Muslims are terrorists ! That is what majority of the Americans think. But the bitter fact is that according to the FBI, 94% of terrorist attacks in the US from 1980 to 2006 have been carried out by the non-Muslims. A similar incident occurred in Texas on Friday in which 10 people were killed including the Pakistani teenage exchange student Sabika Sheikh.
17 year old Sabika – a resident of Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal locality was the eldest of three sisters. She had completed her secondary education at Karachi Public School. She was studying in US under the YES scholarship program since August, 2017.
My Pakistani sister was amongst those killed today in the SantaFe Highschool Shooting. She was part of an exchange program and expected to return home for Eid. 😭
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) May 19, 2018
“It is still so very hard to believe that [Sabika is dead],” her father told the media in front of their residence as relatives started to gather for condolences. “Sabika was going to come home on June 9.” His brother said that she promised to be with him this Eid.
The news of her death outraged social media, people expressed their emotions and were pretty disturbed.
— Zaman Baltistani (@ZamanBaltistani) May 18, 2018
Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi who serves as Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations, expressed her emotions on the tragic incident.
Heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their loved ones in this terrible terrible incident. Sabika Sheikh RIP https://t.co/NlBjx1vaqU
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 19, 2018
Pakistanis were devastated by the incident, Everyone expressed their condolences for the young matyred.
Texas school shooting is horrendous, I wish USA policy makers get serious. its killing more people then in conflicts … heart goes for young kids like #SabikaSheikh they didn’t deserve what happened to them, heartfelt condolences
— Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 19, 2018
My heart goes out to #SabikaSheikh ‘s parents they tragically lost their beloved daughter to a school shooting in the US – for someone so young and with so much promise to be taken away so cruelly is heart wrenching #SantaFe
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) May 20, 2018
US citizens also reacted on the death of the 17 year old.
Pakistanis send their best & brightest to the US & we’re sending this one back in a body bag. It’s hard to convince Pakistani parents on letting their young girls live abroad. This is going to make things harder. Please don’t come here until we get our laws in order #SabikaSheikh pic.twitter.com/kcph4wCgYD
— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) May 19, 2018
Sabika’s younger brother, Ali Aziz, said that she talked to him two days before the incident. “She asked me to decorate her room and promised we would spend Eid together, but all of a sudden everything changed.” About Sabika’s achievements, her uncle Abdul Basit said she was among 6,000 students who received the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study fellowship. “This shows how intelligent she was.”
The funeral prayers for Sabika Sheikh were held today (Sunday) after Namaz-e-Zuhr, in a local mosque. May Allah grant her the higher ranks in Jannah !