Funeral prayers offered for slain Pakistani student

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Funeral prayer of seventeen-year old Texas school shooting victim was offered at Hakeem Saeed Ground of Karachi here in morning on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Coffin of Sabika Shaikh is being taken to Hakeem Saeed Ground of Gulshan-e-Iqbal for funeral here on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, arriving in at Hakeem Saeed Ground to offer funeral prayer of Sabika Shaikh here on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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An Airport Security Force’s Ambulance taking Sabika Shaikh’s body arrives in at her residence at Gulshan-e-Iqbal vicinity of the city here on Wednesday morning (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Coffin of the Texas School shooting is being taken to her residence at Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighborhood of Karachi here on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Coffin of Sabika Shaikh is being taken to Hakeem Saeed Ground of Gulshan-e-Iqbal for funeral here on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Personnel of the Airport Security Force are taking coffin of Sabika Shaikh – a seventeen-old victim of Santa Fe High School shooting – out of Cargo terminal of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport after arrival of her body from the U.S. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Relatives and neighbors arriving to Fateha for Sabika Shaikh, a seventeen-old foreign exchange student killed at Santa Fe High School, in Texas, U.S.A. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Abdul Aziz Shaikh, father of Sabika Shaikh, a seventeen-old foreign exchange student killed at Santa Fe High School, in Texas, U.S.A, consoling one of his daughter’s classmates, who arrived at Sabika’s residence at see her for last one time. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Personnel of security forces were deployed outside Sabika’s residence in Karachi due to arrival of the VIPs to condole the death (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Personnel of the Airport Security Force are taking coffin of Sabika Shaikh – a seventeen-old victim of Santa Fe High School shooting – out of Cargo terminal of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport after arrival of her body from the U.S. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
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Relatives and neighbors arriving to condole with Abdul Aziz Shaikh, death of his daughter Sabika Shaikh, a seventeen-old foreign exchange student killed at Santa Fe High School, in Texas, U.S.A. (AN Photo by M.F.Sabir)
Updated 23 May 2018
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Funeral prayers offered for slain Pakistani student

  • Abdul Aziz Shaikh: “The attack on my daughter will not keep us away from education.”
  • The alleged gunman, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is being held on murder charges.

KARACHI: Funeral prayers have been offered for Sabika Shaikh, the 17-year-old Pakistani student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week.

Shaikh’s body arrived in Karachi early on Wednesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

Acting US counsel Gen. John Warner, Sindh ministers and political leaders joined the student’s family at Karachi airport to receive the flag-draped coffin.

An airport security force contingent offered a salute before Shaikh’s body was handed over to her father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh.

Shaikh was laid to rest later on Wednesday at Azeempura Graveyard in Karachi’s Shah Faisal Colony.

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and Gov. Sindh Mohammad Zubair joined family and friends at the funeral prayers.

Speaking after the funeral, Zubair said the shooting incident in the US was a result of security lapse.

“(Shaikh) was martyred in a terrorist incident (in Texas). If Pakistan can (reduce terror) incidents, then so can the United States,” he said.

The Pakistani exchange student was among 10 students and staff killed in shooting at Santa Fe High School. 

The alleged gunman, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is being held on murder charges.

Shaikh had planned to return home in a few weeks for Eid Al-Fitr. She was her family’s oldest child and began classes at Santa Fe High School last August.

Speaking to the media, Shaikh’s family called for collective efforts against terrorism.

“Terrorism is problem number one in the world,” Abdul Jaleel Shaikh, the student’s paternal uncle, said.

“If we fail to stand against terrorism, it will destroy our next generations,” he said.

Jaleel Shaikh, whose two children are also studying at universities in Florida and Washington, urged the US government to bring in tougher gun control laws.

Abdul Aziz Shaikh, the slain student’s father, said: “The attack on my daughter will not keep us away from education.”

“If we don’t send our children to educational institutions due to fears of terrorism, it means we are indirectly supporting terrorism,” he said.


At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ

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At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ

  • The assault comes amid a series of peace talks between Washington and the Taliban that both sides say are making progress
  • 11 people had been killed, including nine civilians and two police officers

KANDAHAR: At least 11 people were killed and scores more wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials and the insurgents said.
The assault comes amid a series of peace talks between Washington and the Taliban that both sides say are making progress, but which so far have yielded no reduction in violence in the gruelling Afghan conflict.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the afternoon attack in Afghanistan’s second-largest city started with a car bomb, then saw gunmen storm the police compound.
“A number of mujahideen equipped with heavy and small arms breached the headquarters and launched their operations inside,” he said.
Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, said in a statement that 11 people had been killed, including nine civilians and two police officers, while another 80 — including women and children — were wounded.
He earlier had given a toll of 12 dead.
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said eight attackers were involved. Two blew themselves up, while the remaining six were “cornered in a building.”
Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor for Kandahar, said Afghan security forces had launched a “clean-up operation” to see if any attackers were remaining.
“The fighting is over now. Some vehicles were burnt. Now the Afghan army and US helicopters are hovering in the area,” police chief Tadin Khan told AFP.
Pictures on social media showed a huge plume of smoke rising over Kandahar, and Hayat said about six trucks carrying commercial goods had burnt.
The assault comes just one day after two Afghan soldiers — who were really Taliban operatives — fatally shot an Afghan colonel in Ghazni province.