Pak-linked groups in Canada seek probe into Baloch activist’s mysterious death in Toronto

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Several Canadian civil society groups with roots in Pakistan have sought a “thorough investigation” into what they’ve described because the “murder” of 37-year-old Karima Baloch, whose corpse was discovered by Toronto police this week after she had gone lacking.

Toronto police have already mentioned it was a “non-criminal death”. In a tweet, they reiterated that “no foul play is suspected” and that they’ve “updated the family” in this regard.

However, in an open letter, a gaggle of organisations has urged the Canadian authorities “to undertake immediate and thorough investigation, bring the perpetrators to justice, and take just, diplomatic and political course of action in case any foreign country or group were found to be involved in the brutal murder of this human rights activist”.

Canada’s everlasting consultant to the UN, Bob Rae, has expressed grief over Karima’s sudden demise, tweeting, “I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Karima Baloch to discuss the human rights situation affecting many of her friends and family. I am deeply saddened to learn of her death, and express my deepest condolences to her family and her community.”

No proof has but emerged or been provided by investigators on whether or not certainly she was murdered.

However, the assertion asserted “that given the threats to her life by Pakistani authorities because of her political activism, a much thorough investigation” into the incident was warranted.

The organisations issuing the assertion embrace Baloch National Movement, Balochistan National Party – Canada, World Sindhi Congress – Canada, Pashtun Council Canada, and PTM Committee Canada. They characterize dissident groups agitating towards Islamabad.

With regard to their demand for an intensive investigation, the signatories additionally mentioned that “any lack of concrete action to this end might jeopardise the global image that Canada has”.

They added that this episode “reminded” them of the death of Sajid Husain, a Baloch journalist compelled into exile in Sweden “after covering violence, crime and a simmering insurgency in Pakistan”.

He was discovered useless on April 23, 2019 in north of Stockholm, after remaining lacking for greater than a month.

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