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30 October 2019

Unknown men shut down an exhibition at Karachi Biennale



Killing Fields of Karachi 

PR Daily Brief | Sukanya Bali

For immediate release

30 October 2019

Karachi, 30 October: On 27 October, a group of unknown men forced partial closure of art exhibit in Karachi Biennale. In Karachi Frere Hall, two Law Enforcement Personnel forced the shutdown of an art exhibition by Adeela Suleman on former SSP Rao Anwar.

Anwar Rao, an encounter specialist, has been accused of killing 444 people between 2011 and 2018. Anwar an ex-policeman gained prominence after the countrywide protest following the death of a Pashtun model, Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake police encounter. This gave momentum to the rise of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) which demanded end to ethnic disparity and an end to unlawful murders of Pashtun.  

Adeela Suleman is an associate professor and head of the fine art department expresses her concern on Karachi's bloody history. The exhibition titled "Killing fields of Karachi" presented the death of 444 victims with gravestone accompanied by a short documentary, featuring Naqeebullah's father. The shutdown of the lower gallery of Frere Hall rose civil unrest. Various activists and artists came forward to protest against failed the government.

Karachi Biennale flagship project uses art as vehicle to discover, discuss and respond to Karachi. This year Karachi Biennale 2019 grounded on the theme- Ecology and Environment- to bring forward the devastating development in Karachi.

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