Written by Mugdha Variyar
Sabeen Mahmud with her mother
Sabeen Mahmud, a rights, was shot dead in Karachi on Friday
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's Chairperson Zohra Yusuf told Dawn that
"It appears that an attempt is being made to silence human rightsor those who take up the the people," Yusuf said. "It can't be said categorically that her murder was linked with this event," she added.
Sabeen had reportedly told her colleagues that she was being scrutinised by the Pakistani intelligence agency, The New York Times reported.
"The Baluchistan problem is so huge, and Pakistani intelligence agencies are so paranoid, that they will not allow even discussion in a room full of people, let alone aor a newspaper," Mohammed Hanif, a journalist, told NYT.
Sabeen was known for organising the first hackathon in Pakistan, in 2013.
The T2F,known as The Second Floor, offers a space for dialogue on social issues.
'Unsilencing Balochistan' hadon the situation in the restive province, where separatist insurgents have thrived for long and the currently engaged in battling them.
She openly discussed the military's human rights abuses in the region and questioned the disappearance of activists.
Sabeen had famously told a magazine in an interview that "Fear is just a line in your head. You can choose what side of that line you want to be on".