23 July: Unsilencing Pakistan — a tribute to Sabeen Mahmud

Join in commemorating and celebrating an extraordinary woman who lost her life working fearlessly for free expression, human rights and social change

In May 2007 Sabeen Mahmud founded The Second Floor (now known as T2F), a coffee house and “community space for open dialogue” in Karachi, Pakistan.

In April 2015, Mahmud was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Travelling home after hosting a panel discussion on the missing people of Balochistan, a poor but resource rich province of Pakistan, armed motorcyclists surrounded her car and opened fire.

Three months after this brutal act, Index on Censorship are working together with Yasmin Whittaker-Khan, Anneqa Malik and the Sabeen Mahmud Foundation to commemorate and celebrate an extraordinary woman.

Featuring prominent speakers alongside live art, music, poetry and Pakistani food.

Hosted by British-Pakistani stand-up comedian and TV presenter Aatif Nawaz. With:

  • Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistani human rights activist
  • Annie Zaman, Bytes for All
  • Declan Walsh, New York Times
  • Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, University of Oxford
  • Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship
  • Kali Chandrasegaram, classical dancer
  • Hyder Cheema, musician
  • Kamila Shamsie, novelist
  • Omer Tariq, DJ
  • Shaan Taseer, Pakistan for All (and son of late Salman Taseer)
  • Sonia Metha, singer
  • Students from City And Islington Sixth Form College
  • Suniya Qureshi, Qismat Foundation
  • Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy
  • Ustad Roshan Abbas Khan, musician
  • Yasmin Whittaker-Khan, playwright
  • Ziad Zafar, Sabeen Mahmud Foundation

When: Thursday 23 July, 7:00pm
Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (Map/directions)
Tickets: Free, book here

Presented in partnership with Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Sabeen Mahmud Foundation



2 responses to “23 July: Unsilencing Pakistan — a tribute to Sabeen Mahmud”

  1. Nuzhat Kidvai says:

    I am sure speakers like Ayesha Siddiqa, Kamila Shamsi, Ali Dayan, Ziad Zafar, Shan Taseer, must have been fine & spoken well. That must have been the best part of the program. Unfortunately the rest of the program was most disappointing. It was hurtful to see the performances of dance & singing etc (Western & Eastern) which were most embarrassing!

  2. Abdullah Malik says:

    I am a journalist from FATA working on human rights issues in FATA and other areas,i love and inspired by the work of Sabben please arrange some according to her in Pakistan that we should also attend…