The murder trial of Perween Rahman is to be concluded on October 28
The anti-terrorism court in Karachi has reserved its verdict about the Parween Rahman murder case. It is set to be announced on October 28.
Parween Rahman was the director of the Karachi-based NGO Orangi Pilot Project. On March 13, 2013, she was shot dead. Five individuals, Abdul Raheem Swati, Ayaz Shamzai, Amjad Khan, Ahmed Ali, and Imran Swati, have been accused of the murder.
On Friday, arguments from both the prosecution and defense concluded, and the court reserved the final verdict in the matter.
Previously, on August 2, the suspects pled not guilty and claimed that the joint investigative team’s investigation against them was illegal. They were chosen based on the JIT.
According to them, the JIT did not record their statements. Among others, their lawyers raised these objections.
As a result, on August 9, the concluding arguments from both sides were recorded.
Parween Rahman was shot on her way home from work on March 13, 2013. On the Manghopir Road near Banaras, shooters on motorcycles opened fire on her car. She was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where she couldn’t survive and met her demise. She was documenting people who live in Karachi’s villages (goths), which any official agency does not govern. It did, however, pose a challenge to the land mafia because it would have granted individuals property rights. In Karachi, Rahman mapped over 2,000 urban villages.
She also led the team that created a sewage disposal plan for Karachi, which the city government approved. Rahman was a champion for Orangi’s youth and women and a role model for many. Her death was widely mourned across the country.