Fizza Malik: A life snuffed out

Published: March 4, 2014


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.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Khan
    Mar 4, 2014 - 9:40AM

    It is strange to see the huge roar in the media over the death of one girl while on an average 11-12 people get killed in karachi everyday. The value of life is the same if it isn’t i would appreciate the author of this article to explain the difference to me.
    My sympathy for the girl goes out to the family but to the author my question-what makes you write an article on one girl while 11-12 people get killled everyday in a city of the same country.


  • madiha
    Mar 4, 2014 - 9:44AM

    heart breaking ! May Allah talah give sabar to her family ameen


  • Zafar
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:11AM

    May her soul rest in peace …


  • ahmed
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:17AM

    many fizza’s have gone and dont know how many yet to go. we did these things to our neighbors and now this same ghost haunting us.


  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:22AM

    Janay kab hongay kam….is duniya kay gham…..feeling extremely sad on this incident..RIP..


  • pakistani
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:26AM

    very very sad. rest in peace.


    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:49AM

    I have known her and her family for years and she is one of the most sweet, smiling and well behaved girl I have come across. At a very young age she started working along with her studies and since yesterday I am seeing that how many people knew her and how many hearts this little girl touched….huhhhh…..a great loss….but Allah knows best!


  • Ali Abbasi
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:54AM

    She, and many thousands before her, are evidence of the failure, incompetence and heartlessness of our governments. There is no guarantee that a timely military operation with no reservations would have prevented this from happening, but the “what if” is too heavy a question mark to absolve guilt.


  • Mirza
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:00AM

    Woh shaakh hai na phool, agar titliyan na hon
    Woh ghar bhi koi ghar hai jahan bachiyan na hon
    Hum Pakistani kab tak upne ghar to ujarte raninge?Recommend

  • Crazy Canuck
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:21AM

    It’s a shame, yet our leaders and anyone who feels self important still feel it’s important to use public funding to preserve their own precious lives using almost 75% of police resources for their own safety leaving a skeleton crew to look out for our safety. Rest in peace Fizza Malik.


  • Umer
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:52AM

    Aren’t the lawyers supporters of Mumtaz Qadri? What is the problem?


  • Bilal Akbar Mirza
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:17PM

    Alas !! really sad for her family. ALLAH give Sabar to her family (Ammeen).Recommend

  • AF
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:19PM

    @ Crazy Canuck
    All the readers would definitely agree.
    The selfish rulers avail all sort of security not only for themselves but also for their Chachaas, & Mamaas down the line and that too, utilising the public money.
    In the current situation, where the common citizens are unsafe, the rulers would never bother and instead, have priority for the installation of cctv cameras in all the rooms of their residences including the washrooms ……. Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Please keep this up – putting a face to a loss makes an impact – even with bomb blasts in tribal areas – please highlight the loss of one young person per blast – please.


  • MAK
    Mar 4, 2014 - 2:53PM

    no air strikes today at militant hide outs as she is only Fizza Malik not Capt Dr or Col Fizza Malik.


  • Khaali
    Mar 4, 2014 - 3:49PM

    So incredibly sad and tragic – heart goes out to her parents and family; may her soul rest in peace InshAllah..Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2014 - 4:25PM

    my condolences always with those families who lost the loved one in blasts.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Mar 4, 2014 - 4:35PM

    Thank you Zia ul Haq. Your jihad-for-dollars, your policies of 1979, your militants continue to add to the total of 50,000 dead citizens every single day. Recommend

  • Khawar
    Mar 4, 2014 - 5:35PM

    @Khan: Why don’t you write an article on one of the victims in Karachi? It’s high time we think as Pakistanis rather than Karachiites.


  • Mar 5, 2014 - 12:23AM

    On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson today extended his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the dreadful act of terrorism that took place at Islamabad’s District Court Complex in F-8 sector yesterday. The Ambassador wished the injured a full and speedy recovery. He further stated US strongly condemns this brutal act. With this attack on innocent civilians, terrorists have again demonstrated a blatant disregard for life. The United States remains committed in its pledge to the people of Pakistan in their efforts to counter terrorism and build a peaceful future. US Central Command joins the Ambassador in sending the condolences to the family of Fizza Malik, a young and aspiring attorney, who was on her second day at work. These young people are the future of Pakistan and by cutting their lives short; the terrorists once again show that they do not care for the future of Pakistan. We stand by the people of the region in their quest for lasting peace.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET- United States Central Command


  • Khawaja Hassan ALi
    Mar 6, 2014 - 9:05AM

    May her soul rest in peace. AMEEN


  • Hasan Zaman
    Mar 6, 2014 - 11:12AM

    Fizza was my cousin. My wife and I rushed to PIMS when I called her mobile and a policeman answered. We pushed our way through the hospital and were led to the morgue, only to find our dear cousin wrapped in white. Upon identifying her body, I had to wake up her parents and her brothers in Dubai and give them the news.
    As my wife and I escorted her body in the ambulance to the house, reality had barely started to sink in. Today, on the 4th day, I still feel she is with us.
    Fizza was the most loving, soft spoken, selfless and intelligent young girl I knew. She was a survivor and always loved Pakistan. Our entire family was always pro-Pakistan, yet it this this very country that has broken our hearts and I must confess with great hesitation, that Pakistan is not a country worth living, loving or fighting for anymore. This is a country of animals, for animals only.


  • Saher
    Mar 6, 2014 - 2:13PM

    AOA boht dukh howa Fizza appi ka sun ke Allah pk unko Jannat main awlla muqam atta farmaye aur unke waldyn ko sabar dy aur Allah pak unko bhot buri saza dy jo insaniyat ke dushman han Ameen.


  • Saher
    Mar 6, 2014 - 2:17PM



  • Tahira yasmeen
    Mar 7, 2014 - 1:29PM

    May her soul rest in peace Ameen


  • Omar
    Mar 7, 2014 - 7:20PM

    @Hasan Zaman:
    How selfish of you to “give up” on Pakistan just because you lost a loved one. BTW ,bandwagon type Pakistanis are not needed here.Why don’t you join her parents and brothers in Dubai and leave my Pakistan to the ones who will never give up. Recommend

  • Mar 10, 2014 - 9:23PM

    may ALLAH bless her please any one who give her father contact number my papa want talk with him beacuse they have good friendship with each other please or give me her home adressRecommend

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