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Student of AKUH commits suicide in his dorm room

KARACHI: A nursing student of the Agha Khan University Hospital’s (AKUH) School of Nursing committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his dorm room in the main hostel on Wednesday evening, said police.

Waseemullah, son of Hussainullah, inborn of Gilgit, was a BSc student in the second year of the Nursing School at the AKUH.

According to SP Gulshan-i-Iqbal Dr Fahad Ahmed, Waseemullah committed suicide due to “family problems”.

“Waseemullah was on full scholarship with a guaranteed job after the completion of his studies,” AKUH spokesperson Fabeha Pervez.

Fabeha Pervez further stated that the departed was also a dynamic member in extracurricular events in the college, and details behind his death stay uncertain.

A nursing examination listed for today has been adjourned and educational activities will continue postponed in AKU medical colleges and nursing school today.

A comparable event took place in AKUH five years ago on Apr 16, 2010 when Ishfaq Hussain, a second year medical student coming from Chitral, hung himself from the ceiling fan of his dorm room. Hussain had left a four-page suicide note behind.

According to reports, AKUH had started a faculty mentorship program to deal with issues related to stress at that time.

Abdul Basit, a final year student of Hamdard University’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program also committed suicide by setting himself on fire. Abdul Basit had allegedly committed suicide after being denied entry into an examination hall.

Conversely, the mother of the departed student stated that her son was a well-educated person and did not commit suicide. She alleged that Abdul Basit was set on fire and sited blame for his death on the university’s administration.

“The university’s principal and other teachers are responsible for my son’s death,” she wailed. “Nadeem Farooq used to pass students for bribe,” she accused.