Karima Baloch Biography — Wiki
Karima Baloch is a Pakistani human rights activist who had fled Pakistan to Canada in 2015, was found dead in Toronto, Canadian police revealed on Tuesday. Mehrab disappeared near Lake Ontario on Sunday. The activist’s body was found near Toronto’s downtown waterfront on Monday.
Mehrab, also known as Karima Baloch, was a critic of human rights abuses in Pakistan and a supporter of autonomy for Balochistan, the southwest region of Pakistan.
Karima Baloch Age
Karima Baloch was 37 years old at the time of death.
Karima Baloch Missing News
Karima Baloch, who was living in Canada, went missing over the weekend, Toronto Police said on Tuesday, adding they believed her death to be a non-criminal matter.
Mehrab, a refugee from the Balochistan region of western Pakistan who was also known as Karima Baloch, went missing on Sunday in Toronto’s downtown waterfront area.
Mehrab was a prominent student organizer who campaigned for Balochistan’s separation from Pakistan and later fled to Canada amid threats.
She was named one of the BBC’s 100 inspirational and influential women of 2016.
Karima Baloch Death and Cause of Death
Karima Baloch was also critical of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, which has been accused of abducting human rights activists inside Pakistan. Baloch, who once featured on the BBC’s annual list of 100 inspirational women, fled Pakistan after terrorism charges were leveled against her.
Toronto police said they didn’t believe the death happened under suspicious circumstances.
However, the police also said that it was difficult to tell from the autopsy if her death had been the result of a crime, an accident, or suicide.
Lateef Johar, a friend of Baloch, told news agency AP that he did not believe her death was suicide or an accident.
“Her family can’t believe that it was an accident or something else as we know she was threatened; her friends and family members were previously abducted and killed,” said Johar. Johar told the BBC that Baloch had recently received anonymous threats saying that someone would send her a “Christmas gift” and “teach her a lesson.”
What we know so far
Toronto police offered few details about her death. Mike Butt, a detective, said by phone: “It has been deemed a non-criminal incident.”
Amnesty International South Asia tweeted that her death was shocking and should be “effectively investigated,” while the Human Rights Council of Balochistan called for the Canadian government to look into the matter.
PAKISTAN: The death of activist #KarimaBaloch in Toronto, Canada is deeply shocking and must be immediately and effectively investigated. The perpetrators must be brought to justice without recourse to the death penalty.
— Amnesty International South Asia (@amnestysasia) December 22, 2020
Police said Karima Baloch’s body was found on Monday.
Earlier this year Sajid Hussain, a Balochistan journalist and activist living in exile in Sweden, was found drowned there, according to media reports.