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Justice Delayed for Gunned Down Social Activist Perween Rehman

In March of this year, humanitarian and an activist for the poor and downtrodden Perween Rehman was killed by unknown assailant in Karachi.  Perween was a sister of Las Vegas based Physician Dr. Anis Khair and the family is still waiting for the arrest of the perpetrators. 

Perween Rehman, 56, an Architect by profession, gave up her profession to help the poorest of the Karachi slums by bringing basic sewage and water service to the most neglected neighborhoods.  Ms. Rahman started an Orangi Pilot Project in the city’s oppressed and neglected areas, which helped residents to build their own sewer and water systems.  Ms. Rahman’s relentless philanthropic work has been extensively chronicled by Western media, including NPR, highlighting her commitment to the poorest of the society in Karachi.

Dr. Khair, brother of Ms. Perween Rehman, is a member of the prosperous and growing Pakistani community in Las Vegas.  Dr. Khair is working cautiously and mobilising the supporters to punish the perpetrators of the heinous crime.  The family has petitioned the Supreme Court of Pakistan which clearly says that under Article 9 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, the state is responsible for providing protection and safety to the life and liberty of all citizens, but in the present case the state has not only failed to provide security to the deceased but has also failed to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the offence, thereby shattering the confidence of citizens, who are facing the onslaught of powerful land mafias, in the writ of the state, and boosting the confidence of land mafias and other criminal elements involved in violation of the Fundamental Rights of citizens enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

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