Judicial commission formed to probe Saqiba Kakar’s death


The Balochistan government on Tuesday formed a judicial commission to probe into the case of Saqiba Kakar’s death, a teenage student who committed suicide after her college’s principal allegedly refused to send her examination form to the intermediate education board.

The 17-year-old Saqiba Hakim Kakar, a second year student, had committed suicide after the college administration reportedly refused to send her examination form to the intermediate board, depriving her of a chance to appear in the examination.

According to a notification issued by the provincial home department, the Balochistan government has appointed district session judge Aftab Ahmed Lone as the head of the judicial commission. The Commission will complete its enquiry within 30 days.

On February 24, Balochistan High Court had ordered the administration of district Killa Saifullah, where the incident occurred, to register a First-Information Report (FIR) against the principal and a clerk of Government Girls Degree College Muslim Bagh in the case.

A former president of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Baz Mohammad Kakar, had filed a petition requesting the court to order registration of a case against the principal and the clerk. Saqiba’s brother has been blaming the two for her death.

Saqiba had led a protest against suspension of classes at her college owing to a shortage of female teachers. All the girls who staged the protest were not allowed to sit their final exams, sources in the college had confirmed.

After they submitted formal apologies, the school administration pardoned all students 2-3 months back except Saqiba who, in her disappointment, took her own life, her brother had claimed.