Orangi Pilot Project director gunned down in Karachi

Published: March 13, 2013
File photo of Parveen Rehman. PHOTO: NPR

File photo of Parveen Rehman. PHOTO: NPR

KARACHI: Director of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) Parveen Rehman was killed in a targeted attack in Orangi Town, Express News reported.

Media reports said that Rehman was targeted while traveling in her car near the Banaras flyover.

Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad took notice of Rehman’s death and has ordered a special team to investigate her case and arrest the suspects.

“Killing a social worker is inhumane,” the governor said.

The Orangi Pilot Project is a socially innovative project that involves residents solving sanitation problems of the community.

In the OPP, people pooled up to Rs3,000 a house in a lane to finance, manage and maintain latrines in their homes, underground sewerage lines in the lanes and secondary sewers.

OPP’s low-cost sewers changed neighbourhoods not just in Karachi, where it got its start in 1981, but as far away as Battagram in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

It also has a research and development department, covering issues related to other areas of Karachi.

According to NPR, Rehman was working for a famous architectural firm but she left it to work on the OPP. She also headed a research centre in Orangi.

18 people were killed in a Rangers operation in Orangi Town earlier today.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:11PM

    I am very grieved to hear this unfortunate news.

    Now after the men, a Nobel Lady has also become the victim of target killing.

    May All-Mighty Allah rest her soul in peace. Ameen.


  • Sacha bacha
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:14PM

    How many valuable life’s will it cost us to open our eyes and finally do something for the security of masses. RIP Parveen Rehman


  • Truth_Prevails
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:25PM

    This is very unfortunate cold blooded murder. What to say about a failed Government?


  • MSH
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Governor sahib killing any human being is inhumane. May she rest in peace in heaven.


  • Truth Detector
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:32PM

    I think with some semblance of crack-down by rangers, terrorists are feeling pressure & they are going after softer targets.

    People like Parveen are real assets of Pakistan. They give there heart & soul to the noble causes in see of depraved corruption & selfishness. May Allah bless her & rest her soul in peace.

    @Mr. president, these people deserve courage awards Recommend

  • Khan Bhai
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:42PM

    One after another, the cream of Pakistan is being assassinated.


  • Zubair Ali
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:43PM

    May she rest in peace. In a better place inshaAllah.
    Working for the benefit of others selflessly makes her a shaheed InshaAllah.


  • H.A. Khan
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:46PM

    So sad.She was a gaint who devoted her life for poor

    Why is the government sleeping and not arresting all terrorist?

    Why is the government not ensuring safety and security to citizens?

    Why is the government only providing duty free car amnesty,tax amnesty to tax cheats and not safety to ordinary citizens?

    My vote,my right,my might…..incompetent MNAs, MPAs will not get it this time around


  • Fanta
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:03PM

    This is indeed very sad. The OPP has a lot of potential, and is going a long way to help the poor of that area… it is heart wrenching that Parveen Rehman has been killed.

    We are perhaps our own worst enemies.

    May Ms. Rehman rest in peace. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un: “Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return.”


  • Asad
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:08PM

    Why can’t police or law enforcement agencies arrest at least one target killer and reveal him in front of the nation?
    RIP Parveen Rehman


  • Akhtar Hussain
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:21PM

    It is inhumane! Please someone stop this!


  • Eyes Wide Shut
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:21PM

    “Killing a social worker is inhumane,” the governor said.
    Mr. governor, killing anyone is inhumane!


  • Guesser
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:28PM

    Can not express my grief in words.


  • NK
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:50PM

    I am not a pakistani – So I am really finding it hard to contemplate why anyone would end the life of someone who was merely working for the poor. How could have she been a threat to anyone in anyway?

    My thoughts are with her family who have to deal with this loss.

    To me , it appears to be a senseless barbaric killing.


  • Hu
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:58PM

    Its high time we stop blaming the government for everything!
    Its easy to say oh that happened beacuse the government failed. But who elected the government! Some one out there will know who killed her and why. They should take onus and come out with some information or are they sitting and blaming the government also…


  • BILL
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:59PM

    So can anybody please tell again why she was killed?


  • Muhammad Ali
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:10PM

    I came to know about her and her work in the book “Instant City”. great loss to Karachi.


  • Me
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:18PM

    May Allah grant her the highest place in the heavens and may her work carry on through others.


  • Rafidi
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Sad. Truly sad. I remember her giving a talk at IBA and was truly impressed and humbled by her achievements in the OPP. Her death leaves us a poorer nation. May her soul Rest in Peace.


  • Falcon
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:29PM

    Suffice to say that reports are emerging that those on the fore-front of making investigative commission and shallow condemnations might be behind this attack. She had been receiving threats for last few years from the dominant political forces in Karachi.


  • Behari Kebab
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:37PM

    @Nagpuri: Why don’t you change your mindset of sending terrorists to kill Pakistanis, before telling Pakistanis what to do. The only past Pakistan needs to destroy is being lumped with India under colonial rule!


  • Saira
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:41PM

    Parveen Rahman, Director of the Orangi People’s project was an Urdu-Speaking ‘Bihari’ from the former East Pakistan ( now Bangladesh). She and her family came to Pakistan in adverse circumstances in 1972 described graphically and poignantly in the book ‘ Of Martyrs and Marigolds’ by her sister Aquila Ismail.
    She gave up a promising career to devote her life in the service of the poor and dispossessed.
    Words fail me in articulating the sadness, grief and anger that one feels at this senseless killing. We are now staring at the abyss. Oh! Pakistan! There is no hope.


  • Brainy
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @ Hu
    Why should we abstain from condemning the govt for its failure to maintain law and order ? Though named elected, never in 67 years history of Pakistan you could claim any of the the elections held to be free and fair. Absense of the true representatives is the root causeRecommend

  • Babar N Khan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:20AM

    Parveen was a hero, a role model, an icon, a beacon for many of us who joined development sector for the ideals it offered, believing in them more having known her and after spoken to her..many like myself took inspiration from her, took pride in her, and learnt immensely from her..she made us mediocres feel special, and respected us as specialists..today is a dark day for our sector, our generation, our country..


  • Ash
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:12AM

    Tragic! The sooner people immigrate out of Pakistan, the better it is for them. Espcially those who are good and peaceful, saver yourself , your kids for the future generations.


  • adil
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:10AM

    Thanks Allah for giving me the opportunity to leave Pakistan… I never wish to return!


  • Mullah
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:49AM

    @Khan Bhai: agreed but the fact is until the people raise their voice this will keep happening. Remember how the cream of Pakistan including its only Nobel laureate has been treated in the passed.
    Nothing much has changed


  • Asad
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:16AM

    Terrorist trying to divert the attention of Rangers/Police. or showing thier power via killing famous/socialworkers ppl. these areas were already identifited to the law agencies but till now no action. lets c what they do now after Liyari incident of killing rangers by Gang.


  • Nana
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:04AM

    Whats going on in Pakistan is absolutely sickening. All the so called Muslims should move to Saudi Arabia that’s funding terrorist.

    I did not know Parveen but had heard about this wonderful lady. May she find her peace with her maker.


  • Syed Gillani
    Mar 14, 2013 - 8:44AM

    Dark day in history of Pakistan


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 14, 2013 - 10:21AM

    So ordinary looking. Yet, so extraordinary. From the photo she appears to be leading a very simple life, much that of a poor woman but has been rendering such a great service. I never heard of her before as many such go totally unnoticed. I am really touched reading her services.


  • Sanaullah kakar
    Mar 14, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Miss Parveen Rehman was one of the best teachers I had. hard working, modest and sincere. RIP

    Nisar mein teri galyion ke aye watan ke jahan
    chali hai rasm keh koi na sar utha kay chalay
    jo koi chahnay wala tawaf ko niklay
    nazar chura kay chalay, jism-o-jaan bacha kay chalay
    hai ahl-e-dil kay liye ab yeh nazm-e-bast-o-kushaad
    ke sang-e-wakhast muqayyad hain aur sag azaad


  • nero
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:44PM


    For reasons similar to why several RTI activists have killed over last few years in Maharshtra, India. Local mafia, mostly property mafia.


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