Who killed Karima Baloch?

 

The ethnic identity of Karima Baloch is clear from the name. She was a well-known political organizer in Balochistan, Pakistan. She was found dead in Toronto, Canada on Monday, December 21.

She was first kidnapped. The body was found within 24 hours. All Baloch are saddened, shocked and outraged by this incident.

Karima was an intense critic of the role of the Pakistani government and armed forces in Balochistan. 

She was immigrated to Canada 4-5 years ago. The security issue was a major factor in her emigration. 

But still, she had to die. Before Karima, another politician named Sajid Baloch was killed in Sweden this year. Many people think that two deaths are related to the same source. 




Karima was well known throughout Balochistan

In Balochistan, there are protests among the youth over various steps taken by the central government of Pakistan.

 Usually, young women rarely take part in such movements and struggle there. Karima was the exception. Since arriving in Canada, she has raised various issues of public life in Balochistan at international human rights forums. 

Thus Baloch became a familiar face in the political society. Her death has therefore shaken the whole of Balochistan. 

The BNM (Baloch National Movement) has already declared 40 days of mourning in his memory.

Karima's name was included in the BBC's list of 100 most influential women in 2016. This psychology student was once the president of a student organization called the Baloch Student Organization.

 Zahid Baloch, who was the president of this organization before her, also went missing once.

Karima was annoyed by a powerful group in Pakistan

In Baloch politics, Karima represented those who spoke of the region's independence. They have been 'banned' by the Pakistani government since 2013.

 Needless to say, not all Baloch support Karima's views. In various reliable investigations, a maximum of one-third of the Baloch (the people of Balochistan) has been found to support the idea of ​​isolation. 

But the demand for more autonomy is very popular in Pakistan. Karima, however, is a first-rate political activist. 

The clash of the state with the supporters of such politics is easily understood. In particular, when she sent a congratulatory video message to the Prime Minister of India in 2016, her opposition in Pakistan was furious.

The impact of the trilateral conflict on Karima's death?


Balochistan is one of the major economic corridors in Pakistan.

 The Balochs think they have no stake in this huge economic event. They have no receipts either. Their territory is being used only for the benefit of Central Pakistan.

On the other hand, due to China's opposition, India also has objections to the inland economic corridor in Balochistan.

 From such a trilateral equation, many Baloch youths see India as a distant ally away from the opposition of the central government of Pakistan. 

Sympathetic reports on the Baloch movement and objections are also regularly seen in the Indian media. Karima is presumed to be a tragic victim of that inland conflict. But it is unclear who killed her.

Some in Pakistan claim that the opposition may be behind Karima Baloch's death. According to them, Karima had to leave because all the information about a huge network of India's anti-Pakistan propaganda campaign in Europe was leaked recently. 

An organization called EU Design info-Lab recently carried out the leak. Some anti-Pakistani groups in Europe used the network and used hundreds of false media names.

 An organization called "Srivastava" Group is seen as the mainstay of this entire network.

Little is known about how Karima is involved in all this. Everyone hopes that the Canadian government will find out. That is what many international organizations, including Amnesty, want.


But Karima, 37, is not the first Baloch nationalist to be abducted and killed. The secret struggle for the independence of Balochistan and the abduction-disappearance-murder of local nationalists have been going on for a long time. It can be said that since 1947. 

The list of missing political activists across Balochistan is long. For these missing people, Karima was vocal at home and abroad. Karima's own family is also missing 4-5 people. 

There are unannounced bans on writing in Pakistan's mainstream media on these sensitive issues of the political situation in Balochistan. 

Most Pakistanis are the first to know about Karima's death from international sources. The opposite happened again in India. There are no media in the country that has not spread the news.

 It is easily understood that the political struggle of the Baloch has now become the logistics of the Indo-Pakistani conflict.


The Baloch crisis is getting complicated for that reason


Fear of Karima's death has spread among the Pashtuns of Pakistan. Karima also spoke at international forums for Pashtuns. 

In Pakistan, the Baloch and the Pashtuns find themselves on the same deck of deprivation. Both communities have widespread resentment against the country's military. 

Outside of this, the Balochs are demanding a share of their region's natural resources.
The soil of this province is rich in minerals including oil, gas, copper and gold.

Besides, many infrastructural projects are going on here. The Balochs are not benefiting from the implementation of these projects, including the Gwadar port, they are not getting anything, this opinion is very strong across Balochistan. 

The matter cannot be called a lie. Because, despite the abundance of minerals, Balochistan is the poorest province of Pakistan. 

The 2006 assassination of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti at the hands of the Pakistani army has also created an almost incurable frustration among the Baloch. 

As a result, nationalists across the province are carrying out political activities behind a kind of silent armed movement. Karima entered politics in the same year Bugti was assassinated.

The situation has only become more complicated as the central government has sought to resolve the Baloch dissent militarily most of the time. 

The search revealed that the more times military rule came to the country, the worse the situation in Balochistan became.

 The armed forces are complicating the situation by conducting various operations without accountability.

 At present, it is difficult to establish peace in the region militarily, given the occasional clear indication of terrorist attacks on joint Sino-Pakistani projects. Karima's death will only add fuel to the fire of unrest.

The crisis is also burning in Iran

Although the main scourge of Baloch nationalism has passed through Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are also indirectly involved in this political crisis. 

The three countries are home to the Baloch, although the border has artificially separated them. 

Until the British occupation, Balochs were the director of a completely independent town, a memory that is still very much alive in them. 

This is again very embarrassing for the state of Pakistan. Especially after Bangladesh became independent of them.

The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the accumulation of energy have also created some internal crises amid the nationalist movement in Balochistan. 

As before, there is no longer the exclusive leadership of the progressive forces. Iran is again concerned about the rise of various Sunni religious groups amid Baloch nationalism.

 Many commentators believe that the Pakistani government also wants the Taliban to become popular among the Baloch to corner the progressive Baloch leadership and increase divisions in the province's politics.

 Iran is in danger. They are the victims of terrorist attacks of these organizations.

Many Shia Hazaras are also being killed. This often leads to bitterness in Iran's diplomatic relations with the Pakistani government. But Afghanistan does not see it that way. 

Pakistan's relations with the current Afghan government are not good at all. Kabul is a silent supporter of more Baloch and Pashtun rights inside Pakistan.

 In this situation, the steps being taken by Pakistan to build a wall on the border have again hampered the movement of Pashtuns and Baloch across the border. 

This border wall is now another cause of new annoyance on the Pakistan-Afghan border

Karima died against this background. Whoever killed her, as the news of the assassination spread, the world might turn its attention again to this burning region of South Asia. But it only seems to happen for a few moments.





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