Karima Baloch makes surprise appearance in AITO event in Canada


Karima Baloch

The first woman Chairperson of the Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A), Karima Baloch, made a surprise public appearance in an Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO) event in the Canadian city of Toronto today (Saturday 5 Dec 2015).

She was attending the AITO Write for Rights Toronto 2015 event and discussed the Balochistan’s issue with AITO officials.

She was photographed without her trademark veil, showing her full face to the media for the first time.

According to Balochistan Times (BT) sources, she arrived in Canada on 27th November, 2015. She intends to seek refuge in the country to highlight the Balochistan issue more effectively at an international level.

She met the AITO officials – Elizabeth Berton-Hunter and Aubrey Harris — in one-to-one meetings on the sidelines of the event.

She strongly urged the human rights watchdog’s officials to raise the issue of some 40 Baloch women abducted by Pakistan military from Balochistan’s Bolan areas. She also urged her to highlight the infamous kill-and-dump operations of Pakistan army in Balochistan.

The AITO officials promised to raise these issues with their head office and form a fact-finding mission, if necessary.

The human rights watch’s social media handle tweeted a photo of an AITO official holding a poster of Zahid Baloch along with Karima Baloch , saying:

“@KarimaBaloch chairperson of BSO-Azad is here w/ us 2 tell about abducted leader Zahid Baloch #”.

Karima is an eyewitness to the abduction of former BSO-A chairman Zahid Baloch and she intends to record her eyewitness account with AITO. The AITO officials assured her to record her testimony in Zahid Baloch’s case.

The event was followed by a protest by Baloch activists, led by Karima, to raise awareness about human rights abuses in Balochistan.

Karima addressed the demonstration in Balochi while holding a placard with Zahid Baloch’s photo on it. She said the main purpose of the protest was to raise the issue of missing Baloch women and highlight Zahid Baloch’s case.

“Pakistan is declaring the Baloch nation as terrorists but we are struggling for our freedom,” she added.

Courtesy: Balochistan Times

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