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Female Pakistani Human Rights Activist Shot Dead

A Pakistani police officer inspects a vehicle in which a woman doctor was shot in Karachi on April 16.

Unknown attackers have killed a female Pakistani human rights activist in the port city of Karachi.

Sabeen Mehmood, who runs a cafe that organizes debates and art events, had just left the venue on April 24 when she was shot dead in her car.

Her mother, who was with her, was wounded.

Earlier in the day, Mehmood hosted a seminar about rights abuses in the restive province of Balochistan.

The talk was originally due to be held early this month at a university in Lahore, but authorities blocked it, media reported.

Human rights groups have long accused security forces of serious abuses in Balochistan, including extra-judicial killings.

Balochistan is the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by separatist Baluch groups, who want a share of revenue from gas and mineral resources and complete autonomy from Islamabad.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters