Pakistani activist killed in Karachi

Sabeen Mahmud gunned down after hosting a talk on the allegations of disappearances in Baluchistan

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Pakistani human rights activist shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a drive-by shooting in Karachi on Friday after she hosted a talk on the politics of Baluchistan province.

Sabeen Mahmud was leaving a Karachi restaurant with her mother when the attack took place. Her mother was wounded. Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported that she had been shot five times and her mother is in a critical condition.

A director of the charity The Second Floor, also known as T2F, Mehmud had been the subject of death threats before, according to the officials.

Mahmud had hosted a seminar called "Unsilencing Baluchistan" at T2F, focusing on the disappearance of political activists in the province, after having been cancelled by university authorities in Lahore before.

Rights activists allege the disappearances have been carried out by the Pakistani government and its powerful ISI intelligence agency, and targeting Baloch activists. Islamabad and the agency deny the charges.

Balochistan has been the site of multiple armed guerilla campaigns against the state by separatist forces, the latest of which is ongoing since 2005. The army has vowed to end the Baluchistan fighting.

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