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Director T2F Sabeen Mahmud shot dead in Karachi

Updated Apr 25, 2015 06:58am


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T2F Director Sabeen Mahmud. — White Star
T2F Director Sabeen Mahmud. — White Star
A policeman and security officer inspect a car after the murder of Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2015. — Reuters
A policeman and security officer inspect a car after the murder of Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2015. — Reuters
A pair of sandals lies amid broken glass in a car after the murder of Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2015. — Reuters
A pair of sandals lies amid broken glass in a car after the murder of Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2015. — Reuters

KARACHI: The director of The Second Floor (T2F), Sabeen Mahmud, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Karachi on Friday.

Sabeen, accompanied by her mother, left T2F after 9pm on Friday evening and was on her way home when she was shot by unidentified gunmen in Defence Phase-II, sources confirmed. She died on her way to the hospital. Doctors said they retrieved five bullets from her body, which has now been shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Her mother also sustained bullet wounds and is currently being treated at a hospital; she is said to be in critical condition.

T2F had on Friday organised a talk on Balochistan: 'Unsilencing Balochistan Take 2: In Conversation with Mama Qadeer, Farzana Baloch & Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur.'

Read: T2F hosts the Balochistan discussion that others shy away from

Sabeen had left T2F after attending the session, when she was targeted.

T2F, described as a community space for open dialogue, was Sabeen's brainchild. In an interview with Aurora, she referred to it as “an inclusive space where different kinds of people can be comfortable.”

Sabeen Mahmud — a profile

Conceived as a bookstore and café patterned after the old coffeehouse culture of Lahore and Karachi, The Second Floor — or T2F, as everyone calls it — says on its website that it was born out of a desire to enact transformational change in urban Pakistani society.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Nasreen Jalil, while talking to DawnNews, condemned Sabeen Mahmud's killing and demanded the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, taking notice of the incident, has asked the Additional Inspector-General Karachi Police to submit a report on the brutal murder, DawnNews reported.

Condolences pour in

The reluctant non-conformist

Extracts from a profile published in Aurora Magazine

T2F Director Sabeen Mahmud never wanted to walk the off-beaten path; she simply walked, or actually ran full speed in the direction she wanted to. Never mind that everyone else seemed to be going in the opposite direction. She barely noticed. She was too busy running.

A rebel’s daughter who gave up a life of Tetris, Mac doodling and professional cricket (after three knee injuries) to start a NGO that promotes the arts, culture, science, technology, activism and advocacy… and she did it all just to make some new friends, and maybe start some interesting conversations. Six years and nearly 600 events later, T2F has to its credit national and international press coverage, countless donations and the kind of cult following typically reserved for rock bands. Mahmud doesn’t see that though.

“I didn’t think this is a big deal, this is just a small little community space.”

But that word ‘community’ still hits home.

“When people say… we really feel at home here… that has been like balloons and ice-cream, I have been living on that for the past six years.”


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Hafeez Imran Apr 24, 2015 10:25pm
            RIP....All progressives..... please stay safe from barbarian killers..... expect no safety....              
AK Apr 24, 2015 10:25pm

so sad

Pilgrim Apr 24, 2015 10:25pm

Some MEN trying to be brave by killing an innocent unarmed woman. Shame on you and rot in hell.

Asad Apr 24, 2015 10:28pm

Why don't you reveal all the facts as to why she was attacked? Show some courage!

SHOAIB KAHUT Apr 24, 2015 10:30pm

Very Sad.. RIP

bharath Apr 24, 2015 10:31pm

Unless moderates unite and actively protect the country,the extremists are going to rampage every one..

Savvy Apr 24, 2015 10:32pm

Now terrorists have turned to killing businessmen and industrialists. Still no change in the Pakistan government soft approach to terrorism. Sympathisers abound in the system.

Party man Apr 24, 2015 10:33pm

that's all we are good at now ... killing people and that also defenseless people... so sad really shame on authorities. They will take notice...

CommonMan Apr 24, 2015 10:35pm

This is so sad. May her soul rest in peace and those behind all this be punished.

Muhammad Farooq Apr 24, 2015 10:35pm

RIP. Our goverment is busy polishing royal apple while we are losing our assets at home. Who is responsible?

Spartan Apr 24, 2015 10:37pm

Karachi is staging some high profile assassinations. Crippling the city.

Noman Ansari Apr 24, 2015 10:37pm

I am utterly shocked. She was such a fantastic person. I..... my thoughts go out to her family. Karachi has lost one of its greatest assets.

Mudi Apr 24, 2015 10:38pm

Very cowardly act by operative. You can't even argue with a woman and kill her?

Nasir Apr 24, 2015 10:38pm

First masood Hamid and now Sabeen Mehmood. A different kind of brain drain. God help us.

Mohammad Apr 24, 2015 10:38pm

This is a war against pluralistic voices in Pakistan. I encourage everyone to signup for monthly donations on T2F's website to keep their mission strong and moving along.

Talat Haque Apr 24, 2015 10:39pm

Sad beyond words

Zahid Khan Apr 24, 2015 10:40pm

Well done Pakistan we have killed another innocent civilian!!!!!

laka Apr 24, 2015 10:40pm

perhaps the cancellation at LUMS was justified.. security inadequate, threats too great to ignore... expect society to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil

jaatboy Apr 24, 2015 10:43pm

Not even God can save this country

Qasim Apr 24, 2015 10:43pm

Another voice silenced.


gulzarkhan Apr 24, 2015 10:43pm

she paid the price for raising her voice. rest in peace.

Suren Apr 24, 2015 10:44pm

Unfortunate...... Look at the amount of distrust !!! Strange, that many are happy to welcome Saudi cleric !! Contrasting..... Religion must be segregated from politics...

mitul Apr 24, 2015 10:46pm

lawless pakistan. one would have a much better chance staying alive in syria than pak. bomb blasts, prominent people being murdered in daylight. way of life

Mahboob Mohsin Apr 24, 2015 10:46pm

this is shocking. . .this is as condemnable as were the cases of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. . this is terrible. . . where is the freedom of expression? this is another sane voice just shut down forcibly. . .

Asad Shairani Apr 24, 2015 10:48pm

Shocking! Extremely sad, a huge loss for this city and country. Craziness prevails once again.

shoaib Apr 24, 2015 10:48pm

Baluchistan is as much part of Pakistan as Punjab, Sindh and KPK... agencies, for the love of god, please let us be and stop patronizing us!

Ahmed Shaikh Apr 24, 2015 10:49pm
            Loss of life is always unfortunate. Freedom of speech is a prerogative of every person but it cannot transcend National Security. Mama Qadeer is a controversial character, there is evidence of his association with BLA. The issue of enforced disappearances and missing persons of Balochistan must surely be sorted out, it requires political will.              
Harish Bansal Apr 24, 2015 10:49pm

World community must put heavy sanction on Pakistan for this gross violation of human rights and free speech.

ibrahim Batozie kakar Apr 24, 2015 10:49pm

Rest in peace Sabeen Mahmud, a sane voice. We the people of balochistan will never never forget sacrificed your life for the cause of balochistan.

Hafiz Apr 24, 2015 10:49pm

Pakistan should ask its iron friend China to investigate this cowardly act as Pakistan has a very corrupt police force.

SZ Apr 24, 2015 10:50pm


When will this public stand up?! How many more have to die?! Enough! Start standing up!!! Enough is enough!

Krezy Apr 24, 2015 10:50pm

Oh God... Seems lil space left for left leaning chaps...

jibran Apr 24, 2015 10:51pm

She has been silenced just like HM targeted, and for the same reasons.

Arshad Apr 24, 2015 10:51pm

Extremely sorry to see good people being shot down for doing something good for Pakistan. As such intellectuals continue to be killed and silenced, in the same way our politicians continue to be deaf, mute, blind and corrupt. May she rest in peace.

Junaid Apr 24, 2015 10:52pm
            Wow.....Now this is what you do ?              
majid sheikh Apr 24, 2015 10:52pm
            First LUMS. Now this. 
Yousuf Apr 24, 2015 10:53pm
            Did not know her personally, but I am deeply saddened. A great loss to Karachi and Pakistan. But sacrifices of brave people like Sabeen and Parveen Rehman will not go in vain. Inshallah, soon Pakistan will be liberated from the clutches of evil.              
Myriam Urooj Apr 24, 2015 10:56pm

Truly shocked and sad to know of this terrible attack on Sabeen Mahmud. She has done so much for Peace in this city. God Bless Her. She will be missed terribly.

Vaqar Hasan Apr 24, 2015 10:56pm


ali Apr 24, 2015 10:57pm
            I am certain that people start Ponting figure as usually without any prove. But have to admit that there are international players that part of bigger problem..              
sheerin Apr 24, 2015 10:57pm

Very shocking news n a huge loss #RIPSabeen

Javed Apr 24, 2015 10:57pm
            Bad decisions. 
Raheel Apr 24, 2015 10:58pm

very sad

Zahid Shafiq Apr 24, 2015 11:01pm

This is truly, truly very bad news. She was a considerate, fair and open-minded person, with values of the kind that this country sorely needs.

It is a very sad day for all peace-loving people. Karachi has lost one of its prominent citizens today.

May God rest her soul in peace, and may He also enable her mother to recover fully, quickly and comprehensively. Amen.

Kautiliya Apr 24, 2015 11:01pm

Bhagwan Sabeen ko Atma ko shanti de aur, us ke parivar aur dosto ko shanti de.

It appears that there is a Death Squad active in Pakistan as it was active in South American Countries. There should be a Judicial Inquiry to look at this growing cancer in Pakistani Society.

dp Apr 24, 2015 11:03pm

Some body need to so something about situation in Karachi. Deploy army and sack police.

N.Sid Apr 24, 2015 11:05pm

Mama Qadeer issue was highlighted many times in the media, nothing happened. This I think is to undermine. Lot of factors can be attributed to this, operation against militants, proxies being decimated, Karachi operation, militants proxies of other countries cut to size and hence the vengeance.

This is a complex world these days when it comes to geo-politics, too many players, too much stakes.

Apr 24, 2015 11:07pm

So sad. We have lost a brilliant star.Must resolve to bring the killers to justice.

Parvez Apr 24, 2015 11:07pm

What's happened to Nawaz Sharif and Raheel Shrif's much heralded ' National Action Plan ' ?........ terrorism flourishes and our judiciary plays impotent.

Asad Sultan Apr 24, 2015 11:10pm

Another intellect gone I pray we may not go extinct soon. May she rest in peace

Narender Suthar Apr 24, 2015 11:10pm

An other voice silenced! Speechless!!!!!!

khan Apr 24, 2015 11:10pm

Shocked and devastated! RIP #SabeenMahmud

Sonny Afridi Apr 24, 2015 11:12pm

Culprits are likely the same terrorist groups like BLF who have targeted laborers as well as female professors. Must crack down on these groups. Of course BBC and other media will likely have a field day trying to implicate ISI and the 'usual' convenient targets. RIP

Azeem Apr 24, 2015 11:12pm

T2F has to its credit national and international press coverage, countless donations and the kind of cult following typically reserved for rock bands..

Zoya Anwer Apr 24, 2015 11:12pm

Rest in Peace Sabeen.You were great, you were love and those who killed you had no heart. You'll be missed.

Thank you for being there.

Hamid Khan Apr 24, 2015 11:13pm

A Great Loss !!

Rabz Apr 24, 2015 11:16pm

@asad agree with you

Sajid Apr 24, 2015 11:17pm

Big loss of Humanity. Such people are assets of Pakistan. They are hope for us. RIP.

Munz Apr 24, 2015 11:17pm

Yet another shameful and baseless crucification of free speech in this extremist country!

FarazArsh Apr 24, 2015 11:18pm

regrettable, its the series of terrorism that also swept Debra Lobo and is intended to instigate a civil war between any two given groups in Pakistan. We have to trust that any Pakistani patriot would not silence any ones views and not spread this violence. Our security agencies have to address the root cause of this terror spread and take a quick action. Secondly establishment of military courts that execute the terrorists creating strong deterrence for miscreants would also be a good idea.

NS Apr 24, 2015 11:20pm

Oh but since she has died, she will get some respect, otherwise, she would have been ridiculed like other survivors.

anshul Apr 24, 2015 11:21pm

Stop writing RIP and move on policies. Do act .gather some courage fight these criminals.

A H Nayyar Apr 24, 2015 11:21pm

Deeply saddened to lose another brave soul. How original and courageous she was!

Manish Desai Apr 24, 2015 11:22pm

When the dreamers are murdered, all that are left are nightmares.

Deam Apr 24, 2015 11:22pm

sad news

evil is so depressed for last few months... recently very much and making mistakes continuously. and it won't help at all

Uzair Apr 24, 2015 11:23pm

Sabeen truly a shining light in a ever darkening country ... this is shocking. RIP Sabeen ... you will be missed.

Aziz Apr 24, 2015 11:24pm

Any update on her mother's condition?

mba Apr 24, 2015 11:25pm

Our dear lady Sabeen, your little community space was a big deal and you were a big blessing for our country. They are targetting the very diamonds of Pakistan day in day out. Our country woud remain with burnt earth! STOP THEM!!!

faqir hashmani mustafa Apr 24, 2015 11:25pm


ivehadit Apr 24, 2015 11:26pm

in whose interest was it to do this ? These cowards, who kill and run away, need to come forward and say we did this.

huge price to pay for a simple idea - talk it through and everyone benefits.

may her soul rest in peace.

Sana Apr 24, 2015 11:28pm

@Asad What kind of facts you are expecting?

TAKhan Apr 24, 2015 11:33pm

The killers have only proved that they are the scum of the earth. I can't even say 'worse than animals' because it will be clearly an insult to the intelligence of animals.

ENGR OSMAN Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm

Terrible news indeed - Pakistan continues to pay the price of the evil that terrorism is & the world is only watching. Grave pity that our government is more occupied with providing security to the Arabian peninsula!

Kamni Syed Apr 24, 2015 11:35pm

May you rest in peace special lady. You were the voice for the voiceless. kxx

Dr. Sadaf Apr 24, 2015 11:36pm

@mitul , what is the crime rate in India, is it zero.

Khalid Apr 24, 2015 11:36pm

I brings tears to my eyes. Pakistan and particularly Karachi is now full of animals. Animals who would kill anyone with a voice. They would kill anyone who doesn't agree with their way of life. I can not believe that in my city, there are people like that who roam around the city killing people. Can we not stand up and get our city rid of these animals?. What a coward and useless people we have become. We have no right to call ourselves humans.

Zohaib Sikander Apr 24, 2015 11:36pm

@NS nope. We respected her even when she was alive. That lady has always been respected by the regulars of T2F and always will be.

Emad Apr 24, 2015 11:36pm

in lil lahi on ina ilyihe rajioun. Death is the only certainty, I don't know much about her but at least she died for a noble cause she believed in.

Ahmed Apr 24, 2015 11:37pm

God bless Pakistan This so godless Pakistan

Rizwan Apr 24, 2015 11:37pm

A disturbing news for the society that is slowly opening up and moving forward. It also shows that various mafias are still active.

Hamde Ali Bogra Apr 24, 2015 11:40pm

This is outrageous! A very sad day for Karachi, for Pakistan, and for a world community who cherish all that she stood for. How cowardly and disgusting are her assailants, too afraid to come out of the shadows to engage in debate in the light of day. They feel threatened by women, yet haven't the gumption to confront the issues that women raise. Pathetic cretins, and sadly too many of them in the country.

Abdullah Hussein Apr 24, 2015 11:45pm

The cruelest phrase is 'unknown people'. I have never been inside T2F, but that is not the point. A young idealist who constructed an edifice of culture and put her soul in it to cater to people she didn't know in the merciless city was the proof that humans are able sometimes to surpass angels.

Respect Everyone Apr 24, 2015 11:46pm

Another light of hope lost to senseless killings by mindless thugs. RIP Sabeen!!! LEAs do your job.... catch her killers (that is your duty and the right thing to do) and stop driving political agenda forward!!!!

Sense Apr 24, 2015 11:48pm

@Harish Bansal free speech are you kidding me you have muzzled 6 million Kashmiris

Nash Apr 24, 2015 11:51pm

Incredibly saddened by her death

SKD Apr 24, 2015 11:54pm

They killed a liberal voice. In fact our psyche is afraid of any free soul.

Khanchacha Dilliwale Apr 25, 2015 12:01am

Just another day in the history of Pakistan.

Azeem Apr 25, 2015 12:01am

So sad! Silenced another voice. But how long?

adnanshah Apr 25, 2015 12:01am

He who created us from a tiny sperm Can change anything as he likes. Mr Jaat boy please don't say even God can't save us. We all know what is happening around us but we ignore it because we want to live for ourself no unity like the old days were what ever happens our people would be united

Azra Raza Apr 25, 2015 12:02am

Please pray for the full recovery of Mahnaz Mahmud.

Loosing Sabeen will not be easy for her and all of us who knew her.

Big hero Apr 25, 2015 12:03am

I don't when will Karachi people will wake u ? And ask their local leaders for safety

Riazuddin Ahmed, Calgary Apr 25, 2015 12:07am

A society that kills its intellectuals, ultimately dies itself. Inna Lillahe wa Innal elaihe Rajeoon - but not in this way!!! So sad.

O Hanif Apr 25, 2015 12:07am

We all know who is doing that, they donot open dialogue in Pakistan. No hope. It is bound to be doomed. Pakistan couldn't be saved by Chinese dolloars as they are investing for their benefit. A small group of Paskitanis will make million for that investment.

OZ Apr 25, 2015 12:08am

@Asad apparently you know the facts so why don't you tell us.

Ahmed Apr 25, 2015 12:11am

Rest in peace.

Zak Apr 25, 2015 12:12am

@bharath extremists are born of injustices, like Indian occupied Kashmir, Afghan occupations, palistine etc. that are the basis for extremists to influence other extremists, which then spawns into ideologies that want their own justice.

Zak Apr 25, 2015 12:13am

Going down of learned people is the saddest news.RIP

Sarah Alam Apr 25, 2015 12:13am

I am truly saddened to hear about Sabeens murder two murders in a row on fridays. Very shocking and disturbing both were good friends. Masood and Sabeen two moderate liberal faces of Karachi.

kp Apr 25, 2015 12:14am

Handiwork of good terrorists, I guess.

OZ Apr 25, 2015 12:15am

where are our PM and COAS who have been running back and forth to SA to guarantee the safety and security of their country while innocent Pakistani have been slaughtered everyday. Mr. PM, please save your country first then get into other peoples business.

jaree Apr 25, 2015 12:17am

This is what to expect from karachi may the people enjoy they chosen party .

furrukh sadiq Apr 25, 2015 12:19am

My dear inspiration, may ur soul rest in peace. May the fight for the right to question every wrong doing will contonue.

Ali Apr 25, 2015 12:25am

Now our policy will say that killer bike.... and so on and will never catch also have family..

Atif Apr 25, 2015 12:27am

Who ever is doing this is systematically killing intellectual gems of out country. A couple of weeks ago I heard a similar news about a dean of a medical university. So sad. We have failed as a country and as a nation.

Black Sabbath Apr 25, 2015 12:27am

RIP... May god bless & save the brave liberals of Pakistan.

schehzor Apr 25, 2015 12:34am

Sabeen mehmood paid the price for supporting the truth

Steve Apr 25, 2015 12:40am

You can be saddened, you can be outraged but you can not be shocked that an outspoken person in Pakistan has been murdered again unless you've been living under a rock for some time.

kashaf Apr 25, 2015 12:43am

What terrorists? Why can't it explicitly be said that upon condemning the state funded terrorism, Sabeen Mahmud has 5 bullets inserted in her body. Her mother bore the brunt of state's anger too and is now in a critical condition.

firozejavaid Apr 25, 2015 12:44am

Yet another victim has fallen....Inna lillahe v inna elaihey raj'eoon. Since we are part of a very sick society we all bear the blame of this outrage too.

Sajid Apr 25, 2015 12:45am

It is a very sad news. But why they not understand that it is true in blochistan how much numbers you will killed????

Assad Apr 25, 2015 12:51am

@mitul As if murders and wanton killing don't happen in India...

Assad Apr 25, 2015 12:53am

@Parvez Its working. Don't be unrealistic in expecting it to turn the country around. These sorts of acts will happen as a blowback.

Adnan Agboatwalla Apr 25, 2015 12:55am

Sabeen is the light of hope which will never be extinguished.

Avacado Apr 25, 2015 12:55am

These terrorists are afraid of children and women, that's why they are targeting them. They always target unarmed people.

sher khan Apr 25, 2015 12:58am

RIP! Hope people will raise their voice against such atrocities.

Sally Apr 25, 2015 01:01am

I am shocked and saddened, but I will use my anger and sadness to fuel my efforts and, I hope, do work that would make Sabeen proud. She was so special, such an inspiration. The kind of person that makes you think "thank God for her." I second the call to donate to T2F!

Vishnu Mahant Apr 25, 2015 01:08am

Director T2F Sabeen Mahmud shot dead in Karachi. It is usually the good people shot dead by motor cyclist never to be found. Does the police authority ever really look for the killers or the higher authority do the followup? I have never heard Pakistani authorities account for it. Only time the criminals are nabbed are when they are caught by foreign governments! It's a shame and encourages terrorists!

Baluch Apr 25, 2015 01:08am

May her soul rest in peace !

Jason Rafei Apr 25, 2015 01:20am

@jaatboy and i imagine you have this in wrting from HIM?

Aaryan Apr 25, 2015 01:21am

@Noman Ansari

It's a loss for humanity.

Hummaa Ahmad Apr 25, 2015 01:25am

Insane is the only word and its obvious that the lunatics are now in charge of the asylum. Wake up Pakistan this tragedy cannot continue...

How long will the bystanders watch murder after murder of intelligent and contributing souls... WHY?... won't people wake up and force this issue to a full stop.. or are they happy for brain dead pseudo-religionists to take over the essence of what was once a free nation with a sense of pride in its people and nation?

When will ownership and responsibility for Pakistan, its women and children and its future kick in and those who disrespect not just Islam - "thou shalt not kill" - but the very essence of humanity are held to account????

I am deeply saddened at this senseless loss... inna lillah wa innalahe rajauoon... Rest in Peace Sabeen Mehmood.

Syed Fahim Ahmad Apr 25, 2015 01:29am

What kind of madness kills someone like Sabeen. May you rest in peace. Mehnaz our prayers are with you.

SKD Apr 25, 2015 01:33am

it's a uncomfortable question, who wants to silenced voice for Balochistan?

armani bobs Apr 25, 2015 01:33am

NO Freedom of Speech - We have become a Titanic at the Hands of these Conservatives

muhammad ahmed khan Apr 25, 2015 01:41am

Sick news. There is no single day you dont hear such news

Richard Lee Apr 25, 2015 01:49am

This is so sad! Why do religious people feel the need to kill anyone who doesn't follow their beliefs? It's time to end religion.

Tamza Apr 25, 2015 01:56am

The CLEANUP Campaign MUST start at the TOP. Underlying violence is a sense of injustice. Injustice is endless in corrupt society. Corruption starts at the top, leads to injustice, and ends in violence.

People of Pakistan: Time to rise. Time to get rid of corruption in ALL its forms.

Vaqar Apr 25, 2015 02:00am

This is heartbreaking news. She was a courageous woman who brought a little island of freedom and free speech in the midst of an ocean of hatred and ignorance.

Rest in Peace Sabeen, and I hope that those who miss you will carry the torch forward in your memory.

Shaan Apr 25, 2015 02:03am

When I read news like this my heart really bleeds for my country. Just few weeks ago, I saw a great initiative by Sabeen regarding bringing youth of India and Pakistan together via a dialog called "Baat Cheet'. When in Pakistan, I visit T2F very frequently and totally appreciate the progressive environment they provide to discuss and voice your opinions on different issues. Killing a young innocent woman like this ? What kind of humanity is this? I hear in the news that targeted killing in in check in Karachi ? Really ?? I question Nawaz Sharif above all. Sir, what are you doing in Saudi Arabia and England? Your country needs you 24/7; 365 days to solve the issues on the street. You are involved in grandiose projects while young daughters and sons of the nations are butchered for mere having a dissenting opinion about an issue. How can Pakistan be strong if people can't even have an opinion ???

Dawn, please publish this and not censor this for calling out Nawaz Sharif.

azi Apr 25, 2015 02:14am

Question: why is this target killings started again in Karachi. When will we be safe ; moving towards darkness, Gen Raheel please take control: you said will not rest in peace until the last terrorist in Karachi is wiped out....just like Canada anyone found with a gun even if not used should be sent to jail from 5-10 yrs through military courts. Clean Karachi of all the ammunition , Only the law enforcement should be alllowed to carry weapons.

Nusrat Jahan Apr 25, 2015 02:23am

Why the liberal voices and the change makers in our part of the world are hacked to death or shot down like they are criminals. WHY

dignity Apr 25, 2015 02:23am

@jibran true

Urfi Apr 25, 2015 02:29am

@ali ; Yep, blame it on the ALIENS Ali. That is exactly the way to fix this problem.

Anand Apr 25, 2015 02:29am

Shame on you, people of Pakistan. Wake Up!

Mattu Apr 25, 2015 02:43am

@Zak Admit it cancer has crept in and there I'd no way out, change or be left a pariah ....

bilal Apr 25, 2015 02:49am

i dont know y is our ISI and ARMY silently sitting and seeing all this happening ...y cant they over through or atleast take complete control of karachi and inforce law and order with out keeping in veiw if a person is from MQM or PPP ...... army took over before when not much was needed and now when the vultures r ruling and ARMY is sitting and watching silently .....

imran Apr 25, 2015 03:09am

All fingers point to the majestic security services. They must come clean on this and many other acts they have been accused of.

Zakria Apr 25, 2015 03:16am

It is a shocking...

white noise Apr 25, 2015 03:17am

Pakistan is no place for progressive ideas anymore, if you can, leave !!!

Krishna Upadhya Apr 25, 2015 03:32am

Very sad to read this. Never knew her, but seeing last week Dawn's writer, and now another free speaker, killed, chills the spine. Scary to speak out! Need emergency to flush out the radicals. But then, as long as the sympathizers exist, terrorists mush room.

Indian Apr 25, 2015 03:37am

@ZaK: what do you think? why she was attacked?

nasiroski Apr 25, 2015 03:41am

"Dartey hain Bundo'qon walay aik nihat'ti laRki say"

Riaz M M Apr 25, 2015 03:46am

If Taliban has not accepted responsibility(as they boast of killing if they are responsible)then who silenced her to warn others .It is a big question mark.

Ali Apr 25, 2015 03:47am

Breathes there a Pakistani with soul so dead, who to himself hath not said "I am not an ashamed Pakistani!"

Riaz Ahmad, California Apr 25, 2015 03:49am

@Harish Bansal Have you ever raised any voice or opinion about the sad situation in occupied Kashmir but you are definitely concerned about Pakistan! How sad!

Shujaat Khan Apr 25, 2015 04:01am

I wish I did not have to write RIP for you in my lifetime .

Justwasif Apr 25, 2015 04:02am

Its Pakistan.......!!

Insaaf Apr 25, 2015 04:15am

@Black Sabbath : No not work of terrorists or mafia. They have nothing to gain. In our hearts we all know who did it. Everyone is afraid to say it.

Nikhil Apr 25, 2015 04:19am

@Zak She was killed because she wanted to shed light on the sufferings of the people of Balochistan. Anyone with a same mind knows who doesn't want the Baloch voice to be heard. Can you explain what injustices were faced by her killers?

Omar Khan Apr 25, 2015 04:23am

Pakistan keeps losing its best people to the violent forces besieging it from the inside. Sabeen was an exceptional person who did so much despite her life being cut short by sheer criminals and cowardly murderers. There is no end to the sadness, but her life showed us how a trail can be blazed through the terrible morass our ruling factions have brought us to, and offers a ray of hope for when this darkness passes one day.

Patmyownback Apr 25, 2015 04:34am

@Sajid : True! This is ANOTHER evidence of a "BIG loss OF humanity", not just TO humanity!

Patmyownback Apr 25, 2015 04:38am

@N.Sid : By "other countries", do you mean Afghanistan, India, USA, Finland, Botswana, Mongolia, Nauru, etc?Malta, maybe?

Sense Apr 25, 2015 05:05am

@Manish Desai that was the best comment today ...........good job

Abp Apr 25, 2015 05:13am

I am speechless. What has happened to Pakistan.

We have turned into a dead nation who is left with no values.

Unfortunate that educated and smart people are leaving the country and those who opt to stay are being killed.

Reason Apr 25, 2015 05:20am

It appears she is smart and intelligent. Born in a wrong country.

Waris Singh Shah Apr 25, 2015 05:28am

Saddenedby the news. Again Pakistan's political leadership fails us.

Brar Apr 25, 2015 05:41am

@ali My dear Ali these conspiracy theories are not going to serve any purpose face the truth,

S M Q Zaman Apr 25, 2015 05:46am

It seems a trend is taking shape and another humanitarian activist is gunned down in cold blood; RIP, Ameen.

When will these targeted murders of innocent civilians or terrorism or wanton killing-fields of Karachi and Pakistan come to an end, Mr Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and Mr Home Minister, Chowdhury Nisar?

sahil Apr 25, 2015 05:51am

This sort of thing was anyway going to happen when agencies which should be working under government have extra judicial powers.

Rahim Apr 25, 2015 05:57am

@asad Courage hah...most TV news won't even say what the seminar was about. Direct orders from Aabpara zero point. Even India lets Separatists fly Pakistani flags in its Rallies. Here human rights supporters even if a woman is not spared.

sahil Apr 25, 2015 05:59am

@ali nobody has accused no one till yet but all Pakistanis know this very well.dont be an apologist,have a life.

Raj Apr 25, 2015 06:17am

ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de!

Alam Apr 25, 2015 06:26am

@Muhammad Farooq and me responsible. Who elected this Government? You and me. Govt. Should not be blamed. We will elect them again.

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 06:39am

@CommonMan Retribution has so far been the destiny of Karachi. "Now You Get What You Want, Do You Want More?" A Rastafari quote.

Mansoor Ali Apr 25, 2015 06:40am

Zulm gatha nahin dekha. Kotwal keh chere badalte deke hain.

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 06:41am

@Muhammad Farooq Answer: those who eat polished apples.

Onemorething Apr 25, 2015 06:41am

I'm shocked beyond belief. Anything worthwhile in this country is being killed off by the force of the biggest evil known to humanity. I hope the space (T2F) will remain open and vibrant. A daily reminder that a kinder, gentler world exists beyond the daily barbarance of our society.

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 06:46am

@Spartan Lets get our history right: The Assassins were followed by The Crusades which thanks to Chenghis Khan ushered the modern age.

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 06:50am

@Noman Ansari Agreed. Sacrifice is in the blood of most of the residents of Karachi.

azharjurist Apr 25, 2015 07:08am

Extremely sad news. May her sole rest in heaven.

azharjurist Apr 25, 2015 07:11am

Where is Fundamental Right of speach in Pakistan?

Muhammad Rafiq Malik Apr 25, 2015 07:23am

A great loss indeed. It is rather unfortunate that every now and then such type of tragic incidents are taking place.

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 07:24am

@Mohammad 'monthly donations' could very well include voluntary labor.

Imran Apr 25, 2015 07:30am

Who did it? She was supporting the voice of the voiceless people......

Keti Zilgish Apr 25, 2015 07:31am

@Zahid Khan Disagreed. The misanthrope that I am I must remind you that civilization cannot be considered innocent because it has already assassinated countless non-human species.

ali Apr 25, 2015 07:54am

@Urfi so you would say that agencies are involved ...

ali Apr 25, 2015 07:57am

@shoaib hey please don't involve agencies for everything in Baluchistan you just forget about the killings of 20 labours in balochistan

Kashif Apr 25, 2015 09:16am

So sad. Pl bring tolerance in the society.

Anaon Apr 25, 2015 09:18am

Just submitting a incident report will not help. A manhunt should be launched to nab these terrorists and brought to the justice.

Adnan Apr 25, 2015 09:23am

IT is very sad. I am utterly disgusted by the fact that she was murdered on organisaing a seminar.

Zak Apr 25, 2015 09:30am

Why shoot to kill, a respected, educated women. The criminals could have scared her off.

citizen Apr 25, 2015 09:33am

@Zak : "extremists are born of injustices" excellent comment. Can you explain what injustice was muted to Karachi based terorists? By whom ?

sahil Apr 25, 2015 09:46am

@Assad i think this is also a part of it.

PCG Apr 25, 2015 09:58am

As usual, now a few Pakistanis will cry RIP...RIP ...and then will wait for another such cowardice act.

Ammar Apr 25, 2015 10:09am

Very sad to hear about this. Peole like her are the real heroes of our country who are willing to raise the call for justice and truth despite threat to their lives. I am not a supporter of any anti state group but we need to hear both sides of the story. On one side we hear news of Indian funded militancy, destruction of state assets and murders of migrant workers and on the other side we continue hearing about missing people, the coercive activities of state agencies and the usurpation of Baloch rights.

The truth is shrouded in mysteries. I wish our government can come clean on this matter. If the missing people were involved in anti state activities, government should provide the evidence and try them in courts. We have to put a stop to all extra judicial killings.

HR Apr 25, 2015 10:37am

@Sonny Afridi BBC /CNN is right

nilgiri Apr 25, 2015 10:39am

what can I say except that I feel gutted. Is there never going to be an end to mindless violence?

HR Apr 25, 2015 10:41am

@Sense if u think figure is small add couple more zero.... now happy

ZaIGHaM Apr 25, 2015 10:47am

shocked to read this news .she was a wonderful person .RIP

HR Apr 25, 2015 10:57am

Baluchies lost a voice and now she is in the missing person.

Mubeena kiani Apr 25, 2015 11:01am

Shocking!Extremely sad NEWS. May her soul rest in heaven..

Rain Martin Apr 25, 2015 11:33am

My heartfelt condolences to all who loved and appreciated this phenomenal woman. May her peers rise strong and remain true to her voice. She would wish no less.... RIP Sabeen #Sabeen #T2F

MB Apr 25, 2015 11:35am

@Asad I don't know the 'facts', and you don't share them... but is killing someone on the street the way to challenge someone whose ideas and opinions may differ from your own? What does that say about you?

Sheba Akhtar Apr 25, 2015 01:03pm

Sabeen's death has come not only as a huge shock but is yet another rude reminder of the lawless insanity that has hijacked Pakistani society. It is tragically ironic that a life spent in the pursuit of peace and humanity would be ended with such violence and inhumanity.

abdullah Apr 25, 2015 02:30pm

its shameless act...

Dev Gill Apr 25, 2015 02:39pm

Pakistans humanity has been sabotaged by the likes of deteriorating human excrement who belittle the foundation of its Godliness. It will only end whence God is taken out of equation and humanity is allowed to prevail. She is a true martyr of humanism.

Ghazali Apr 25, 2015 04:48pm

@Reason very righto

Ghazali Apr 25, 2015 04:49pm

very righto...................

Eram Apr 25, 2015 05:03pm
            @Muhammad Farooq So sad at Sabeen's death. Its a sad day for Pakistan              
sakhi-u-zaman awan Apr 25, 2015 06:01pm

very sad news, may Almighty God rest her in peace.

Ahmed Gul Apr 25, 2015 06:42pm

All other faiths got enlightened and dumped whatever is not practical during the last 3000 years. However the main ideology of Pakistan has stood there for the last 1400 years. ENLIGHTENMENT IS THE NEED OF THE DAY. Mixing of religion with politics and brainwashing children has done a lot of damage to this country.

syed Sajjad Apr 25, 2015 07:30pm

Thank you MQM for taking all the educated and productive people out of city, otherwise it wouldn't be possible to keep city of light into darkness...

Mubeena kiani Apr 25, 2015 09:45pm

Shocking! Extremely sad, a huge loss for this city.May God rest her soul in peace ameen sum ameen

Moeed Apr 25, 2015 10:37pm

A loss so immense, will take generations to recover. I wish she had listened to Ardeshir when he told us to leave Pakistan. She was the glue that was binding books, coffee, music, intellectuals, paintings in T2F 1.0 and T2F 2.0. How many hours I have spent in her establishment which her vision had brought to life. How I cherished her company. She and her mother were a symbol of what Pakistani women should be in today's day and age. Ah...Sabeen!

ZA Apr 26, 2015 12:37am

please don't kill the ones who are doing good, and nothing but good for this country. RIP sabeen mahmud.

Phil Osopicus Apr 26, 2015 01:51am

Rest in Peace Sabeen Mahmud

baloch Apr 26, 2015 03:31am

We missed you sabeen, R.I.P . you were a brave women..

M Shahbaz Apr 26, 2015 04:31am

Sorry to hear that very sad RIP

Muhammad Ali Khan Apr 26, 2015 06:10am

I am shocked. What a great friend you have been all these years. I am finding it so difficult to accept it. Oh no what a loss.

By killing Sabeen, they think they can silence liberal thoughts in Pakistan. Ignorant and barbaric hordes, you have never succeeded over the voices of rationality.


Muhammad Ali Khan

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KM Apr 26, 2015 11:04am

@Sense Please give rejoinder to the comment based on the topic at hand. There was nothing wrong in the comment of Mr. Harish Bansal and yes she was killed because of free speech only.

KM Apr 26, 2015 11:12am

One more death added to the statistics. Period. We keyboard warriors will now immediately go about with our business and life. Peace.

Aftab Zafar Apr 26, 2015 08:30pm

Sabeen Mehmud was a great contributor to promote fine art and culture through T2F where on Dec. 2011 as an artist of repute I also conducted the History of Art Show which was attended by the large audience and appreciated by everyone.

Bernama Apr 26, 2015 11:50pm

The "real" rulers of the country will tolerate any dissent that would undermine their grip on the power structure and endanger their privileges and endowments they enjoy because of the stranglehold they maintain.

Mujib Ahmed Apr 27, 2015 05:22am

Aik aur charagh bhuja dhiya! Afsos durr afsos!

Naqvi Apr 27, 2015 11:22pm

@Asad Hi Asad, the people who killed the voice of sabeen are clearly Pakistan enemies. Its a shame how kind hearted n honest people are becoming target either of anti Pakistan parties or agencies .Wallah alm bis sawab. In any case daughter of karachi ...we will miss your kindness your intellect n we salutes your bravery n strong voice

Adarsh Apr 28, 2015 10:53am

All good men should fled this your soul.

Nick Fielding Apr 28, 2015 06:03pm

I met Sabeen at T2F in Karachi in 2010. She was a truly inspiring figure and T2F was a beacon of light in a city that continues to implode. Sabeen was truly one of the bravest people you could ever meet. There could be no greater contrast that that between her and her cowardly assassins. She never flinched from doing what she considered to be right. Pakistan has lost one of its greatest citizens. Never forget her.