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Pakistani student Sabika among ten killed in Texas school shooting

Pakistani student Sabika among ten killed in Texas school shooting

TEXAS: A Pakistani student, Sabika Sheikh, was among ten people who were killed and 11 others were injured when a student armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at his Texas high school.
Sabika Sheikh, studying in the US facilitated the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme, was among the deceased. She was the resident of Pakistan’s financial hub Karachi.
Sabika was among the group of the 75 Pakistani students who were selected to study in the US under the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme.
Aisha Farooqui, the consul-general in Houston, confirmed that Sabika was among the 10 people killed in the school shooting. “She [was loved] and she loved everyone. She was all ready to return home,” said Sabika’s brother.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, expressed heartfelt condolences for the victims of the tragic incident and said his thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends.
Speaking to media, Ambassador Chaudhry expressed regret and sadness at the tragedy and said the embassy was cooperating with Sabika’s family at this time of grief. He assured that all arrangements are being made to send her body to Pakistan at the earliest.
In a letter sent to the YES programme students, Megan Lysaght, the program manager (Inbound) at American Councils for International Education, wrote: “It is with [the] greatest sadness in my heart that I need to inform you that one of our YES students, Sabika Sheikh of Pakistan, was killed today in the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
“We are saddened to report that a student on a State Department program administered by American Councils was killed today in a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Sabika Aziz Sheikh was a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student from Karachi, Pakistan and was hosted in Texas during the 2017-18 academic year,” reads a statement issued by American Councils

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