#JusticeForNadiaAshraf: Karachi University Denies Allegations In PhD Student’s Suicide Case

Nadia Ashraf Karachi University
Source: BaaghiTV

Nadia Ashraf, a student of Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine & Drug Research (PCMD), Karachi University, committed suicide after allegedly being harassed by her PhD supervisor.

After the news surfaced, social media has flooded with posts linking the suicide of Nadia Ashraf with her academics related issues with her supervisor, Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, at the University of Karachi.

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Many have alleged that Nadia Ashraf wasn’t able to complete her degree for almost 15 years now that forced her to taker her life.

However, The International Centre for Chemical & Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi has categorically denied and condemned these allegations.

ICCBS spokesman shared that Nadia enrolled for her MPhil/PhD in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Ameen Suria, but after she left, Nadia went under the supervision of Dr. Iqbal Choudhary.

The statement claimed that Nadia was going through a difficult time and had serious family issues, including the disappearance of her father a long time ago. The spokesman said that Nadia had stopped coming to the university for quite some time as she had started working to support her family.

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The statement further added that Nadia was suffering from severe depression and that her supervisor and the institution had provided maximum support to her. The spokesman added that her application for an extension of registration was also favourably recommended to facilitate the completion of her PhD.

After expressing deep sorrow on Nadia’s passing, the management termed the accusations “baseless and unfounded,” saying that it must have been because of her personal issues, over which the institution had no control.

Netizens are now demanding an impartial inquiry of the case and urging fellow citizens to stop putting blame on anyone before an inquiry is launched.

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