Pakistani girl who died in Texas shooting ‘wanted to experience American culture’

A 17-year-old Pakistani girl was among the 10 killed in Texas after a gunman opened fired in a high school on Friday. Sabika Sheikh, who was in the US under a foreign exchange program and wanted to “experience a new culture”, had often talked about becoming a diplomat in the future.
Eldest of the four children, Sabika, who prayed for world peace, hailed from Karachi and was due home in a few weeks. The Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C., identified Sabika as a victim of the shooting on Twitter and wrote that “our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends.”
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also met Sabika’s family in Karachi. Expressing his condolences, Abbasi said extremism was a global issue, one not limited to a particular country or region. “Sabika was an intelligent student, and the whole nation is sad on her death. I pray to God to give the family courage to bear the loss,” he added.Sabika’s father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh said that he learnt about the shooting in Texas while flipping through TV channels. He also tried to call Sabika and her friends, but no one responded. It was only when he reached the exchange program that he learnt about her death. “We are still in a state of denial. We can’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” Sheikh told The Associated Press. He, however, added that such incidents should not deter people from going to America and that the government should ensure the safety of the people. “One should not stop going for education to the US or UK, or China, or anywhere. One must go for education undeterred,” he said. Her body will arrive in Karachi tonight and her funeral prayers will be held tomorrow at a local mosque.Pakistani girl who ‘prayed for world peace’ killed in Texas school shooting Abdul Aziz Sheikh, left, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, comforts to an elderly woman arriving for condolence to his daughter at his home in Karachi (AP Photo)
Meanwhile, hundreds of members of Houston’s Muslim community attended a service for Sabika.