In Memory: Aqsa Fatima and Amna Khan
The LUMS community mourns the loss of its students, Aqsa Fatima (MBA 2022) and Amna Khan (MS Business and Public Policy 2021), who tragically passed away last night in a road accident.
A resident at the LUMS campus, Aqsa Fatima, a student of the MBA class of 2022, was to graduate this June. A very friendly and jolly personality, Fatima leaves behind bereaved faculty and friends.
Dr. Tanveer Shehzad, Associate Professor, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) who taught Aqsa Fatima several courses shared his thoughts, “Ever since she joined the MBA Summer Immersion Programme in 2020, Aqsa came across as a great human being. She always had a confident, candid, and smiling attitude to face all tasks. While she was admired by all of her class fellows, she was also one of the favourite students of all her instructors. Full of spirit and passion, she would have been a change-maker for a better Pakistan, that I am sure of. Her demise is a great loss, and we are with her friends and family in these difficult times.”
“We fondly called Aqsa ‘Queen’. She didn’t like numbers and would ask instructors to give her any assignment except working with numbers! She was very straight forward and candid. What we couldn’t communicate to our instructors, Aqsa would do it for us! She will be deeply missed for her infectious smile, and her friendly and helpful nature,” shared Zahra Saeed, Class Representative MBA 2022.
Dr. Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar, Associate Professor, SDSB who taught Amna Khan Business and Government Relations commented, “Amna was such a lively and playful person. On the other hand, she was an extremely serious student who always used to step into my office, discussing her projects. I saw such a sharp improvement in her work. The MS BPP class is such a small tight knit group, and they are all like a family to me. Amna used to take the lead on all projects, and we could always count on her.”
Maham Naeem, Amna’s close friend and batch mate added, “She was such a happy person, always willing to help and take the lead. She was full of life, always smiling and volunteering to do presentations and projects. This is an irrevocable loss for all of us!”
Expressing his sadness at the tragic event, Vice Chancellor LUMS, Dr. Arshad Ahmad said, “This untimely passing of two of our students has left our hearts heavy with grief. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that the LUMS community is feeling. We must stand strong in this hour of grief and remember Aqsa and Amna in our prayers and do what both of them would have wanted us to do – to fully support their families in this difficult time.”
Dr. Ahmad shared plans to hold a memorial service at LUMS and a tree-planting ceremony on campus to honour both students and keep their memories alive.
Expressing his sentiments, Interim Provost, Dr. Tariq Jadoon said that these bright young students have gone too soon. “The void can never be filled. The thoughts and prayers of the entire university community are with the grieving families as they deal with this immense loss. May Allah ease their pain, and grant them patience,” said Dr. Jadoon.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Amna and Aqsa’s families and friends; they are in our thoughts and prayers. May Allah grant them strength and patience to bear this irreparable loss.
Three other male MBA students have survived the accident with injuries. We pray for their quick recovery and hope Allah provides them strength to recover from this traumatic incident.