Please, not Sabeen. And no, that won’t shut us up.

SabeenIn shock and grieved beyond words at this horrible news that our dear friend and comrade Sabeen Mahmud has been shot dead, her mother in critical condition in hospital. They were returning from the event Unsilencing Balochistan (Take 2) held at The Second Floor (T2F) [NOTE: the facebook event link posted above mysteriously disappeared then reappeared]. It was tremendously brave of Sabeen to allow the event to be hosted there given that Balochistan is essentially a ‘no go’ area. Even as we grieve our friend we refuse to be silenced.

“She always spoke out. We must honour her legacy of speaking out,” said Mohammad Jibran Nasir when I spoke to him just now. “We will not let Balochistan be a no-go area”.

“They want to make us into a nation of intellectual cripples, no discussion, no dissent, no dialogue,” said Mona Kazim Shah. “How many will they kill?”

This intellecticide cannot continue. Sabeen… all-inclusive humanist, only child of her single mother, cat-lover, a gentle and compassionate soul who did all in her power to create spaces and platforms to give a voice to the less fortunate, the vulnerable, the under-privileged, those whose for whom her heart beat. Rest in peace my friend. I can’t believe you are no more. We will keep speaking out. We will honour your legacy.

Long March for Baloch Missing Persons
Photo Credit: Syed Ali Shah (DAWN)
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  1. “They want to make us into a nation of intellectual cripples, no discussion, no dissent, no dialogue,” said Mona Kazim Shah. “How many will they kill?”
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    That’s the thing – they will kill just enough people to silence us all. Or to restrict free speech to the confines of a limited space. It’s been done before – see: Latin America.

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  2. https://www.facebook.com/events/1571888223063590/

    The event page is still very much there, facebook pushes the events out once the date has passed,I thought someone who writes would know as its common knowledge. As much as I am saddened by the martyrdom of Sabeen, kindly do NOT concoct stories as you are manipulating the situation. Let’s at least respect the Shaheed for a day before pointing fingers at the “obvious” suspects… (Which is again for journalistic mind is a hard to digest situation)

    In real world heroes die, only villains remain, tonight this gentle soul will rest in peace till we meet again in eternity….. away from the chaos of this impure “Pakistan”

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