Fizza Malik, 24, did not live long enough to see her licence to practise law arrive in the mail.
Malik, a recent law graduate from the London School of Law, was among 11 people who were brutally killed during a suicide bombing and firing attack at the Islamabad district courts on Monday.
“Fizza had started working as a junior lawyer at the courts two months ago. I saw her 10 minutes before she was killed in the attack,” lawyer Mohsin Khan Kiyani, whom Malik worked with, told The Express Tribune.
Fizza had applied recently for a licence to practice law which was being processed, Kiyani said, but he said she was really excited about getting accepted for LLM in the United Kingdom.
Social media networks saw an outpouring of grief on Malik’s death. She was an only daughter.
Her colleagues and friends also showed up in large numbers to grieve her loss at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.
“She died in front of me but I’m unable to accept that she is no more,” said one of her colleagues.
Malik worked at a call centre in Islamabad before quitting the job to start a career in law. She is survived by her parents and two brothers.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2014.