The Kill List

CBC Podcasts

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. Early access to the The Kill List will be available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. For listeners outside of Canada, episodes will be available early and ad-free when you subscribe to the CBC True Crime Premium channel on Apple Podcasts.

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  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    Episode 5: Living Ghosts
    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. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
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  • 58 minutes 52 seconds
    Episode 4: ‘I am not a terrorist’
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  • 47 minutes 2 seconds
    Episode 3: 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? For transcripts of this series, please visit:
    11 July 2022, 11:10 am
  • 43 minutes 3 seconds
    Episode 2: A Death in Sweden
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  • 51 minutes 11 seconds
    Episode 1: 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. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
    11 July 2022, 8:10 am
  • 3 minutes 40 seconds
    Introducing: The Kill List
    A leading human rights activist and vocal critic of the Pakistan government dies suddenly in Canada. The international community calls the death suspicious. But would Pakistan really carry out an assassination far beyond its borders? Host Mary Lynk investigates the death of Karima Baloch, the killing of her people, and the dangers that follow Pakistani dissidents who flee to the West. A six-part investigation. Coming July 11, 2022.
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