New Delhi (NVI): Protests against the alleged murder of Karima Baloch entered third day in Balochistan today as a large number of people gathered in Turbat to demand justice and proper investigation into the Baloch leader’s mysterious death in Canada.
Demonstrations were also held in Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan against the alleged murder of the rights activist yesterday who went missing and was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Canada earlier this week.
Scores of participants took to the streets in Karachi and Lahore, carrying placards and banners that bore messages of justice for the Baloch activist in English, Urdu and Balochi, reports The Balochistan Post.
After the thousands-strong gatherings in Quetta and Hub Chowki, the Baloch Solidarity Committee organized a demonstration in Karachi, the Baloch news portal reported.
In yet another suspected political assassination carried out by Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, Karima Baloch was found dead in Toronto in Canada, hours after she went missing in mysterious circumstances.
Karima, former Chairperson of Baloch Students Organisation (Azad), had taken refuge in Canada to escape the wrath of Pakistani authorities, especially the Army and its notorious intelligence agency ISI.
The leader, who was named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016, was last seen on December 20, 2020, at approximately 3 p.m, according to Balochistan Post.
The Toronto police had said that Karima was last seen in the Bay Street and Queens Quay West area in Toronto, it said.
Karima Baloch was instrumental in highlighting at international fora the plight of Baloch people under the repressive rule of Pakistan. She has also raised the issue of Balochistan in United Nations sessions in Switzerland.
Notably, Karima had also made a public appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 for help for Balochistan’s struggle for freedom from Pakistan.
Baloch people are struggling for freedom from Pakistan since the region was forcibly occupied by Pakistan in 1949.
Her disappearance and death in mysterious circumstances leads to suspicion about involvement of ISI.
Meanwhile, the Baloch American Congress (BAC) has also expressed “shock and anguish” over the death of renowned political activist in Canada and asked the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to investigate the tragedy.