LAHORE - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the assassination of renowned human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud. The Commission demanded arrest of Sabeen’s killers and steps to address the escalating threats and violence against rights defenders across Pakistan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Commission said: “HRCP strongly condemns the killing of Sabeen Mahmud and injuries to her mother. Sabeen was returning home after the conclusion of a discussion titled “Unsilencing Balochistan”. She had reportedly been asked not to hold the roundtable on Balochistan.

Over the years, Sabeen had developed her café, T2F, into a space for open discussion and sharing of ideas on issues ranging from politics to culture.

“HRCP is deeply perturbed that voices advocating rights and tolerance are increasingly being silenced through violence all over the country. Karachi saw the killing of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) director Perween Rahman who was fighting for land rights for the poor, two years ago and a year ago, HRCP’s coordinator Rashid Rehman was gunned down in Multan for defending a blasphemy accused.