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Sabeen Mahmud’s murder widely condemned

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The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) condemned the killing of human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was brutally gunned down in Karachi a day earlier. “We condemn the tragic and unfortunate killing of Ms Sabeen Mahmud. Our heart goes out to bereaved family at this sad moment,” Director General ISPR, Asim Bajwa tweeted.

Condemning the murder as “tragic and unfortunate,” he said that intelligence agencies had been tasked to assist in the investigation of the killing. “Intelligence agencies have been tasked to render all possible assistance to investigating agencies for apprehension of perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

Agencies add: Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani has strongly denounced the killing of rights activist Sabeen Mahmoud in Karachi. He expressed his condolences with the bereaved family and said the perpetrators of the despicable act should be brought to justice.

Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani has strongly condemned the target killing of Sabeen Mahmud, human rights activist, social media campaigner and the director of social forum The Second Floor (T2F) on Friday evening in Defence Phase-II Karachi. Expressing deep grief and sorrow over the target killing of social rights activist, the Acting President said that Karachi has lost one of its greatest assets.

The Acting President stated that this is an attack on freedom of speech and expression and nothing can justify this inhuman killing. He directed Chief Minister Sindh to submit the report on the brutal murder immediately and arrests within 72 hours, and also directed the authorities concerned to ensure the provision of best medical treatment to the mother of Sabeen Mahmud who sustained bullet wounds in the cowardly attack.

Offering his condolences to the bereaved family, the Acting President said that the whole nation stood by them in this hour of great tragedy. Former President Asif Ali Zardari has also condemned the brutal targeted assassination of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi on Friday evening and called for the arrest and punishment to the perpetrators of crime as well as a thorough probe into the incident.

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 that needs to be probed Spokesperson quoted the former President as saying. He said the issue will also be raised in the Parliament. The former President also prayed for eternal rest to the soul of Sabeen Mahmud and patience to members of bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude. He also prayed for the early recovery of her mother who was wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, Additional Inspector General Karachi while taking notice of Sabeen Mahmood’s assassination made an investigation team. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Dr Jameel has been designated to supervise the probe process whereas Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) South, SSP investigation South, SDP and SHP Defence have also been included in the team.

Earlier, Director of The Second Floor T2F has on Friday been shot dead by unidentified men in Karachi while returning home from her café in Sunset Lane, Karachi. Sabeen was on her way to home along with her mother when she was attacked. Her mother has also been critically injured but guard remained safe. Sabeen’s dead body has been shifted to Jinnah Hospital, according to hospital management. Hospital management said that her body received five bullets.

An event was held at T2F on Friday titled Un-silencing Balochistan and she was returning just after holding the event when she was targeted. Wusatullah Khan, Mama Qadeer, Farzana Baloch and Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur attended the event. As soon as the news was aired on the TV, Twitter was abuzz with condemnation and demands for justice for Sabeen. It was a damage most people could not take that easily. They were left speechless.

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