US top commander calls Gen Qamar to condole Sabika's death

Published: May 22, 2018
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Sabika Sheikh was studying in the US through an exchange programme funded by the State Department. PHOTO: TWITTER

Sabika Sheikh was studying in the US through an exchange programme funded by the State Department. PHOTO: TWITTER

Commander United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Gen Joseph Votel phoned army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday to condole the unfortunate death of Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh.

Gen Votel conveyed his grief to the bereaved family on the loss of an innocent life.

Sabika’s body expected to arrive early Wednesday: sources

Sheikh, 17, was killed in a Texas high-school shooting among eight students and two teachers who fell victim to gunfire at the Santa Fe High School outside Houston on May 18.

Sheikh has become the latest casualties in a wave of deadly school shootings in the United States in recent years.

Sheikh was proud to be studying in the United States as an exchange student. The experience was organised through YES, a program funded by the US State Department which provides scholarships for students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

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