TTP deny involvement in Sabeen Mahmud’s murder

Published: April 26, 2015


ISLAMABAD: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed on Sunday they are not involved in the brutal murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud.

“We categorically deny involvement in the murder of Sabeen Mahmud,” TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said.

Read: T2F director Sabeen Mahmud shot dead

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead the director of the popular arts center, T2F, shortly after she had hosted a seminar on the troubled region of Balochistan at her cafe.

Read: Keep smiling, Sabeen

The session, ‘Unsilencing Balochistan (Take 2)’, featured 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.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for Sabeen’s murder. However, sources say the slain activist has been receiving threats.

Read: Remembering Sabeen

The police registered a case against unidentified persons under terrorism charges on behalf of Sabeen’s mother, who was critically wounded in the attack and is admitted in hospital.

Further, Khorasani alleged that “investigation by the TTP’s intelligence wing suggests government agencies are behind the killing of Sabeen Mahmud.”

Read: Police files Sabeen Mahmud’s murder case under Terrorism Act

On Saturday, while condemning the attack, the military said intelligence agencies would provide all assistance in the investigation of the murder.

“Intelligence agencies have been tasked to render all possible assistance to investigating agencies for the apprehension of perpetrators and bring them to justice,” DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

Read: Intelligence agencies to assist in investigation of Sabeen Mahmud’s murder

Meanwhile, the TTP spokesperson claimed responsibility for the killing of two policemen in Karachi.

“The TTP’s special unit targeted two police men at the Site Area of Karachi,” Khorasani said in a statement emailed to the media.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • TooTrue
    Apr 26, 2015 - 1:10PM

    “investigation by the TTP’s intelligence wing […]”

    This has got to be a candidate for the oxymoron of the year award.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 26, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Those who killed Sabeen are no better than the TTP………so this denial means little.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Apr 26, 2015 - 2:01PM

    This was not done by any “group”. This was done by the same people who did Shehzad. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 26, 2015 - 3:46PM

    Did anyone claim responsibility for the attack on Hamid Mir or the murder of Saleem Shahzad?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 26, 2015 - 3:56PM

    There is more censorship in place now than the past decade to the extent that the ghost of Zia appears to have woken up. The voices of decent are being suppressed on the directives of the state within the state. LUMS cancels a seminar. ET moderation blocks slightest of criticisms against a particular agency. Same goes with Dawn. If you see last night’s Naseem Zehra’s show (available on YouTube), you would know precisely what I am referring to.Recommend

  • Darling
    Apr 26, 2015 - 4:48PM

    The group that carried out this murder never claims responsibilityRecommend

  • nadeem fazil
    Apr 26, 2015 - 9:01PM

    @TooTrue: any “intelligence wing” lacks the very quality.Recommend

  • bairooni haath
    Apr 27, 2015 - 12:01AM

    I don’t think it is difficult to put 2 & 2 together and figure out who would want her dead. Hint: they have something to hide in Balochistan. Recommend

  • Bitter Truth;
    Apr 27, 2015 - 12:42AM

    Three main players in the entire destruction of Pakistan: Pakistan Army, Mollvies and puppets politicians. Recommend

  • Dr.A.K, Tewari
    Apr 27, 2015 - 8:24AM

    Any one can kill any one in Pakistan now . That’s the ground reality there even then rhey need Kashmir to manage .Recommend

  • Anoni
    Apr 27, 2015 - 10:19AM

    I believe it more complex than what meets the eyes

    Remember 20 innocent labourer were killed just for building a dam. How can that be humane. and now this. It seems forces are at work that don’t want any development in Balochistan. it always about maligning but no work. Unfortunately we are too weak to handle the interference from outside our state.

    Stand UNITED to help ourselves out of this misery together.Recommend

    Apr 27, 2015 - 8:16PM

    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.”

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Alien1
    Apr 28, 2015 - 7:53AM

    In a civilian’s death why did the pakistan’s ISPR gives a statement, very odd.Recommend

  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Apr 28, 2015 - 7:35PM

    Only a secular Pakistan can survive . It is only then a heterogenious society can be managed with a secular constitution as it is working in India . Hindu India would have collapse much earlier . It does’nt mean that in India there is no religious fanatics , they are there but their role is limited and confined . Such eliments occationally become active in response to the need as happened in 1984 and in Gujraat . Some time communal violence is in responce to activities of fanaticts of other religion but our secular cpc and law enforcing agencies are capable to handle the in an undiscriminated manner . Such things are almost impossible in Islamic Republic of Pakistan . Now attempt are being done to ractify the mistakes of the past but it will remain futile in a Islamic state .Recommend

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