Friday, May 22, 2015

Who killed Sabeen Mahmud

Sabeen Mahmud with her mother

 Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, was shot dead, shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s "disappeared people", in Karachi. On friday  April 25, 2015.
Mahmud, 40, was the director of T2F [The Second Floor], a café and arts space that has been a mainstay of Karachi’s activists since 2007. She was one of the country’s most outspoken human rights advocates. She was shot four times from close range.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said,
"It appears that an attempt is being made to silence human rights activists  or those who take up the causes of the people,"
Sabeen had reportedly told her colleagues that she was being scrutinized 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 a tv chanel or a newspaper.
Sabeen was known for organizing the first hackathon in Pakistan, in 2013,
a space for dialogue on social issues. 

                                Rest in peace

She often 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".
She had been receiving indirect threats.

Now after her death it is likely that Pakistani authorities will soon arrest some so called terrorists who will confess killing her because of religious motives. The question is who is supporting terrorists in Pakistan? 

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