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# I am Karachi


The news of the brutal and senseless assassination of Pakistani activist Sabeen Mahmud has brought grief to the entire country. Our thoughts remain with Mahmud’s family, and wishes for a speedy recovery to Mahmud's mother who also suffered bullet wounds the tragic night of April 24th.

The human rights activist and cultural figure, Sabeen Mahmud ran Pakistan's first-ever hackathon and led a peace-focused non-profit ‘The Second Floor’ (T2F cafe). The cafe serves as a hub for artists, intellectuals and drivers of change to come together and discuss ways for the betterment of society.

Mahmud’s efforts were commemorated and cherished by “I am Karachi’s” team of ambassadors in Karachi, Pakistan yesterday. Consortium president Jameel Yusuf along with Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui pledged for a peaceful Karachi under a formal memorandum of understanding which was signed during the event. The historic Frere Hall was lit up with the projection, “I am Karachi.” The consortium also launched the “I am Karachi” app which promises to provide various security and crime reporting features, including sharing of one’s location with friends and family along with contact details of organisations that are out there to help. The tribute event saw the support of local artists and bands including Fuzon, Shahzad Roy and Mai Dhai.

With a hope that the dreams and efforts of Sabeen Mahmud will live strong and be realised soon we refuse to prefix her name with the word, "late," as we believe she will live on in the thoughts of all those who want to see positive change.

A short video with Sabeen courtesy of PBS.

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