Karachi inmate scores Rs1m CA scholarship

An inmate at Karachi Central Jail, incarcerated for the past 11 years, has secured a scholarship worth Rs1 million for a degree in chartered accountancy.

The scholarship has been awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) to Naeem Shah. Senior Superintendent of Central Jail Muhammad Hassan Sehto said that Shah was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and was behind bars for the last 11 years.

“While in prison, he resumed his studies,” the superintendent said. “He gave his matriculation exams and then undertook intermediate examination, in which he secured excellent marks, and attained a position in the top 20 students.”

Sehto added that after his Intermediate results, Shah approached ICAP, requesting them to be given a chance to become a Chartered Accountant.

Letters were exchanged in this regard in which ICAP stated that Shah was eligible for their scholarship programme, and has been given a scholarship of Rs1 million, the superintendent added.

“Naeem Shah showed good manners whilst in jail and spent most of his time studying instead of talking to fellow prisoners. The jail authorities also encouraged him fully and provided him with all possible help in his studies,” Sehto added.