KARACHI: A teenage girl and her class fellow were found shot dead inside their classroom along with handwritten suicide notes shortly after gunshots were heard by the faculty and students gathering for the morning assembly session at a private school near Patel Para in the Soldier Bazaar area on Tuesday.
Police investigators believed that 16-year-old Nauroz Hamidi killed his classmate Saba Fatima Bashir, 15, before shooting himself dead with the licensed pistol of her father, as the two had decided to end their lives after finding that their families were unhappy about their friendship.
As the girl’s mother told Dawn she was unaware of her daughter’s friendship with the boy and the family of Nauroz left their home to some unknown place following the deaths, the incident remained shrouded in mystery.
“It was around 8am when the students were gathering for assembly in Gulshan-i-Fatima Primary and Secondary School near Patel Para,” said Jamshed Town SP Akhtar Farooq. “A few minutes before the assembly, the students and teachers heard two gunshots with hardly a three- to four-second gap. It triggered panic and they started running for safety, but someone finally found that the shooting was carried out inside the ground floor classroom.”
The teenagers were lying in a pool of blood with two handwritten notes placed on the nearby desks, said the SP Jamshed Town. The Urdu notes were transliterated into the Roman alphabet, he added.
The bodies were later moved to the Civil Hospital Karachi and then police moved in to collect evidence and gather details.
“It emerged during the investigation that the two liked each other but their parents opposed their involvement. It has not happened suddenly, as the two had been planning this for days.
“The girl brought her father’s licensed pistol which we have seized. We have also taken her father on board for further investigation. The boy shot the girl in the head before killing himself,” he said.
He said the police investigators were convinced that it was a “deliberate” step taken by both with “mutual understanding”, and nobody was forced to take the extreme move.
The girl’s body was handed over to her family after autopsy, he said. “The case has not yet been registered as the family is in a state of shock. We will move further once they are done with the burial and other formalities,” the officer said. Dawn
Nauroz belonged to Afghanistan
Soon after the incident took place, rumours surfaced that Nauroz belonged to Gilgit. But our source confirmed that he hailed from Afghanistan. He gave status on his Facebook 2 days before about his committing Suicide. He has left a suicide note where he talks of marrying his class fellow whom he killed.