When human rights activist Karima Baloch is found drowned off the shores of Toronto, an investigation into her mysterious death leads all the way back to Pakistan, the country she had recently fled.
In this six-part series, host Mary Lynk explores the rampant abductions and killings of dissidents in Pakistan, the dangers that follow those who flee to the West, and a terrifying intelligence agency with tentacles around the globe. How did Karima die? And would Pakistan really carry out an assassination far beyond its borders? This is a story that a powerful state doesn’t want you to know.
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Death of an Icon
A leading human rights activist is found dead. Many immediately suspect murder. The assassinations of dissidents like her have become commonplace in Pakistan. But Karima Baloch's body was discovered off the shores of Toronto, the city where she fled for her life.
A Death in Sweden
Months before Karima’s death, another prominent Baloch dissident is found drowned in a river in Sweden. Sajid Hussain had also fled Pakistan to start a new life in safety. His death bears a striking resemblance to Karima’s. Could the two be connected?
The Dissident Club
Mary meets those who have been told they are on a kill list. Exiles from Pakistan have sought safety through the Western world. But do they remain in danger, no matter how far they flee?
‘I am not a terrorist’
We learn about Karima’s final days from those closest to her, including a man who’s finally ready to speak. After escaping death in Pakistan, what evidence is there that Karima may have taken her own life?
We follow Karima’s dramatic return to Balochistan — where even in death, she’s considered a threat. And hear from those in her homeland still willing to risk their lives by speaking out.
New documents, witnesses and a renowned forensic scientist all lead to the same, unsettling conclusion about what really happened to Karima.
Another brilliant CBC podcast
Once again the CBC has produced a factual, humane and, in this instance, devastating series. It is to be hoped that the circumstances that led to Karima Baluch’s death will not be ignored, and that the Pakistani government’s treatment of minorities and dissidents will be thoroughly investigated & dealt with.
The Kill List-opens your eyes
Just jaw dropping…so far after five episodes one is gripped by the unfolding of Karima Baluch’s story…frightening to become aware of this kill list…learning more about Pakistan and the heart wrenching history…highly recommend
Thank you for doing such a fantastic job in bringing both the horrible murder of this wonderful woman and the ongoing atrocities for the people of Balochistan to life for us. I will be writing letters and doing what I can to bring these crimes to the light.