Pakistani Activist Sabeen Mahmud Shot Dead After Hosting An Event On Balochistan
Her mother was also injured in the drive-by shooting and is in critical condition.
On the evening of April 24, one of Karachi’s most prominent social activists Sabeen Mahmud was shot dead after leaving an event called “Unsilencing Balochistan” that her organization The Second Floor had arranged. Her mother was also injured in the drive-by shooting and is in critical condition.
The event featured two of Pakistan’s most vilified human rights activists: Mama Qadeer and Farzana Majeed, who have worked to raise awareness about the southwestern province Balochistan’s “missing people.” Qadeer and Majeed are frequent targets of “traitor and terrorist” smear campaigns on social media, and both were recently barred from traveling to a human rights conference in the US.
Sabeen posted this screenshot on Facebook a night before the event:
Sabeen arranged this event, after a previous roundtable on the same topic, also scheduled to include Qadeer and Majeed as panelists, was cancelled at a leading private university called LUMS. Faculty there said they had to cancel the talk because of threats received from Pakistan’s top spy agency the ISI.