Ottawa: The Baloch Human Rights Council, an international human rights organisation, has voiced strong criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his perceived inaction in response to the killing of Baloch human rights activist Karima Baloch. The organisation has stepped forward to protest the lack of action, even three years after the killing of Karima Baloch in Canada. There has been criticism that Prime Minister Trudeau did not display the same readiness to make accusations against India, even in the absence of evidence, as was seen in the case of Nijjar, in contrast to his response to the Karima Baloch case.
Karima was a staunch advocate who vehemently opposed the human rights violations inflicted upon the Baloch people by the Pakistan Army. However, the organisation has also alleged that following their deaths, the Toronto police determined that their deaths were not suspicious or unnatural. The Baloch community in Canada constitutes a relatively small minority and may not possess significant voting power to influence political parties through vote banking. As a result, the BHRC has issued a note requesting that Prime Minister Trudeau and his government take a measured approach and intervene in the matter.
On December 20, 2020, Karima’s lifeless body was discovered near a river in Toronto. As of now, the Canadian police have made limited progress in their investigation into the case. Karima was a vocal critic of the Pakistani government and army. While there were allegations that the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) might have been involved in her murder, the investigation did not reach that level of scrutiny.