Plain-clothes men force stoppage of exhibition on ‘extrajudicial killings’


KARACHI: An exhibition depicting “extrajudicial killings” in Karachi by artist and professor Adeela Suleman at Frere Hall as part of the Karachi Biennale was allegedly stopped forcibly by some “plain-clothes men”, triggering criticism by activists mostly on social media, said the artist and witnesses.
The exhibition was titled Killing fields of Karachi and was about the 444 killings allegedly carried out by Rao Anwar, a former Malir SSP.
“This issue has been brought to our notice and we are looking into it,” said chief of Karachi’s South Zone police. DIG Sharjeel Kharal, however, added that he and his team had yet to receive any formal or informal complaint from the artist or organisers about the episode.
Another police officer who did not wish to be named was of the opinion that it was “not advisable” to comment upon the matter.
The event has been organised with the permission of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and the administration.