Perween Rehman was one of the country’s finest social activist, who was slain for providing benefit to the impoverished people who belonged to Orangi. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, she joined the Orangi Pilot Project initiated by renowned activist Akhtar Hameed Khan.
In March 2013 Perween Rehman was gunned down after she was traveling in her car near the Banaras flyover in Karachi. Following her death, members of the civil society as well as her co-workers from the Orangi Pilot Project went in droves to her house. Perween Rehman was credited with helping the poor every step of the way. She had joined a prestigious architecture firm but left it only a few months after she had joined, on Akhtar Hameed Khan’s bidding to join the OPP.
A documentary has been made by filmmaker Mahera Omar as a tribute to Parween, aptly titled Perween Rehman: Rebel Optimist. Here is the trailer of the film:-
The movie focuses on Perween Rehman’s struggle for the poor and how she remained unfazed by death threats and attempts to coerce her into surrender by mostly members of the land mafia. Throughout the trailer, snippets of the activist herself are shown and those who were close to her.