Baloch nationalist found dead in Toronto

Baloch nationalist found dead in Toronto

Toronto police on Tuesday confirmed the recovery of the body of Baloch nationalist and political activist Karima Baloch who was living in exile for the past five years.

A campaigner from the restive region of Balochistan in western Pakistan, Baloch, 37, was a vocal critic of the Pakistani military and state.

Earlier, Toronto police issued an appeal after she went missing on Sunday and later confirmed that her body had been found.

Toronto Police's media relations officer Caroline de Kloet said that a 37-year-old woman was located deceased while it is being investigated as a non-criminal death and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

According to her profile on Twitter, Baloch was the former chairperson of the Baloch Students Organization- Azad in Balochistan.

In 2016, she was named in the BBC's annual list of 100 inspirational and influential women for her work as a ‘campaigner’.

Balochistan province has been host to a long-running separatist insurgency while activists in Balochistan say dozens of campaigners have gone missing in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani authorities believe that dozens of Baloch students left for US, Canada and Europe on state scholarships but they are involved in anti-state campaigns on social media to seek asylums.