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Online signature campaign launched to demand justice for Karima Baloch

Online signature campaign launched to demand justice for Karima Baloch         26 December, 2020 by  ANI Toronto [Canada] December 26 (ANI): An online signature campaign has been launched to demand justice for Karima Baloch, a human rights activist who was found dead mysteriously early this week in a lake in Toronto city. As of now, over 350 activists, journalists, academics, intellectuals and concerned citizens of the world have signed the collective appeal asking Toronto police to further investigate Karima Baloch's death. The Toronto police on December 23 termed the death of Karima Baloch, a "non-criminal death", but the family and friends are demanding a thorough investigation into the case. Baloch had campaigned vigorously against the disappearances and human rights violations in the troubled Balochistan province of Pakistan. "We launched the Justice for Karima Baloch collective to urge the Canadian authorities to further investigate Karima's death and consi

Protest in Balochistan against 'cold blooded assassination' of Karima Baloch

ANI |  Updated:  Dec 26, 2020 12:10 IST Turbat ( Balochistan ) [ Pakistan ], December 26 (ANI): Hundreds of people hit the streets of Turbat  city  of  Balochistan  to protest against the "cold-blooded assassination" of Human rights activist Karima Baloch. The protestors, many of them women, were seen holding placards reading: 'Stop genocide', 'cold-blooded assassination of Karmia Baloch'. They raised slogans against the  Pakistan i government and demanded independence of  Balochistan . The dead body of Karima Baloch, a well-known human rights and political activist who took refuge in Canada after fleeing  Pakistan  in 2015 due to serious threats to her life in  Balochistan , was found dead in Ontario Lake Toronto harbourfront Monday morning after being missing on Sunday afternoon. Human rights activists have demanded a probe into the death of the activist. On Thursday, the "Friends of Karima Baloch"also staged a protest outside the Toronto police he

Is Pakistan nearing a 1971 moment in Balochistan?

The Big Lens             Seshadri Chari, DEC 27 2020, 00:58 IST   UPDATED: DEC 27 2020, 01:34 IST Seshadri Chari. The sudden disappearance and the subsequent death in Canada of 35-year-old Karima Baloch, one of the popular leaders of the Balochistan freedom movement, does come as a shock, though not as a surprise. She was on the hit list of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for quite some time and had aired her fears about being targeted by the Pakistani military for speaking up against it. This is not the first time that a high-profile anti-Islamabad Baloch leader has met Karima’s fate. In March this year, Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain was found dead in the Fyris River near Uppsala in Sweden. He was the editor of  Balochistan Times , a news website covering human rights violations, forced disappearances, and the drug trafficking menace in Pakistan. Although the Swedish police closed the case as “probable suicide or accidental death,” the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RS

Xinjiang campaigner says China pressure led him to flee Kazakhstan

Serikzhan Bilash has been documenting Beijing’s crackdown on ethnic minorities Serikzhan Bilash: ‘If I stop, nobody can save the 3m Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities [in Xinjiang]’ © Ng Han Guan/AP       December 27, 2020 12:30 am   by  Laura Pitel  in Istanbul,  Christian Shepherd  in Beijing and  Max Seddon  in Moscow Serikzhan Bilash boarded a plane to Istanbul in September and bid goodbye to Kazakhstan, his home of almost 20 years, bracing himself for an uncertain life in Turkey. Mr Bilash, a China-born activist, said he was forced to flee the Central Asian country after a campaign of intimidation and harassment stemming from his work on the plight of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s western  Xinjiang  province. “I believe my activities will save many people in China,” Mr Bilash, 46, told the Financial Times in an interview in Istanbul. “But I can’t stay in my nation. It’s a tragedy.” The leadership of oil-rich Kazakhstan has forged increasingly close ties with Beij

Youth Pehchan Programme launched in Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has said that involving the youth in all socioeconomic activities and making them part of policy making is the need of the hour. Speaking at the opening ceremony of “Governor’s Youth Pehchan Programme” here on Thursday, he said: “I want to assure you that this programme will create opportunities for students of backward areas. They will be a part of an excellent training and capacity building programme and career counseling facilities.” Initially, this programme would be launched in Quetta, Pishin, Khuzdar, Nushki, Mastung and Kharan. He said for brining Balochistan on the path of development the government should utilise talent, knowledge and experience of researchers. “They are our assets and we must benefit from their knowledge for development of the province,” Mr Yasinzai said. Yasinzai says students of backward areas will benefit from initiative He appreciated linking of this programme with the campuses of universi

Six trapped in coal mine; three hospitalised in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Six coal mine workers were trapped after a fire broke out in a mine in Duki district, while three other miners fell unconscious due to accumulation of toxic gas in another coal mine in Kachhi district of Balochistan on Tuesday. Official sources said miners were working deep inside a private coal company’s mine in Chamalang coal field area of Duki district when the fire erupted. “At least six coalminers were trapped inside the mine,” Mohammad Atif, an official of the Chief Inspector of Mines Directorate said, adding that the fire broke out due to presence of methane gas inside the mine. Rescue teams of the disaster management authority and mines departments rushed to the site after receiving information about the incident and launched an operation to rescue the workers. Some reports suggested that during the rescue work by local mine workers, two unconscious miners were found and were given first aid. In the Margat area of Mach in Kachhi d

Balochs resent fencing of Gwadar seaport, calls it 'federalization of Balochistan province'

ANI |  Updated:  Dec 26, 2020 13:12 IST Peshawar [Pakistan], December 26 (ANI): Balochis are vehemently protesting against the Pakistan authorities plan to fence off the entire 24-square-kilometer area surrounding the Gwadar seaport to secure what they call the 'crown jewel' of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ), reported Asia Times. Public officeholders and the Baloch intelligentsia labelled these developments as a violation of human rights and called it the 'federalization of  Balochistan  province' - a violation of the country's constitution, wrote FM Shakil in an article in Asia Times. They believe that the authorities will go beyond their constitutional limits if they went ahead with the fortification plan, reported Asia Times. Baloch lawmakers condemned the plan and contemplated a move in Pakistan Parliament against the government designs, added Shakil. As per Shakil, the Pakistan army in collaboration with Makran Administration, Gwadar Development

China slowly retreating from Pakistan’s Belt and Road

Beijing is backing away from its initial $60 billion commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project By  FM SHAKIL DECEMBER 26, 2020 The Karakoram Highway, also known as the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway, is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Image: AFP Forum PESHAWAR – Pakistan’s army is set to take near-total control of the Beijing-financed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a US$60 billion infrastructure building plan replete with railways, roads, ports and special economic zones (SEZs) that is key to China’s global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).   A bill in Pakistan’s parliament will give the powerful military a firmer hold over the initiative and its related multi-billion dollar contracts, a martial move some see as aimed at reassuring Beijing that their investments will be more secure amid militant attacks on Chinese engineers and others facilitating the infrastructure projects. The move comes amid rising indications China is backing away from its