Graduating against all odds

A STUDENT who survived a gun attack which claimed the lives of his brother and uncle has told of his pride after he graduated just weeks after his ordeal.

Ummad Farooq, 22, had gone home to Karachi for his brother Saad’s wedding in October when they were attacked by gunmen who opened fire at their car.

Saad was riding behind on a motorbike and was killed. Ummad’s father was shot five times and managed to survive, but is still ill. His uncle died weeks later from his wounds.

Ummad was also shot and Pakistani doctors were unable to remove a bullet lodged beneath his eye.

Friends raised cash for him to travel to a hospital in Birmingham and have the bullet removed by specialists.

Back in Sunderland where he picked up his MBA for Finance at the Stadium of Light, Ummad said: “I was so happy to reach this achievement. It was my first graduation of my life and a life achievement.

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4 replies

  1. That news filled my heart with real happiness. May Allah bless him a pure, sincere and loving heart to serve his family and community Ameen

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