KARACHI: A Pakistani human rights activist, Sabeen Mahmud, was shot dead on Friday by gunmen after hosting a talk on the politics of Baluchistan province in the southern city of Karachi, said police.

Mahmud, 40, was leaving her restaurant in Karachi where she held talks, exhibition and events.

The incident occurred when she, along with her mother, was on her way from the event. Two gunmen on a motorcycle came and shot her. 

According to the police, the 40-year-old activist was shot four times with bullets going through her shoulder, chest. She was taken to National Medical Centre hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Her mother, who was shot twice, got injured and was out of danger after treatment, said hospital officials.

Mahmud had organized a talk and hosted a seminar called ‘Unsilencing Baluchistan’ focussing on Baluchistan’s disappeared people in the southern area.

The talk had been due to take place in the last few weeks at a university in Lahore but had been cancelled by university authorities, reports said.

(With Agency Inputs)

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