Karima Baloch, a prominent and outspoken human rights activist from Balochistan, seemed impossible to silence.
Baloch was found drowned off the shores of Toronto, where she had been living in exile since 2015 after fleeing death threats in Pakistan. She had long been critical of Pakistan’s government and active in the struggle for autonomy in Balochistan, the largest province in Pakistan, and continued her activism in Canada.
Karima Baloch (Twitter: @Karimabaloch) is the first ever woman to chair the Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Azad). She has actively mobilized Baloch students to raise awareness about the Baloch rights movement and also protest against military operations, enforced disappearances and killing of the Baloch political activists. She now lives in Canada. In this exclusive interview with Malik Siraj Akbar (Twitter: @MalikSirajAkbar), President of the Balochistan Institute, Washington D.C., Karima will share with it means to be a woman and lead the BSO, the participation of Baloch women in the liberation movement and her life and activities in Canada.
On December 5, 2015 Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) organized a protest at the Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO) office in Toronto Canada lead by BSO-A Chairperson Karima Baloch.
Baloch national icon and Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Mama Qadeer Baloch is very ill. He went to the government run Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMCH) for treatment. But the doctors there excused treating him citing the strict orders of the Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Dr. Malik Baloch not to treat him if he ever visits any of the doctors there. He prayed to treat him on humanitarian basis but the doctors said we cannot and if we do we will immediately be sacked as we cannot lose our job for you.
Mama Qadeer recently visited the passport office to renew his expiring passport but they also refused to issue him a new one citing Pakistan secret agencies’ strict orders not to do so. They also said that your name is listed in the Exit Control List (ECL). He argued that it is the job of Immigration Department not the Passport Office but to no avail.
On Friday, August 24, 2015, Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, 40, was shot dead down by ‘unknown gunmen’ after she had hosted a discussion on Balochistan where the Pakistani State has let loose a reign of terror. Who was behind her death? Burzain Waghmer answers most of these questions on BBC World Service.
Abdul Waheed Baloch is a former Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, ex-chairman of the Baloch Students Organization (B.S.O.) and former Vice President of the Balochistan National Movement (B.N.M.). As a student at the University of Balochistan in Quetta, Mr. Baloch emerged as a leader, becoming the Central Secretary of the Pakistan Progressive Students Alliance. He led student delegations to meetings in India, Singapore and Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan. He earned degrees in pharmacy and law, practicing criminal and civil law in Balochistan. He became a member of the central executive committee of the Balochistan National Party. He is former editor of the Balochistan National Movement’s publication, Juhd, or “struggle,” in Balochi, as well as the Baloch Students Organization political publication,Pajjar, meaning “Identity,” in Balochi, and its literary publication, Girok, meaning “Lightning,” in Balochi. Mr. Baloch now lives in self-exile in the United States where he serves as the executive director of the Baloch International League (for peace & freedom), a Washington, D.C.-based organization. He speaks Balochi, Pashtu, Urdu, English and Brahui languages. The Baloch Hal spoke to him exclusively about the conflict in Balochistan, its dynamics and the challenges.
Occupied Balochistan: Parents of 11 Baloch children arrested in a police operation in Killi Khailli, Quetta said that the administration has booked their children on false and baseless charges. Many of the children were illegally abducted by the security forces and have been missing for several days, and their disappearance was reported to the local police station.