PM offers condolences to family of Sabika Sheikh in Karachi
KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday visited the home of Sabika Sheikh in Karachi who was shot dead in the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
PM Abbasi accompanied by Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair, met and offered condolences to Abdul Aziz Sheikh, the father of the teenage girl and offered fateha for the departed soul.
The prime minister said that Sabika was a brilliant student and the entire nation is saddened by her death. He expressed concerns over the rising gun-related incidents in the US, and said that extremism is not the problem of any single country or region, but the whole world is affected by it.
The 17-year-old Pakistani student was participating in the youth exchange programme in the US. She was was one of ten people killed when an armed teenage classmate opened fire in the Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday.
According to her father, Sabika was due to return home on June 9 and her family had been counting the days till her return. She was the eldest among three sisters but younger than her brother. She was described as a brilliant student by her father.
The embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC confirmed that Sabika Sheikh was among the dead. US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale wrote on Facebook that he spoke to Sabika’s family after her death was confirmed.
“I offered my deepest condolences. As an exchange student, Sabika was a youth ambassador, a bridge between our peoples and cultures. All of us at the US Mission in Pakistan are devastated by and mourn her loss. We will honour her memory.”
The funeral prayers of Sabika will be held Sunday afternoon in the US city of Houstan. Her mortal remains were received by Pakistan Consulate in Houstan said consul-general Aisha Farooqui.
The funeral prayers will be attended by officials of Pakistani Consulate in Houstan and local members of the United States Congress as well as other US officials. The body will be sent back to the Pakistan after legal procedures.