1997-12-04 00:00:00

The killing of a young Catholic on Nov. 24 on the campus of the National Seminary of Christ the King in Karachi, Pakistan, has plunged students there into a state of terror.

The shooting occurred on the Franciscan friary side of the campus, where some students from upcountry rent rooms. The victim, Amir, 22, was doing male nurse training at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Karachi.

Reports from Karachi at November´s end stated that all 20 students staying on the campus were living in constant fear that they might be attacked again.

The incident on Nov. 24 took place at around 9:30 p.m., when three masked intruders held up three lay college students at gunpoint, demanding money and valuables, in the students´ small cottage.

The two survivors reported telling the intruders that they did not have anything of great value, which a search would prove.

Amir was said to have uttered a remark as the masked men rifled through the students´ belongings, leading one of them to put his pistol to Amir´s head.

The gun went off and the youth collapsed and died on the spot. The other two students reported that the gunman looked startled and dismayed that the gun had gone off. After the shooting, the assailants fled the scene.

Amir, an only son, was from Islamabad. His body was taken there for burial.

Three houses of formation are located on the campus: the friary, the Dominican priory and the diocesan seminarians´ residence. On Aug. 13, robbers had held up Father Seig Zeinstra at the friary outhouse for senior friars and made off with a large amount of cash.


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