People take to streets in Pakistan to protest over Karima’s ‘mysterious deaths

By Our Saff Reporter

Islamabad: Hundreds of people came out on streets in Dera Ghazi Khan (DGK) of Punjab province to protest against the “cold-blooded assassination” of rights activist Karima Baloch on Saturday.

They held placards showing support to Karima and raised slogans against government. One of the placards read: ‘Karima Baloch is the soul of Baloch Resistance’.

Pamphlets were also distributed on behalf of the Baloch Yakjehti Committee Dera Ghazi Khan. Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) appealed to Baloch’s of DGK to rise against the oppression of state on Baloch land.

“A large number of people have gathered in Dera Ghazi Khan’s protest against the cold-blooded killing of Karima Baloch. Baloch Land have not become barren yet, thousands of Karima have yet to rise,” tweeted Central Working Committee member of Baloch Students Action Committee Asif Baloch tweeted.

The dead body of Karima Baloch, who had been outspoken about government and Army, was found in Ontario Lake Toronto port last Monday morning after having been missing since Sunday afternoon.

On 23 December, the Toronto police declared Karima Baloch’s murder a “non-criminal death” but family and friends are demanding a detailed investigation of the case. Baloch protested actively against disappearances and human rights abuses in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province.

The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) called on the United Nations to intervene in order to ensure a fair investigation into the death of activist Karima Baloch, who is shrouded in mystery.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, BHRC Executive Chairman Dr Naseer Dashti asked the UN Leader to remember Karima’s “mysterious death” in Toronto.

According to an official release by the BHRC, Guterres was urged to ask the Canadian authorities for conducting a thorough investigation considering the context in which Karima Baloch had fled Pakistan.

Over 50 activists, journalists and intellectuals from all around the world have expressed concern over the mysterious death of exiled Baloch activist Karima Baloch in Toronto and urged Canadian authorities to initiate a “high-level and thorough investigation” in the matter.

In a statement, Justice for Karima Baloch Collective, a group of activists, journalists academics, intellectuals and concerned citizens, said that Baloch’s “mysterious death is alarming” because it is not the first one this year.

(Inputs from ANI)

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