Naeem Shah - a prisoner convicted of 'Murder' in 2010 gets Rs. 1 Million ICAP scholarship

It is well said that negativity keeps you blind to opportunities. It keeps you blind to the good in the world. It holds you, hostage, to your true potential. But those who look after positivity will find a way to set themselves free from their self-imposed limits.

One such example is Naeem Shah, after a remarkable academic performance in his Intermediate exams, a murder convict who has been in the Central Jail Karachi for 11 years has been offered a chartered accountancy scholarship worth Rs1 million to pursue a degree in CA.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) awarded the scholarship to Naeem Shah after he demonstrated the qualities of a hardworking student by passing his Intermediate exams with flying colors despite being imprisoned.

According to Muhammad Hassan Sehto, Senior Superintendent of Central Jail, Shah has served 11 years of his 25-year sentence since his conviction in a murder case.

Intermediate Result Card

“Shah resumed his studies during imprisonment,” Sehto said. “After giving his matriculation exams, he passed the Intermediate examinations, in which he secured 86.73 percent marks and he was among the top 20 students who obtained the highest marks in the Intermediate studies.”

ICAP Scholarship

Shah has now been offered a scholarship by the ICAP. A video has surfaced in which he claims he was brought to the Central Jail on May 19, 2011, for murder. He claims he later appealed the verdict in the Supreme Court.

In addition to passing the Intermediate exams, the prisoner has completed Computer, Urdu, and Arabic courses while incarcerated. In 2019, he also completed a training course led by Nasir Aslam Zahid of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners and later taught law to new prisoners.

One will never be free until one free himself from the prison of one’s false thoughts. What’s your take on it? Let us know in the comment section below.