Pakistanis Are Devastated After The Murder Of Pakistani Student Sabika Sheikh In Texas School Shooting

By Sarmad Amer | 19 May, 2018

One of the students who lost their lives recently was Sabika Sheikh in Texas, during the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. The town near Houston, saw a deadly shooting just months after a similar deadly attack happened in Florida. During the shooting in Santa Fe, a young man opened fire on his high school campus and killed 10 people, injuring another 10.


Sabika Sheikh from Pakistan was one of the unfortunate victims of the terrorist attack in Texas

She was on a foreign exchange program by Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program since August 21, 2017, and was due to return home next month. 17 year old Sabika was a resident of Karachi, originally, and had been studying at Karachi Public School. She was the eldest of three sisters.

It is still so very hard to believe that [Sabika is dead],” her father said, according to Geo News. “Sabika was going to come home on June 9.”

Source: George Lăpădat

One of her friends, George Lăpădat, posted about Sabika on Facebook saying, “when she left for this trip, she was supposed to be gone for 10 months… but now she is gone forever. And if this is not enough to prove that something is wrong and something needs to change, I don’t know what else would be. May her soul Rest In Peace!”


As soon as news of Sabika being one of the victims of the deadly shooting in Texas became apparent, Pakistanis have been showing their grief social media


Many are condemning the rampant gun violence in the United States


Americans are taking this opportunity to hold the National Rifle Association, the apparent face of promoting the easy access of guns to American civilians, accountable for the murder of Sabika Sheikh


This person said she’s thankful she was never selected on a program to go to the US to study


This one raises a very pertinent question about the intensity of reaction to death of students, and people in general, here in Pakistan


The death of Sabika Sheikh in Texas school shooting is extremely devastating. It does, however, raise some very important points to ponder, ones that the United States has to grapple with every time there is such a mass shooting. Gun ownership for self protection may be good but is the ability to own guns freely worth it if it comes at the cost of innocent children having to lose their lives every other month?

Share your thoughts and prayers for Sabika and your views about the incident in the comments below.


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