Swabi: After failing in job hunt, gold medallist takes own life
SWABI: A gold medallist from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University lost all hope and took his life after he failed to get a job at his alma mater in his third attempt, according to his family.
Danish graduated a year ago from university and lived in Zaida, Swabi district. His family members said he had been tense due to prolonged unemployment.
Danish’s elder brother, Muhammad Kashif told The Express Tribune that his brother had been a brilliant student throughout his academic career and had maintained his track record at university.
“My brother was at home after graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 since he had been unable to find a suitable job.”
According to his brother, Danish had applied for a job at the university a few months back, but someone less qualified than his brother was selected.
“Danish became very depressed and melancholic and ended up killing himself,” said his brother Kashif, adding that he had become silent and complained of hearing strange voices before he committed suicide.
“He used to say he had failed to do anything for his family and aged parents.”
Kashif blamed nepotism for his brother’s death and said if jobs had been given on merit, his brother might have been alive today.
Danish worked with a poultry farm in Talagang, Potohar, for some time, but he was unhappy with the position and had quit the job, Kashif added.
“He had secured about 631 marks in Matric and 845 in FSc. He had also tried to operate a clinic in the village, but it did not work out.”
Danish swallowed pesticide on the evening of December 9. His family took him first to Swabi hospital, from where he was shifted to Combined Military Hospital Nowshera and then to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. He died the next day.
Fazal Rehman, a childhood friend and class fellow of Danish said he was a very talented student and topped every exam till secondary school.
“He was bright and cheerful and loved playing cricket, but he had gone into depression after failing to get a good job.”
He even stopped mingling with friends, said Rehnan. “He didn’t talk much and complained of insomnia when I met him a few days before he committed suicide.”