Sabeen Mahmud was the director of The Second Floor (T2F) and the woman behind Pakistan’s first hackathon. The 40-year-old was one of Pakistan’s most outspoken human rights activist. In 2007, she had set up T2F as a café and art space that also functioned as a place of dialogue.
dawn Sabeen Mahmud
The last picture that Mahmud put up on her Instagram page was of the talk ‘Unsilencing Balochistan (Take 2)’. Mahmud was trying to bring about a transformation in Pakistani society. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the National Media Centre Hospital. Mahmud’s body has been shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Her mother, who was shot twice, is reportedly hospitalized but out of danger.
dawn A policeman and security officer inspect Sabeen’s car after her murder.
fashioncentral Sabeen with Amean J. – Co- Founding Member of Citizens Archive of Pakistan
“Sabeen was a voice of reason, pluralism and secularism: the kind of creed that endangers the insidious side of constructed Pakistani nationalism,” Raza Rumi, a rights activist who escaped an assassination attempt in March 2014 and now lives in the United States out of fear for his life, told Al Jazeera.
dawn A pair of sandals lies amid broken glass in Sabeen’s car.