On Sunday, artwork painted on the outer walls of the Karachi Press Club, was covered with posters and slogans inviting people to participate in the chehlum (religious observance) of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian major general killed in Baghdad last month.
The act was deemed disgraceful by Imtiaz Khan Faran, the president of the Karachi Press Club. He called the act of vandalism a work of “sick minds,” he further added, “We can’t control what is happening outside the press club’s walls.”
The vandalised murals include that of Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan’s first female architect, who was awarded the Jane Drew Prize recently for raising the profile of women in architecture. Others are of Zubeida Mustafa, a renowned journalist and author and Fatima Surayya Bajia, an Urdu novelist and drama writer.
Soon after the campaign ended, vandals defaced the paintings and embedded remarks about the activists and Asia Bibi, who at the time was on trial for a wrongfully accused blasphemy case.
Haider Ali also expressed frustration upon learning that his paintings had been vandalised.
“How can people not understand art?” he asked, “I really have no words to describe how I feel right now. He added that the last time the murals were attacked, he had to repaint them.
It goes without saying that these vandals can vandalise their paintings but not their legacy which will be remembered for generations to come.
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