Saad Aziz confesses to Sabeen's murder for holding Valentine's Day rally

Published: May 22, 2015
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Saad Aziz, one of the culprits arrested for involvement in The Second Floor café director Sabeen Mahmud’s murder confessed on Friday to killing her, Express News reported.

“We shot her for holding a Valentine’s Day rally,” Aziz reportedly said in his statement to the police.

“My friend was riding the motorcycle but I was sitting at the back and I shot her,” he added.

Read: ‘Good degrees and Kalashnikovs’

The IBA graduate added, “When she sat in the car after her Balochistan seminar, I followed her and when her car stopped at Sunset Boulevard signal I shot her.”

Aziz claimed he was a regular attendee at seminars held at Mahmud’s café and was also present at the seminar on ‘Unsilencing Balochistan’ following which she was shot dead.

“We followed her for days and gathered information on her before killing her,” the 27-year-old, father of one said.

Read: Arrested Safoora attack mastermind behind Sabeen’s murder: Sindh CM

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday while announcing that four men had been arrested claimed, Aziz, who had studied in the BBA programme at the IBA Karachi, was the mastermind of Mahmud’s murder, and the main accused in the Safoora incident.

Sabeen, along with her mother, was returning home from T2F in Defence Phase-II Extension when her car was attacked near the Defence Central Library traffic signal.

Read: T2F director Sabeen Mahmud shot dead

Hours earlier, she had hosted a seminar on the troubled province of Balochistan, featuring Mama Qadeer, the chairperson of Voice for Missing Baloch.

A ‘normal’ kid 

Friends recall that Saad was a ‘normal’ kid. He played football for IBA United and had a GPA above 3.0.

“For the first two years, he was a burger kid. He had girlfriends and we would have shisha at Indulge. He was funny, acted in plays and danced,” said a young man who was once a close friend.

But that all ended in his third year and his friends began noticing the radical nature of some of the changes Saad made in his life. He stopped talking to girls, began bunking classes and grew his beard out. He also dropped his old friends and began hanging out with religious-minded people from IBA’s Iqra Society.

After graduation, Saad lost touch with his friends. “He went somewhere for a few months. Someone said he had gone for jihad training,” said another friend.

“We knew he had gone off-track. He was not part of the Tableeghi Jamaat. He had become part of something else.”

In the year 2013, around eight ‘like-minded’ IBA graduates from the 2010 and 2011 batches began publishing an online magazine, titled ‘Al Rashideen’ [The Rightly Guided] in English.

Saad, who had expertise in producing different kind of pro-al Qaeda and Taliban media, was a part of its editorial team. “We present you this first issue of Al Rashideen,” he wrote under the screen-name ‘the editor’s desk’.

“We hope this to be a platform where relevant issues facing the Ummah are studied and analysed upon by students of colleges and universities, and Muslim youngsters whose first or second language is English.”

The first issue of this amateurishly-designed magazine, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, had “Iran must fall before Palestine can be liberated” as its cover story along with other disturbingly radical content. For instance, a sectarian speech made by Haq Nawaz Jhangvi , who founded Sipah-e-Sahaba in the 1980, was translated and reproduced with the title ‘The men who rocked Kufr’.

Saad, who did his O-levels from Beacon House and A-levels from Lyceum, is married and even has a baby daughter. He belongs to a well-to-do family; his father was once a director at Unilever, while he himself owns a restaurant.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Liberal
    May 22, 2015 - 1:50PM

    A moment of silence for all those who were blaming the army for Sabeen Mehmud’s murder.Recommend

  • Shakil
    May 22, 2015 - 2:32PM

    He is still giving the answer and motivation that is set in plan if he get caught this statement he will issue, Authorities need to get out the real motive and forces behind him!Recommend

  • ameena
    May 22, 2015 - 2:39PM

    This is disturbing on so many levels. Recommend

  • azmat
    May 22, 2015 - 2:39PM

    So what happened to the conspiracy theory promoted by all the media outlets implicating ISI in the murder case. I have not seen a single apology from any news channel or paper for promoting negative theories against our premier intelligence agency.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 22, 2015 - 2:57PM

    and the liberal fascists were blaming ISI. Recommend

  • Mian Muhammad Sikandar
    May 22, 2015 - 2:59PM

    I am stunned that a well educated Guy can be trapped so easily.We must know the forces behind him and exposed such things.I am concerned about her little baby daughter. But he has destroyed so many lives so must be punished about exposing the facts.Recommend

  • shehryar
    May 22, 2015 - 3:05PM

    valentine’s day rally?? what’s next? shooting someone for flying a kite on basant? for holding a mehndi function on their wedding?

    sounds very far-fetched.Recommend

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin
    May 22, 2015 - 3:07PM

    Please don’t say him culprit until courts nominated him as culprit, as may be possible he is not involved.Recommend

  • Logitech
    May 22, 2015 - 3:31PM

    This is the basic different between liberals and Islamists (conservatives). A liberal will never kill you for expressing your views, he will only voice his opinion in protest. However, an Islamist will kill you unless you conform to his ways.Recommend

  • IGK IGK
    May 22, 2015 - 4:03PM

    He should be shot like he shot Sabeen or those innocent people at Safoora Recommend

  • PapaTango
    May 22, 2015 - 5:03PM

    Censorship at Tribune. I wonder what would the New York Times would think about that…Let me know the ombudsman and contact. Thank you.Recommend

  • SHS
    May 22, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Killing this person, if found guilty, would be too easy. If convicted, a punishment of unbearable proportion should be handed out. Something that will not kill him but give him so much pain that he suffers each and every moment for the rest of his life for having shot dead a peace loving girl in front of her mother. Maybe tie him to a pole in front of his family home and have people from all over this city come, stand in line, and throw stones on him. Once he is about to succumb to his injuries, give him enough first aid that will make him live, then rinse and repeat. Do this over and over and over again so that he suffers in agony. No words can describe such a barbarian, such a monster, such an animal. Recommend

  • aaziz
    May 22, 2015 - 6:05PM

    @Syed Minhaj Uddin:
    Are you insane? He has confessed what type of court will say he is not guilty. Think before you write!Recommend

  • Zohaib Ahsan
    May 22, 2015 - 6:26PM

    The so called liberal doesn’t have much knowledge of religion. So when they incline towards religion they can’t differentiate what is being taught or propagate in name of Islam is right and what is being wrong. Saad must had no idea about lashker jhangwi before he fell in their trap. All I want to say understand Islam yourself and fight the extremist with logic. Because its the war of two mindset not individuals.Recommend

  • sz
    May 22, 2015 - 6:48PM

    The takfiri mindset has infiltrated to educated ones. No tolerance for someone who favored Valentine’s day. Now this is an alarming situation. Unfortunately, its repercussions will keep appearing in the long run. How to curb this?Recommend

  • tweety
    May 22, 2015 - 7:30PM

    I dont buy this doesn’t make sense. Doesn’t add upRecommend

  • Mahira
    May 22, 2015 - 8:04PM

    @SHS:
    I second that..what heartless creatures! We say the Taliban are illiterate bafoons, but what about this educated barbarian. How could he kill a young woman infront of her own mother!!!! May Allah have mercy on us..we’ve gone far away from the teachings of Islam. Recommend

  • amir jafri
    May 22, 2015 - 8:06PM

    Let us hope and pray that the liberaloons, secularoons, murtadoons and the westoxicated scum learn a lesson from this and stop aping western “culture”Recommend

  • Are you kidding me
    May 22, 2015 - 9:36PM

    @SHS and @Mahira:

    Are you guys serious? If you stoop to the level of the “heartless creatures” then what does that make you? I agree punish the guy but keep your humanity intact. You guys don’t sound too different from the extremists in your comments.Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 22, 2015 - 9:45PM

    Saad Aziz and the other three deserve to be hanged………TODAY…….but the history of our judicial system shows this will most probably linger on for decades and justice will NOT be done.Recommend

  • Azi
    May 22, 2015 - 10:11PM

    One would think that an educated person, having experienced a liberal life making girlfriends and indulging in other fun activities would know better..You can almost relate this to the similar mentality many Indian Masters and PhD graduates have in US, i.e. dating 13 year olds when their parents arnt around. This proves to us that education can only help so much, its really the person’s mentality that needs fixing.Recommend

  • Mutehir
    May 22, 2015 - 10:50PM

    And that makes you different from these barbarians how? @SHS: Recommend

  • Naseer
    May 22, 2015 - 10:59PM

    Also an eye opener for those who blame madrisa students for all these evils.
    Well done Karachi Police for intelligently capturing the culprits. Bravo !!Recommend

  • Schabboo Khan
    May 22, 2015 - 11:32PM

    It will take a generation to cleanse the soul of this nation. But please, please, please round up the people, close down the institution, and burn the literature that poisons these minds.Recommend

  • Fatima
    May 22, 2015 - 11:59PM

    This is so disturbing!Recommend

  • Adil
    May 23, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Publishing a glamour picture of terrorist? Is Tribune with radicals, subliminally promoting their cause? He wants Sharia so do I … let him be tried under Sharia and if convicted given punishment accordingly.Recommend

  • tariq
    May 23, 2015 - 12:31AM

    This what happens if you do not guide your kids about religion then some one else will be able to guide him according to his way.
    pplease look into this aspect.Recommend

  • Nero
    May 23, 2015 - 1:02AM

    Everyone needs to hold their horses a bit. The guy has “confessed” in a police station, not in front of a court. Don’t people know how confessions are extracted in police stations? Just because these were terrorism cases you want the first guy arrested to be hanged? It could have easily been you (as we know about police). Recommend

  • Seemab
    May 23, 2015 - 1:18AM

    hmm I don’t get it. Valentine’s Day was back in February..there was plenty of time between now and then for this unfortunate incident to happen. Why right after the balochistan seminar? Something isn’t adding up. Normally they can never find culprits for any major thing in this country. And now in a matter of days they have a confession down as well. Not buying it..story not adding up on many levels. I mean if he was linked to all 3 incidents, he must’ve been following at least 5 different ideologies, and well I dunno, just sounds extremely off. I’m sure the guy’s a radical, but I have trouble believing this was a one or two man show. Something’s fishy for sure. Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 23, 2015 - 1:32AM

    For those who were blaming the intelligence agencies, please bow your head in shame.. I hope the culprit is tried in military court and hanged in public place… Who is he to decide what is right and what is wrong… Recommend

  • dasmr
    May 23, 2015 - 1:52AM

    That’s all wrong.His actual name is Saada Zha and he is from Jhumritalaiyya. He was trained in timbuctoo by RAW and he was made to eat raw fish to become a raw assasin. QED,Recommend

  • Farrukhshah
    May 23, 2015 - 2:08AM

    Tableeghi Jammaat is acting as a nursery for the extremist elements. They come to hand pick people at tableeghi Ijtimas and play with minds already softened for their purpose.Recommend

  • Saad khan
    May 23, 2015 - 2:30AM

    Isn’t there a possibility that he has made a false confession as a result of police torture? We all know that how good our police and judicial system is…

    Nothing has been made transparent about him until now, no clue of what are the evidences that drove to his arrest?
    If he has really done it then who is commanding him for such acts… I don’t see somebody killing unarmed civilians for organising a valentine’s day rally where we all see a lot of injustice in many other aspects of life … Like theft, snatching, rape etc by the real big shots with political background … Anybody with self motivation woild probably punish those first .. Otherwise there is someone who is commanding him ..Recommend

  • Ali
    May 23, 2015 - 2:44AM

    I don’t know this guy personally.
    Imagine, a gun pointing at your head and forcing you to accept the killing of XYZ.
    In case if you refused, you are told that your family will be finished so better accept that you killed the person. What would any person do in such a scenario?
    Think about it!Recommend

  • gaga lady
    May 23, 2015 - 3:09AM

    @aaziz:
    Beta he may have not confessed.have you seen him comfessing. And also confessional statements are made in khi police custodyRecommend

  • Humanity
    May 23, 2015 - 4:12AM

    @aaziz wrote:
    @Syed Minhaj Uddin:
    Are you insane? He has confessed what type of court will say he is not guilty. Think before you write!

    @aaziz,

    The same court that is working hard to set Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri free after his confession of a cold blooded murder in broad day light in front of several witnesses.

    This is Pakistan, mister!Recommend

  • Shakti
    May 23, 2015 - 5:10AM

    Why is the Islamic world so insecure? Valentine’s Day is celebrated in India too. So is Id and so is Diwali. The ideology needs to reform. Pakistan needs to become secular otherwise it will struggle to adjust to the world.Recommend

  • observer
    May 23, 2015 - 5:22AM

    @Liberal:

    “A moment of silence for all those who were blaming the army for Sabeen Mehmud’s murder.”

    Not so fast. Do you remember that fall guy A.Q.Khan that the army blamed for all the nuke proliferation while totally absolving itself?Recommend

  • la la
    May 23, 2015 - 7:47AM

    @SHS:
    What a sadistic and barbarian individual you are. People like you should be convicted first. This country is caught between liberal extremists and religious zealots.Recommend

  • Rehman Khilji
    May 23, 2015 - 8:40AM

    If could only make Saad Aziz read the views over the article.
    One calling him as Islamist others babaric, some making conspiracy theory and others blamming the judicial system.

    Firstly, the Qadri isnt free and justice will prevail in that case too. Yes this is Pakistan, our judicial system has many loop holes and people tend to use it well. Just man made laws and the same can never be perfect.
    Every person practice islam is an Islamist, just one was taught the teachings with hate and one was taught with love. The difference is the former teachings are for political reasons and the later for one to be a better muslim.
    Education was considered at least by me to be a source of bringing a change, now that has proven wrong big time. Almighty knows better what made this kid changed, what brainwashed his mind and who was the person using him for all this.
    This idiot is having a daughter, she will face now all sort of hardships for doings of his father, the family will now have their own nightmares.
    For all those to whom story is not bring added up, just to remind that this time Army Chief placed his foot down and i have strong reason to believe that it wud have been the army intelligence closing down on them.
    Nevertheless the culprit is caught, he should be hanged in public, let the other see that you cant take someones life no matter how wrong the person is and how right u are.
    Rest much is still to b seen….!! Recommend

  • ali Anwer
    May 23, 2015 - 9:44AM

    Christmas, Eids, Diwali, Valentine’s day, Father’s day and Mother’s day. Let people enjoy and celebrate as and how they please. We live in a so called free society. Live and let Live. stop this madness. Never in my life did i think that people would kill in the name of Allah. Oh people change your mindset. Recommend

  • Rabia
    May 23, 2015 - 11:30AM

    Did they copy the idea of killing her from the Indian movie ‘Rang de Basanti’?Recommend

  • Nazia
    May 23, 2015 - 12:34PM

    The thing which really offences me is that why do they blame Islam in all this
    the ideology these guys r following is not even close to my deen
    Did the Hz Muhammad (saw) go around killing people
    Mannnn he was the kindest
    We seriously need to teach islamiat the right way and by the right scholars
    I don’t celebrate all these days but it doesn’t mean that I’ll go around killing or even hating those people who do this
    U never know who is better in the sight of Allah swt
    We need to set examples
    And the first thing we desperately need to be is a human
    I think pakistan is gradually loosing on humanity what happened to the brotherhood
    we don’t feel each other’s pain
    for us it’s just a news Recommend

  • Nazia
    May 23, 2015 - 12:34PM

    The thing which really offences me is that why do they blame Islam in all this
    the ideology these guys r following is not even close to my deen
    Did the Hz Muhammad (saw) go around killing people
    Mannnn he was the kindest
    We seriously need to teach islamiat the right way and by the right scholars
    I don’t celebrate all these days but it doesn’t mean that I’ll go around killing or even hating those people who do this
    U never know who is better in the sight of Allah swt
    We need to set examples
    And the first thing we desperately need to be is a human
    I think pakistan is gradually loosing on humanity what happened to the brotherhood
    we don’t feel each other’s pain
    for us it’s just a news Recommend

  • Nazia
    May 23, 2015 - 12:34PM

    The thing which really offences me is that why do they blame Islam in all this
    the ideology these guys r following is not even close to my deen
    Did the Hz Muhammad (saw) go around killing people
    Mannnn he was the kindest
    We seriously need to teach islamiat the right way and by the right scholars
    I don’t celebrate all these days but it doesn’t mean that I’ll go around killing or even hating those people who do this
    U never know who is better in the sight of Allah swt
    We need to set examples
    And the first thing we desperately need to be is a human
    I think pakistan is gradually loosing on humanity what happened to the brotherhood
    we don’t feel each other’s pain
    for us it’s just a news Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 23, 2015 - 12:44PM

    Provision of a facility that satisfy the inside wish is a tool to convert a fake good individual into a monster.

    Education means nothing at all, he was educated from the best of the best institutions
    yet his behavior is most likely irrational. So does Educated professors do driving violations.
    Its time that we should have an absolute police state , with no civil rights for at least 10 yearsRecommend

  • ali Anwer
    May 23, 2015 - 2:31PM

    The warped and distorted mindset that these young men have and the causes they espoused speaks volumes of the dangers society is facing and being seriously endangered from. The powers that be must address such issues on a war footing. Educational institutes must be monitored to check jihadis element in its ranks and it must ensured that hate and venom is not indoctrinated in the young minds of these otherwise brilliant students.Recommend

  • Niazi
    May 23, 2015 - 5:19PM

    It is easy for the terrorist groups to brain wash these burger boys, as they don’t have the full in depth knowledge of Islam and they an be aroused easily. This matter should be taken as an example and we have to make long term planning to avoid this type of issue in future.Recommend

  • Hasnain haider
    May 23, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Government should open their eyes.This is not the first time that culprits are so called graduate of such leading educational institutions.They should take strict action against these so called jihadis whose original mission is to degrade and villificate our religion and misguide our youth and prepare them for such heinous massacres.Like the religious institutions operation should be imposed in such institutions against these elements who actually reproach our institutions,educational system and also pakistan.Government, our society and each n every literate individual should stoped them and avoid plus condemn on every forum for their hatred ideology which is totally depend on false concepts and killings on the basis of sectirism. Recommend

  • chemaine majid
    May 23, 2015 - 7:31PM

    I see many comments here insulting liberals. What have liberals done. Liberals don’t go around killing people because they celebrate valentines day. This is a clear cut example of extremism and our people allowing it to get rooted in our country. We don’t question our mullahs when they spew hatred. This man got radicalised. he must have already had the ingrediants of cognitive distortions and those were played upon. End result he became a cold blooded murderer. But this does not end here. Who did this to him. and why are radical organisations allowed on campuses of universities?Recommend

  • Love4All
    May 24, 2015 - 4:14AM

    So this wasn’t done by uneducated, ignorant Mullah. This is done by educated but ignorant so called Muslim.

    Are you kidding me, you can kill someone just because she hold a rally. You are not by any means Muslim. Honestly, I am crying because the Ummah of the Rahmatul AlAlameen has gone too far. You are nowhere close to be called the follower of Rahmatul AlAlameen.

    Shame on you and your being claiming to be Muslim. Recommend

  • Saleem
    May 24, 2015 - 10:44AM

    Shame on libtards who always act as judge and jury. Without missing a second they started blaming the variables like ‘agencies’, ‘establishment’ etc etc. The sympathizers of BLA should smell the coffee now.Recommend

  • Liberal
    May 24, 2015 - 12:10PM

    @chemaine majid: What have liberals done. We only say things that incites illiterate people to go and kill people. And then we blame the ISI and the state religion. We don’t go kill people but we just don’t have the brains to think before we speak.Recommend

  • noshdoc
    May 24, 2015 - 12:25PM

    @Shakti:
    Dear sir,India has its own radical force by the name of Shiv Sena which is against celebrating Valentine’s Day and has on more than one occasion expressed intolerance against different religions and followers of different religions esp Muslims so we all have skeletons in our closets so the best way to reform this world is by reforming ourselves as the blame game is too easy to play. Recommend

  • Peace
    May 25, 2015 - 10:24AM

    @SHS:
    You call him a monster then say he needs tying to a post while people throw stones at him? How about put him in prison? You know? Like a civilised people would do?

    Its truly disturbing how backwards some countries are. No matter how educated their people, they can be turned into a murdering, lunatic in a blink of an eye.Recommend

  • Zohaib Ali Khan
    May 25, 2015 - 10:56AM

    Killed for valentines day rally? This is the most bogus cover up by ISI/agencies for Sabeen’s murder. For heaven’s sake even the restaurant of Saad Aziz offered special deals for valentines day.Recommend

  • Maaz
    May 26, 2015 - 2:37PM

    The restaurant owned by this guy celebrated Valentines day by offering deals/discounts etc. It’s unbelievable the dearth of good investigative journalism these days. Kindly get your facts straight ET and then publish! Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:14PM

    Dear friends just search his Facebook Id you will get it everything by his cold bleed-ed post and picture and its a real id you can see when it had been signed up… first time police story seems real. they are hero this time. Recommend

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