hand in Karima’s death. Prime Minister Trudeau must act to rid Canada of Pakistan ISI agents.”
In 2016, she escaped from Balochistan with the help of a few friends and Baloch activists, including Tarek Fatah, when her life was in danger.
Karima had been a harsh critic of ex-Pakistan Army officers settling down in Canada and was one of the most vocal proponents of Balochistan’s independence from the Pakistani occupation.
She was a courageous woman and a thorn in the side of ISI operatives in Canada.
In 2016, she recorded a ‘Raksha Bandhan message’ for PM Modi.
Meanwhile, the Baloch National Movement has announced forty days of mourning for Karima Baloch
The spokesperson of the Baloch National Movement said that the martyrdom of Karima Baloch, a BNM leader living in exile in Canada and former chairperson of Baloch Student Organisation (BSO, is a great loss to the Baloch nation and the national movement.
“With the death of Banuk Karima, we have lost a visionary leader and a national symbol. Compensation for this great loss is impossible for centuries,” said the statement of the Spokesperson.
“The Baloch National Movement has declared 40 days of mourning for the sudden death of its leader and former chairperson of BSO Azad and National Leader Banuk Karima Baloch, and all zones are directed to suspend other activities for 40 days,” The statement added.
According to the Spokesperson, Karima Baloch was not only the party leader and former chairperson of BSO but also the first female chairperson in the history of Baloch Student Organization who took command of the BSO at a time” when Pakistani barbarism was on the rise.”
She was also named one of 100 Most Influential Women by the leading British broadcaster BBC in 2016.
My gratitude to BBC. I share this with countless inspirational women in #Balochistan freedom struggle. Never give up. https://t.co/gj77GvYrHV
— Karima Baloch (@KarimaBaloch November 21, 2016