KARACHI: Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a prominent woman development worker here, police said.
Parveen Rehman, 56, was known for her work in impoverished neighbourhoods and her organisation, the Orangi Pilot Project, won a UN-Habitat award in 2001.
“She was on her way home when armed motorcyclists intercepted her car and shot her dead,” police said.
Mohammad Saleem, a doctor at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Rehman’s body was taken, said she was hit with at least four bullets.
She had been receiving death threats for a long time, apparently from the mafia involved in grabbing land on the fringes of the city.
The city of 18 million, which is Pakistan’s business hub, last year saw around 2,000 people killed in violence linked to ethnic and political tensions, its deadliest toll in two decades.