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The tragic death of Syed Khalid Shah, Chairman, All Private Schools Management Association (APSMA), in a road accident late on June 15 has saddened the educational and social circles of Karachi in particular where he was extremely popular.
Accompanied by the members of his family, he was travelling to Islamabad by car when it crashed near the town of Bhakkar.
Reportedly the car was being driven by one of his sons, in a bid to allow some relief to the chauffeur during the long journey having started from Karachi, when it met with the fatal accident resulting in the instant death of Khalid Shah and serious injuries to family members.
The news of Khalid Shah’s death was broken by the electronic media on Chand Raat and then the social media took over. Shock and grief were expressed from every nook and corner of the country.
Nobody was prepared to believe the sad news because Khalid Shah had been observed so healthy and hearty until the last day of his life.
He was found his usual jolly mood in the Iftar parties having been organized during the Holy month of Ramazan.
Little did the hosts know that it was going to be their last Ramazan with Khalid Shah, whose name was synonymous with the promotion of education in general and schools in particular.
He worked tirelessly and with his typical missionary zeal till the last minute of his life. He had awesome will power which didn’t stop him from working long hours when he was seriously wounded in a freak incident when coming out from the Sindh Assembly building earlier this year.
His hip bone had been fractured but he hardly took a break from work. He had established a camp office at his house in North Nazimabad when he was confined to a wheelchair for a few weeks.
Khalid Shah was passionate about serving the cause of education in every conceivable manner. Besides doing countless projects he had also founded an magazine by the name of Monthly School Life, which provided the platform to young students to get published.