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Baloch activist and refugee Karina Baloch found dead in Canada

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Toronto, 22 Dec 2020

Renowned activist and former chairperson of Baloch Students Organisation – Azad has been found dead in Toronto, Canada.

Karima Baloch, a Canadian refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 was last seen on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at approximately 3 p.m.

The Toronto police had said that Karima was last seen wearing black jeans, grey Roots hooded sweatshirt, black Doc Martin high top boots, black long Canada Goose winter jacket, and a yellow or green Uniqlo purse with black strap.

The Police had requested public’s assistance in locating Karima Baloch. However, now her family has confirmed that Karima Baloch’s body has been found.

Karima Baloch, a famous personality in Balochistan, is believed to be the pioneer of women activism in Balochistan. She has also raised the issue of Balochistan in United Nations sessions in Switzerland.

Her sudden and unexplained disappearance and death has raised serious concerns.

Earlier in March, another Baloch refugee and journalist Sajid Hussain went missing from Sweden. His body was later found from a river. His family, friends and acquaintances claim that he was murdered. Reporters without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based journalists’ organisation, alleged that Mr Hussain’s mysterious disappearance and subsequent death could have been organized by the Pakistani intelligence agencies – ISI and MI – due to his work as a journalist.

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