Funeral prayers for Sabika offered at Karachi’s Hakeem Saeed Ground at 9am

The funeral prayers for Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a Texas school shooting last week, were offered at Karachi’s Hakeem Saeed Ground at 9 am on Wednesday.

She will be laid to rest at the Azimpura graveyard in Shah Faisal Colony.

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Security arrangements were tight at Hakeem Saeed Ground, where a number of government officials and political leaders, including Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Pak Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Halim Adil Sheikh and others attended her funeral prayers.

About 100 police officers were deployed at the ground, where a bomb disposal squad had conducted a sweep to ensure security for attendees.

Sabika, a Karachi teenager whose family lives in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area, was studying at Santa Fe High School in Texas on a US State Department scholarship under the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme.

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