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Dubai brother and sister shot dead by father in Pakistan

Deira International School in shock after pupils killed in tragic circumstances in their homeland

  • By Abhishek Sengupta, Staff Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 22:38 May 8, 2013

  • Image Credit: supplied photo
  • Gone too soon: The Durrani family – the three, from left, Arish, Raneem and Rayyan with their parents
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Dubai: “They were lovely delightful children, always smiling and very very engaging.”

That’s how the Director of the Deira International School, Jeff Smith, describes two of his students who were killed in tragic circumstances last week in their homeland, Pakistan.

Raneem, 9, and her elder brother, Rayyan, 11, were among the five-member Durrani family that was found shot dead in their Karachi home on Tuesday morning last week.

“They were very popular with all their friends. Teachers adored them. They were the ideal students you would want in any school,” Smith said, referring to Raneem, who was studying in Grade 5 and Rayyan, who was in Grade 8. Both joined the upmarket British curriculum school just last September.

The school though, much like everyone else related to the family, is still distraught at their loss. “It was disbelief and devastation,” says Smith when he first heard the shocking news.

The father, Abdul Jawad, who was reportedly the chief financial officer of a Pakistan-based sugar mill, allegedly shot everyone including himself and their youngest son, one-year-old Arish.

According to media reports, the 50-year-old had forewarned his extended family and friends about the incident the same morning. The police, though, had yet to confirm or rule out foul play.

Whatever may have been the circumstances, no one in reality was prepared for such a blow – not least the duo’s immediate and closest friends in school and their teachers.

“They are inconsolable,” says Smith more than a week after their loss and the tragic circumstances that have emerged from Karachi.

According to reports, the wife and children were settled in Dubai and had just arrived in Pakistan the previous Saturday. They were apparently scheduled to return on the evening of the fateful Tuesday.

“A lot of times, families do take personal vacations in the middle of an academic session and it was a short few days’ break as far as we (the school) knew it,” recollects Smith.

Even as the school continues to mourn their twin loss, the teachers and the staff know their real challenge has only begun.

“For us, the case is never closed. It takes a long time for the children and the families to recover. We have to counsel children over a long term.

“It’s an ongoing situation really where we make sure if they need help, they need to talk to us, we are there,” reassures Smith with a warm smile that quickly fades into oblivion.

Comments (9)

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  1. Added 12:54 May 9, 2013

    Pakistan is a complex and twisted society. While the rest of the world progresses the majority of Pakistanis in their homeland are trapped more ways than one. There is a big divide between the haves and have nots, too much violence and targeted killings in Karachi and the ruling elite don't give a damn. Maybe the man was suffering from depression, losing money due to being a target of extortion by different mafia groups, only God knows the truth. To survive and survive well in Pakistan takes alot of guts. Trust me. All I can say is PTI and Imran Khan must come.

    dea, sydney, Australia

  2. Added 12:52 May 9, 2013

    May the daparted souls rest in peace

    yasira, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:41 May 9, 2013

    Saddened by this news, it is heartbreaking. This should not have happened. May their souls Rest In Peace!

    Lynette, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:22 May 9, 2013

    What was the reason behind this?

    Saira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:22 May 9, 2013

    Seems the man was suffering from depression and killed his entire family!!!May their souls rest in peace --very tragic indeed

    Vidur, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:41 May 9, 2013

    Reading this, especially about the 1 year old boy breaks my heart. If there's a foul play, may the truth and justice be served. May their souls rest in peace.

    Lloyd Richard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:34 May 9, 2013

    In india also almost thousand of peoples and childern killed by the families and how many rapes are going on in india,

    Zain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 08:44 May 9, 2013

    This family is in outer circle of my relatives. The case has been reported falsely by home country authorities. Father has not killed the family and himself, its actually result of a political rivalry, related to work.

    Ali Maqbool, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 05:16 May 9, 2013

    May Allah bless the whole family. The news deeply shocked me, I can't express my feelings that how a father can do like this..there must be soothing very tragic that he took this step....Case should be investigated by Dubai and Pakistan police to find out the reason. May be someone els involve in it..........Allah knows the reality.....

    Asim Khan, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan