As the grief-stricken family of 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh laid her to rest Wednesday, her loved ones offered terse words for the gun-loving nation where she was shot and killed.
“We used to think that our kids aren’t safe in a place like Pakistan, that things aren’t right here, but such bad things don’t happen in America, and that my daughter would be safe over there,” her father Abdul Aziz Sheikh told NBC.
“Karachi or Santa Fe, they’re both safe and unsafe. But Pakistan gets highlighted as being dangerous and unsafe.”
He added that he hopes the death of his daughter, one of 10 killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas, leads to stricter gun laws.
Sabika was mourned in the Houston area in the days after the Friday attack, and was grieved again at a funeral in the city of Karachi on Wednesday.
“Stop this bulls–t,” said her uncle, who met her body as it came to Pakistan.
“Make your schools safe. Not for the sake of my kid or my niece, but for the sake of your own kid.” he told the BBC.
The girl, who had been excited to study in the U.S. and was weeks away from coming home.
Thousands of mourners, including provincial Governor Mohammad Zubair, attended her funeral at a Karashi mosque.
As the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Fla., did in February, last week’s shooting reignited the debate over gun violence in the United States.
Pakistan requires gun owners to be licensed, but the rules are poorly enforced, particularly in the tribal regions that have seen attacks by militant groups.