Assassination

Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani activist, killed by unidentified gunmen

Moments after hosting an event in Kirachi for “disappeared people,” 40-year-old social and human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud was fatally shot when the car that was carrying her away from the event came under heavy fire from unidentified gunmen on Friday night. She was shot four times and was pronounced dead on arrival after being rushed to a hospital. Her mother was riding in the car with her and was wounded in the attack. Mahmud was one of the nation’s most outspoken activists on human and women’s rights. “Sabeen was a voice of reason, pluralism and secularism,” a fellow activist told Al Jazeera. “The kind of creed that endangers the insidious side of constructed Pakistani nationalism.” The killing sparked outrage and a wave of grief, and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered an investigation into the attack. Mourners were photographed carrying Mahmud’s casket through the streets on Saturday.
Read the full story at Al Jazeera.

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