Urgent Appeal to Investigate Ms. Perween Rahman's murder

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Urgent Appeal to Investigate Ms. Perween Rahman's murder

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Fizzah Sajjad started this petition to Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister Pakistan) and

Dear Sir, 

This is an urgent appeal to investigate and resolve the murder of our friend and colleague Perween Rahman.

On 13th of March, 2013, the internationally renowned architect, planner and social scientist - was travelling to her home from work in Orangi, Karachi, when unidentified assailants approached her car on motorbike and opened fire, as a result of which Ms. Rehman received bullet injuries in her neck and passed away.

Perween Rahman was the Director of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) and an internationally renowned social worker, who devoted her life for the development of impoverished neighborhoods in Pakistan. Ms. Rehman worked tirelessly to document land in Orangi Town, in order to protect the low-income settlements where she had been working for nearly thirty years, from the city's notorious land mafia. In spite of the inherent dangers of working on land issues in Karachi she remained persistent in her efforts against the growing expansion of land grabbers. She thus became a symbol of resistance and the voice of the marginalized community which had been under threat of eviction.

The society not only lost a brave social worker and activist, but also a teacher who was to nurture many minds. It is an immense loss; people across the globe have condemned this brutal act.

A petition was launched with the Supreme Court of Pakistan in July 2013, but despite the passage of almost three years, the police have failed to arrest the perpetrators.

Through this appeal we place a formal request for investigation of the brutal murder of Ms. Perween Rehman and for taking immediate and effective action against the perpetrators so as to ensure that justice is done to Perween Rahman and through this to her family, friends, colleagues and to the countless poor who benefitted from her work. 

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