US school shoot­ing vic­tim Sabika Sheikh

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The fu­neral prayers for Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pak­istani ex­change stu­dent who was killed in a Texas school shoot­ing last week, were of­fered at Karach’s Ha­keem Saeed Ground at 9am on Wed­nes­day. Se­cu­rity ar­range­ments were tight at the venue, where a num­ber of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Mu­rad Shah, Sindh Governer Muham­mad Zubair, Sindh Home Min­is­ter So­hail An­war Siyal, Pak Sarza­meen Party chief Mustafa Ka­mal, Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf ’s (PTI) Halim Adil Sheikh and oth­ers at­tended her fu­neral prayers. About 100 po­lice of­fi­cers were de­ployed at the ground, where a bomb dis­posal squad had con­ducted a sweep to en­sure se­cu­rity for at­ten­dees. She was laid to rest at the Az­im­pura grave­yard in Shah Faisal Colony. Sabika, a Karachi teenager whose fam­ily lives in the Gul­shan-i-Iqbal area, was study­ing at Santa Fe High School in Texas on a US State Depart­ment schol­ar­ship un­der the Kennedy-Lu­gar Youth Ex­change and Study (YES) pro­gramme. She was among 10 stu­dents gunned down on Fri­day in­side the school by an­other teenager with white su­prem­a­cist ten­den­cies. Ac­cord­ing to her fa­ther, Sabika — the el­dest among three sis­ters but younger than her brother — was due to re­turn home on June 9. Her fam­ily had been count­ing the days till her re­turn. Her body ar­rived from the US at 4am today after a Turk­ish Air­lines flight car­ry­ing it was de­layed due to bad weather. Her body was ear­lier sched­uled to ar­rive at 9am on Tues­day. Her fa­ther, Aziz Sheikh, re­ceived her body at the air­port. US Con­sul Gen­eral John Warner, and PSP, PTI, PPP, and Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment lead­ers were also present at the air­port along­side her fam­ily mem­bers. Air­port Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cials at Karachi’s Jin­nah In­ter­na­tional Air­port pre­sented a guard of hon­our to the slain teenager. Sabika’s body was trans­ported from the air­port to her res­i­dence, where rel­a­tives, loved ones and neigh­bours con­verged to pay their fi­nal re­spects to her.

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