Yesterday (14th of October) Australian newspapers broke very sad news. A 28 year old Pakistani student Kamran Yousaf (aka Kami Butt) was violently killed by an armed robber when he was working as a casual worker at the Villawood Value Fruit Market to make ends meet, and he was working on Saturday afternoon when two men, one armed with a gun and the other with a hammer, stormed into the store just after 3.30pm. There were a number of staff members and at least six customers in the shop at the time.
It is told that Kamran tried resisting the robbers when one with the gun shot him twice, once in the head and once in the stomach. Poor student died on the site before he could be transported to the hospital. The killer ran from the occasion immediately, however market staff held the other man till the Police arrived. Later Police also arrested the killer from a house in Villawood, Sydney.
Kamran Yousaf, had left his home in Jalalpur Jattan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province and arrived in Sydney in December last year to study for a Masters in Professional Accounting at the King’s Own Institute in central Sydney. He was married in September 2012 and was going to visit his family in Pakistan by the end of October. He was living with other Pakistani students in a shared accommodation in Aubrun (Sydney).
The sad news came just two days before the Eid ul Adha, which made Australian Pakistani community very sad. Pakistanis living in different areas of Australia are showing their concern over this incident on Facebook. They are demanding a quick justice in this tragic case. Kamran’s dead body will be released by the Police for the funeral prayers tomorrow (16-10-2013) and then on the next day it will be sent to Pakistan. Pakistan High Commission Canberra and Consul General Sydney have played their role in this regard.
As Australian Pakistanis, we demand the strictest action against the accused killer Lance Murdoch and his fellow robber Linh Dang so that the grieved family could get some relief. Also Australian government must make such arrangements that international students could complete their studies without any security concern. Sada-e-Shahid appreciates NSW Police for arresting the killer so quickly. We extend our condolences to the grieved family and Kamran’s friends in Sydney.
انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون