An Baloch human rights activist Banuk Karima Baloch was found dead in Toronto, Canada on 22nd December 2020. As per the Toronto Police her body was found near Lake Ontario (North America). Karima Baloch campaigned for Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan. A human rights activist also appeared in the BBC list of hundred inspirational and influential women for the 2016.
Her death is being linked to the death of Pakistani Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain in Sweden. Both were vocal Balochs in exile. Also, both the activists died in mysterious circumstances after having drowned.
She started her career as an activist in the year 2005. Karima joined the Baloch Students Organization in the year 2006. After several other positions, she became the chairperson of BSO-Azad in the year 2015. Karima went into exile after charges of terrorism were filed against her. In 2016, Canadian Government provided her asylum.
About Sajid Hussain
Hussain was a Pakistani journalist and he was also the founder of the online news site Balochistan times.com. Hussain went missing on 2nd March 2020. Later he was found in the Fyris river (Sweden) on 23rd March 2020. Hussain’s autopsy indicated that he committed suicide or his death was an accident. However, there were wide protests to investigate his death.
The Balochistan Insurgency
Baloch Insurgency is a low-intensity insurgency waged by the Baloch nationalists against the Pakistan Governments and Iran. It covers Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, Balochistan region in Afghanistan and Baluchestan and Sistan province in Iran. These region is rich in gold, natural gas, coal, oil, copper, sulphur and fluoride. It is the largest and least developed province in Pakistan.
Baloch insurgents demand for greater control over the natural resources of the province and greater political autonomy.
Pakistan‘s Separatist Movement
- The Azad Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan: Seek independence of Gilgit-Baltistan. The Balawaristan National Front (Hameed Group) is trying to achieve this. This group is led by Abdul Hamid Khan.
- The Jinnahpur & Muhajir Sooba: Seeking an autonomous state for Muhajir community.
Karima Baloch Found dead in Toronto