Police files Sabeen Mahmud's murder case under Terrorism Act

Published: April 24, 2015
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PHOTO: REUTERS Sabeen Mahmud. Sabeen Mehmud

KARACHI: Sabeen Mahmud, the director and founder of The Second Floor (T2F) cafe, was shot dead in an act of target killing Friday night in Karachi.

Sabeen hosted a session at T2F titled ‘Unsilencing Balochistan (Take 2)’ on Friday evening, featuring the chairperson of Voice for Missing Baloch Persons (VBMP), Mama Qadeer. This was the same session which was due to be held at LUMS a few weeks ago, but was cancelled at the last minute.

Following the brutal attack, an FIR was registered at Defence Police Station under sections 302 (murder), 324 (attempted murder) and 7 under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The case was registered on behalf of Sabeen’s mother, who was critically wounded in the attack and is admitted in hospital.

Sabeen, along with her mother, left the premises of T2F nearly an hour after the session had ended, around 9pm. Travelling in a white Suzuki Swift, they reached the Defence Central Library traffic signal when armed motorcyclists intercepted them from both sides and opened fire. Sabeen was shot four times and died on the spot, while her mother was shot twice.

They were rushed to the hospital, where Sabeen was pronounced dead. Her mother was shifted to the Aga Khan University Hospital for treatment.

Inquiry officer Muhammad Arshad confirmed to The Express Tribune that the attack on Sabeen was an act of target killing, adding that the police were investigating the case from various angles to ascertain the motive behind the incident.

Having ruled out robbery, sources have said investigators are trying to determine the motive of the killing through various angels.
Further, they also said that Sabeen’s name, along with the names of some journalists, was included in a hit-lift combined by militants, which was released by intelligence agencies in January.

They added that Sabeen had been receiving threats since the past six months, with the most recent one on April 22.

Her driver Ghulam Abbas told the police that at least four suspects in a white car were following their car, while armed motorcyclists opened fire on Sabeen.

Reports say a 9mm pistol was used in the incident.

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A large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers gathered outside the Jinnah Postgraduate and Medical Centre (JPMC) mortuary where Sabeen’s body had been brought for a post-mortem.

JPMC’s joint executive director Dr Seemin Jamali said that Sabeen’s postmortem was carried out at the hospital’s mortuary. According to the post-mortem, Sabeen was shot twice in the chest and received one bullet each in the face and neck. Doctors said that the cause of death was the bullet she received in her neck.

Law enforcers reached the site of the attack to collect evidence.

Officials said they had recovered empty shells of bullets fired in the assassination.

“We are checking to see if there are CCTVs installed near the incident,” Inquiry officer Muhammad Arshad said, adding that they wanted to determine whether the assailants were following her or were waiting at a particular location.

Arshad said that that Sabeen had been receiving threats and that the police were trying to access her cell phone records.

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Leaders of various political parties, including MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the attack and demanded that the culprits be brought to book.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too has extended condolences to the bereaved family of Sabeen. He has also asked concerned authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident and submit report to him.

A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA, speaking to the media outside the mortuary, revealed that Sabeen had been receiving threats since the past few days. “She was running a movement for the missing persons and had been receiving threats,” he said. “It is tragic that a woman of Sabeen’s stature, who was speaking out for human rights and for an end to terrorism, was killed so mercilessly.”

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has also sought a report from IGP Sindh over the incident and ordered the police to arrest the assailants. On Saturday, Shah directed the concerned authorities to constitute a judicial commission to probe the target killing of T2F director Sabeen Mahmud. According to the CM’s spokesperson, directives have been issued to Home Department to issue a notification of the commission without any delay.

Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani, while strongly condemning the target killing of Sabeen Mahmud, said that Karachi had lost one of its greatest assets.

Terming it an attack on freedom of speech and expression, Rabbani directed Chief Minister Sindh to submit a report on the brutal murder immediately and to arrest those responsible within 72 hours.

The Acting President also directed the authorities concerned to ensure the provision of best medical treatment to Sabeen’s mother who was injured in the attack.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari too condemned the brutal targeted assassination and called for the arrest and punishment for the attackers.

Zardari’s spokesperson, quoting the former president, added that the timing and location of the crime scene and the issues Sabeen was known to advocate raise questions about the motives behind this seemingly targeted assassination and it needs to be probed.

Meanwhile, an investigation team headed by south zone police chief DIG Dr Jameel Ahmed has been constituted to probe Sabeen’s murder. SSP South Tariq Dharejo and SSP Investigations Faizullah Korejo have also been included in the team, which has been tasked to submit its initial report within three days.

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Police have also detained Sabeen’s driver Ghulam Abbas for questioning. Abbas is a constable with the Excise Police and used to work as a part time driver.

Mama Qadeer condemns the attack

Talking to The Express Tribune, Mama Qadeer condemned the attack and that Sabeen and her mother departed from the venue shortly after the event had ended.

“The programme went really well and the response was great. Once the event ended, we stayed back at the venue for a bit. Sabeen then told us that she was going to leave since her house was far,” said Qadeer.

“Shortly after Sabeen left, we heard gunshots,” he added.

Qadeer said the event was initially supposed to be held on April 21 at a different location, but the venue was later changed after the organisers started receiving threats.

Expressing grief over the incident, Qadeer said, “They don’t let me leave Pakistan, they don’t let me speak at LUMS, they don’t let me speak in Karachi. Where should we go to speak about our rights, where should we raise our voices.”

The car Sabeen Mahmud was in when she was attacked. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

Fellow panelist for Friday’s event, Muhammad Ali Talpur said that they had lost an honest and dedicated friend.

Shock, grief

As news about the attack spread, many who knew Sabeen expressed their shock and grief.

Hours after the attack, the official Facebook page and Twitter account of T2F became inaccessible. They were restored later.

Islamabad Literature Festival

After the horrific attack that left Sabeen dead, a special last-minute panel is going to be held at Islamabad Literature Festival today (Saturday) at 3:30pm in her memory.

The panel will be held by Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif, writer Shandana Minhas and Dr Framji Minwalla, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Social Sciences & Liberal Arts department of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Fazal Dad
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:00PM

    Saddened though I do not know her. And her fault———inviting Mama Qadeer. How far and how long will you suppress the voice of dissent? Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2015 - 11:02PM

    This is not good…. She was a nice ladyRecommend

  • DG
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Everything that could go wrong, is going wrong… Rest in peace :(Recommend

  • Longislander
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:20PM

    Jiye Mahajir Qoumi Movement. I hope sanity will prevail in Karachi and people will realize who can bring a real change in the city. Even if I agree to that rhetoric that Mahajir Movement is serious about Karachi, but the fact is they cannot produce results. For God sake Karachi people, give PTI a chance and stop casting votes on the basis of language. Act like the most educated community of Pakistan.Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:27PM

    another invisible killer.. sin of sabeen for giving space to Mama Qadeer..like Saleem Shahzad of Asia online mystery will remain unsolved..the real target killer of KarachiRecommend

  • Amber
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:34PM

    They shot over a hundred kids just a few months ago. Why are we even surprised anymore?

    I feel so terrible for her family. I don’t know her, but this has again broken my heart. Recommend

  • anonymus
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:35PM

    Happened in front of my very eyesRecommend

  • Troubled
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:45PM

    @Longislander:
    Not the time or the place.Recommend

  • karachi
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:51PM

    Leftists and anti Pakistan critics will quickly resort to blaming the ISI/’establishment’ when in reality this could have been done by separatist militants to gain political capital and they will easily evade blame since everybody will obviously blame the ‘establishment’ since it’s convenient.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:52PM

    God bless Pakistan
    This so godless PakistanRecommend

  • Fauzia Azami Zubair
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:53PM

    First reaction – Despair. Next reaction – despair. Sabeen Mahmud, what a tremendous forum you had created for all that was good, beautiful and worthy of promotion. It was an honour to have met you and admired your capacity to stand on and share a much-needed platform where so many good people were seen and heard. You lived bravely and have died a martyr’s death. But we are in greater despair than ever before. I can only beg Allah to forgive us so that we can stop losing the best among us to the criminals of this land. God bless you dear, generous and brave Sabeen.Recommend

  • waztaz
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:00AM

    @Amber:
    Who exactly are u referring to? This has nothing to do with the Taliban. This has to do with the organization and its sister organization on whose orders the talk on LUMS was cancelled. Sad, I’m probably not allowed to refer them by name otherwise my comment might be removed.Recommend

  • Free Balouchistan
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:39AM

    Zindabad Baluchistan! Recommend

  • Topi
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:53AM

    @Longislander
    May you wake up and realise how stupid and blind you are.Recommend

  • Palijo
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:53AM

    Rest in peace, Sabeen. Pakistan doesn’t deserve good people like you. Human life and human rights mean nothing in Pakistan. Pakistan should cease to exist.Recommend

  • Topi
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:54AM

    @anonymous
    Can you please write what you saw? how many terrorists were there? How did they act? Your info might help find the culprits. Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:56AM

    “Mehmud was heading home along with her mother after having hosted an event on Balochistan at the cafe when two unidentified armed men opened fire on her.”

    Who would be interested in targeting people protesting civil rights violations in Baluchistan ? The LUMS management would be relieved that it’s not them but this poor lady but it could have been them if they had gone ahead with their Baluchistan event.Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:16AM

    @Longislander: What nonsense are you talking about? What does this has to do with Mahajir Qaumi Movement? It is clear who is against Mama Qadeer and the Baloch movement and who is instrumental in stopping them from speaking at LUMS and at other forums. Time like this when an innocent soul has lost her life for speaking up should serve as a catalyst for honest, sensitive, and freedom-loving people to organize and confront the forces of evil and oppression. Instead, you are diverting attention from the real culprits.Recommend

  • Asok
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:22AM

    Mama Qadeer should go to the US embassy and ask for asylum. US would have no choice but to grant it.Recommend

  • kammiqazi
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:26AM

    @longislander

    Two things to be involve here, first, you might have too much of longisland, 2nd, you might be
    suffering from Mahajir fobia.Recommend

  • Mohammad Faizan Farooq Khan
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:01AM

    My friends please read my words carefully for I wish to sum up the collective thinking of our nation. We always assume the worst especially from our security agencies who rarely get credit but always are facing the flak of our ill informed people and pseudo liberals. For once can we just think that maybe this was an attempt to malign the rangers?
    Everyday I see people posting that rangers are not performing their duties effectively. Do karachites seriously want to go back to the glory days of 2008-2013 when everyday 10 people would be shot on average. Then karachi folk would shift to Lahore or Dubai and complain of the hapless police and spineless security agencies. This is undoubtedly a plan afoot to damage the role of rangers in Karachi so that one can go back to the merry days of old. Its a damn shame that those who often have called out the security forces for not working are now lampooning them without evidence. It says a lot regarding the mindset of these people. Look busy do nothingRecommend

  • Abdul
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:19AM

    Why don’t you all cheer and dance like you did when Mumbai was attacked ?Recommend

  • Fiz
    Apr 25, 2015 - 3:09AM

    Inna lillahi…. Somebody is really after the intellectuals of this country… for obvious reasons.Recommend

  • jago
    Apr 25, 2015 - 3:27AM

    @Longislander:
    I think you have no brain and preaching others. WHO STOPPED LUMS SEMINAR IN LAHORE few weeks ago? u will get the answer.Recommend

  • Temur
    Apr 25, 2015 - 3:44AM

    @Longislander The change the Muhajir party (say their own leaders, don’t kill the messenger) has brought in the last 30 years is enough. Karachi has bled dry, thus cannot afford more bloodshed, errr, I meant change. Recommend

  • Allah Rukha
    Apr 25, 2015 - 4:03AM

    Instead of instinctively blaming the security forces, people should wait for investigation. Unless, they want to play victim card. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Apr 25, 2015 - 4:09AM

    “They” would claim it was India who did it…as usual.Recommend

  • wb
    Apr 25, 2015 - 4:58AM

    The only ones who are benefited by silencing Balochistan are definitely not the TTP or any political parties.

    That organization is the same that was targeted when Hamid Mir was targeted.

    The bullet that hit these women clearly came from Pak tax payers’ money.Recommend

  • Aaliya
    Apr 25, 2015 - 4:59AM

    So sad. I met her once seeking support for a cause and she was so approachable and humble. So willing to help. May Allah rest her soul in peace and give her perpetrators a good dose of their own medicine.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 25, 2015 - 5:14AM

    @Observer Saleem Shahzad’s murder “investigation” was such a shoddy job, it felt like he might’ve murdered himself. Such will be the case of Sabeen’s job too if it’s also an inside job.

    Autopsy for Saleem Shahzad revealed his death was due to a puncture from a broken rib cage bone (most likely due to strong impact from torture).

    Shuja Pasha was accused by chief of US armed forces for being responsible for Shahzad’s death owing to his two articles highlighting the ineptitude of ISI detailing the days leading up to attacks on Karachi Naval bases. Hamid Mir was similarly targeted (for talking about missing persons cases in Balochistan) but luckily survived.

    I’m cent percent sure this comment of mine will not be published, I’m just writing it for whoever proof-reads it I guess. Pak Army has and will always be the “savior” of above all it’s own self.Recommend

  • GulBali Khan
    Apr 25, 2015 - 5:31AM

    For how long will they silence the voices of justice? Free world need to take notice & help the oppressed by all possible means. Saving people from the atrocities of State is a noble cause worth fighting for.Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    Apr 25, 2015 - 5:32AM

    RIP brave lady. I don’t know her but I can sense the respect she commands. Hope the Pakistani civil society fights back and rescues the society from the extremists. More power to the peaceful activists. Respect and support from your neighbor.Recommend

  • Amber
    Apr 25, 2015 - 6:33AM

    @waztaz:

    If you think anything of what has been happening is not related to each other then I believe you’re sorely mistaken. Balochistan is practically unchartered land. All the better to do god knows what in. It’s all connected. Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 25, 2015 - 6:37AM

    @Allah Rakha
    When was the last time security forces were ‘investigated’ and brought to justice for extra judicial killing.Recommend

  • Reddy
    Apr 25, 2015 - 6:55AM

    WOW!!!!! Unbelievable. A woman and such wanton killing ?
    How has the peace situation improved ???? Lack of suicide bombings doesnt mean improved security situations. Even this counts. Recommend

  • Bunny
    Apr 25, 2015 - 6:58AM

    Wow the people who are blaming muhajid quami movement. which village are your from that you are so unaware of current events in your country? First it is muttthaida not muhajid. Second what does mqm have to do with the balochiistan missing. Can you really be so lacking in basic knowledge despite having access to Internet. Worst you have pro pti references in your threads. This is why pti supporters terrify me. They have abysmal knowledge about basic realities. Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 25, 2015 - 7:08AM

    I knew that she was standing up for the missing persons in Baluchistan and who are the ones to silence those who want to expose them. My heart goes out to the bereaved family and may God rest her in peace. Thank you Sabeen for serving the nation in true sense and because of you others will stand up and speak the truth. They can’t silence the whole nation. Recommend

  • Resh
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:03AM

    Investigation?
    CCTV?
    Police?

    Is it a mere formality?
    RIP #Sabeen..:( Recommend

  • EJAZ
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:06AM

    Going down fighting. Salute to the martyr of Freedom of SpeechRecommend

  • Javed Ali
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:21AM

    We all know who did it. Her family has all the right to register an FIR against whoever they want, including ISI. Justice needs to prevail in Pakistan. We cannot survive like this.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Anyone can kill anyone that’s called Killing Karachi. Life is really cheap in this city.The outcome would be most secular and liberal voices will be fleeing out of the country,which is a serious brain drain problem.Recommend

  • FN
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:36AM

    It’s very sad that life is so cheap in the land of the pure. We’ll probably never find out who the attackers were, just as we never found out who Hamid Mir’s attackers were. If this is a conspiracy to malign our armed forces, why don’t the armed forces investigate and tell us who the real perpetrators are. They do have the capibability to investigate, as they did in attacks on Musharraf. Recommend

  • Karachi 3
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:46AM

    This is very sad.How long will this go on.Does the future generation have a future in Pakistan?.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 25, 2015 - 9:16AM

    @ Longislander, This area belong to Mr Alvi and he is from PTI, this is target killing by government as government not want to bring lights on the fact the Baluchistan Human right, lower value , why not government create industries in Baluchistan, if they can build gas extraction plant in Baluchistan, than why not school, colleges and universities,

    Why not they get communication, pure water, good food and lifestyle, why we need china after sixty years to develop that area. Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 25, 2015 - 9:37AM

    Terrorist must be HANGED themRecommend

  • OBSERVER
    Apr 25, 2015 - 9:40AM

    @Iqbal:
    yes ..the killer of Salim Shezad and Sabeen are the real target killers in Karachi and to take control of Karachi and running invisible govt in Karachi, this proved in the bye election in karachi.. The establishment’s heavy footprint was discernible everywhere, from the multiple checking of identity cards to even counting the votes at some polling stationsRecommend

  • BOZO
    Apr 25, 2015 - 9:45AM

    a tragic loss. One less good person in Land of Pure.Recommend

  • Raja
    Apr 25, 2015 - 11:40AM

    @Longislander:
    Dear Sir, the incident is far beyond the realm of political parties. Please do not try to use each and every event that takes place in this Land of the Pure to your party’s advantage. Try finding the realities behind the glorified account of events (of the past sixty plus years) that is promoting the false pride, love and hate emotions on this land, to whose benefit and on whose behest. Recommend

  • Raja
    Apr 25, 2015 - 11:56AM

    @Javed Ali:
    “Justice needs to prevail in Pakistan.” To prevail, something needs to exist.Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Apr 25, 2015 - 12:25PM

    It’s so heartening to see so much reaction against this sad incident

    Wish the same was witnessed at the massacre of 20 innocent laborers in Turbat

    and the “human right activists” had condemned that massacre tooRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:27PM

    @Allah Rukha:
    “Instead of instinctively blaming the security forces, people should wait for investigation. Unless, they want to play victim card.”

    No one blaming, they know the obvious.Recommend

  • Maqsood Ahmed
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Another activist shot dead for raising the voice of those that we have long silenced. Right now, we certainly are on our way to doom, especially the way our establishment tackles Baluchistan issue. It is another incident that should serve as a wake-up call or else as a society we could only be considered dormant or rather unconscious souls.Recommend

  • Neutralist
    Apr 25, 2015 - 1:56PM

    No matter who shot her dead- local or foreign agencies -this state has failed to protect fundamental rights of its citizens. Parliament is keen to safeguard territorial integrity of Saudi Arab but is less intrested to ensure its own. This country has become a slaughter house for intellectuals, learned clerics, social/ political activists and journalists. International organizations have also put a blind eye towards worsening human rights violtion in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Neutral
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Saddening and inevitable. Security agencies and Punjabi elites not happy over ‘Unsilencing Balochistan Take 2.’ May her soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Khan Jr
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:22PM

    When Hamid Mir spoke up about Balochistan and was shot, ‘official’ detractors said that it was a staged ‘suicide”. Now when this courageous lady held a talk on Balochistan she was promptly gunned down. I wonder what these detractors will have to say now?
    In Pakistan we can openly talk about the oppression in Palestine and Kashmir, but the loud and clear message is that if one talks publicly about the oppression in Balochistan expect to get a bullet in the head.

    RIP Sabeen Mahsud. May God bless you.

    As the brave die one by one, this land will soon become only populated by cowards.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Just heard the news…Im overwhelmed with grief.
    Goes to show how powerful an effect a tiny place like T2F made…someone’s cage got rattled..
    Its so tragic to see everyone pitted against each other and dont want to dialogue when its initiated with a genuine intent.
    May she rest in peace. God bless her soul.Recommend

  • Mekaal Shahriyar
    Apr 25, 2015 - 3:44PM

    ET allowing only one sided comments to appear

    is a befitting tribute to the “human right” activist

    likes of whom never bother to condemn massacre of

    innocent unarmed laborers in Balochistan but

    always eager to further the cause of Indian

    sponsored terrorism in PakistanRecommend

  • faisal
    Apr 25, 2015 - 7:27PM

    Another victim of national security state. Attitude like this from security agencies led to the events of Dhaka Fall. They way they are silencing the voices from Balochistan, FATA etc and silencing and threatening people who are supporting those voices is similar to what was happening in 1971. Real traitors are those who do not want people from one area to listen towards the grievances of people from other areas. People of Pakistan especially in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi need to come out of their comfort zone and raise their voice against fascism by security agencies. Recommend

  • khan
    Apr 25, 2015 - 8:05PM

    @anonymus:
    Go to Police and identify and report what you saw. Why are you anonymous?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 25, 2015 - 11:03PM

    ….and if and when the criminals are caught and brought before the judge, most likely he will decided that this is not a terrorist act…..and the circus will start again……justice will never be done.
    Remember Mumtaz Qadri who put over 20 bullets in broad daylight into the Governor Taaseer killing him and admitted it…….but the judges deemed this not to be a terrorist act.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2015 - 11:51PM

    “There will be killing till the score is paid.”
    ― Homer, The Odyssey Recommend

  • [email protected]
    Apr 26, 2015 - 12:00AM

    After Chinese President visit and focus on Baluchistan……..this is indeed a move by RAW to create an in fighting the country…. More such incidents are bound to come…..Recommend

  • AA
    Apr 26, 2015 - 12:15AM

    It is a very strong move to give boost to the missing persons’ Issue, Mama Qadeer was interviewed already so it is not to stop that, then what it is for? Clearly after the interview it could only be to attract public attention, It seems like a marketing move by terrorists. Public attention to this issue had been lacking for many previous interviews of Mama Qadeer, Sad thing is they took the life of a person who was an asset to the nation. Terrorism give no value to the life whether intellectual or common, as long as its message is delivered.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Apr 26, 2015 - 3:29AM

    @Mekaal Shahriyar:
    Curious that in your comment you blamed “Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan” but then neglected to provide any credible sources to back up your comment! Recommend

  • jagmohan
    Apr 26, 2015 - 8:18AM

    Murder of Sabeen Mahmud,a social activist, is highly condemnable.How can a modern
    society whether democratic or not survive,where freedom or thought and expression is
    subject to bullets of non state actors.This trend is continuing,latest killings of Hamid Mir
    and shehzad are too fresh to count.The reasons for such an apathy are quite obvious,
    ever increasing fundamentalism,fanaticism,intolerance and religious bigotry.To help the
    Governmental efforts,it is incumbent on the leaders of all faiths and sects to come
    out and condemn such wanton killings and save the further slide of society.Elements
    of dissent have to be addressed in harmony and true purpose and meaning of any faith
    is peace and mutual existence.This will maintain regal status of religion and avoid the
    infamy that religion is opium for masses.Sabeen..RIP.Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Apr 27, 2015 - 8:19PM

    The nation of Pakistan continues to face various challenges in the form of terrorism, and it is easy to see that the enemies of peace remain focused on destabilizing the country. We hope the ones responsible for murdering Sabeen Mahmud are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our prayers and thoughts are with Sabeen Mahmud’s family and friends during this difficult time.

    While condemning the murder, this is what the US Embassy in Pakistan spokesperson said:
    “We strongly condemn the murder of Sabeen Mahmud and the wounding of her mother. We extend our deepest condolences to her loved ones and our wishes for her mother’s full and speedy recovery. Sabeen was a courageous voice of the Pakistani people and her death represents a great loss.”

    http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pr-042515.html

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

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