Staff, Students shocked over Aga Khan University Hospital student’s suicide

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The Teachers, friends  of the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) were in a state of shock over the suicide of one of its brightest students — 24-year-old Waseemullah Akram.

Akram, a second-year student of the varsity’s School of Nursing, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room late on Wednesday night.

His body was brought to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Thursday morning.

Son of Hussainullah Beg, the man hailed from Gilgit.

The spokesperson for the AKUH, Rasool Bux Sarang, said the entire university was in a state of shock on learning of Akram’s death. “He was a bright student of this institute and had given an excellent presentation in one of his classes just a day earlier,” he said.

Akram had been awarded a scholarship and was also guaranteed a job on completion of his programme, the spokesperson said, adding that the authorities were still trying to figure out what drove him to take such an extreme step.

Sarang further stated that the varsity’s administration would look into his previous records and also talk to people who were close to him to ascertain reasons behind his suicide.

Gulshan-e-Iqbal ASP Dr Fahad Ahmed was, however, quick to claim that the boy committed suicide owing to “family problems”. The AKUH postponed the scheduled examinations of the nursing department, while all educational activities were also ordered to be suspended in the AKUH medical colleges and nursing school to mourn Akram’s death.

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