Promising medical student of University of Karachi commits suicide due to alleged harassment

The reasons for this, according to Nadia, were constant harassment by her Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry.

Nadia Ashraf, a promising student of Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, committed suicide after being harassed by her Ph.D. supervisor Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry.

It is important to note that Nadia Ashraf, despite being a worthy researcher, had not been able to complete her Ph.D. in the last fifteen years.

The reasons for this, according to Nadia, were constant harassment by her Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry.

“Dr. Iqbal will not allow me to have a Ph.D. I do not know what the doctor wants from me.” These are words that Nadia uttered in her immediate circle before being forced to commit suicide.

It has also been learned by Nadia’s friends that Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry had imposed Dr. Atiya Al-Wahab on Nadia to further harass her.

Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry, once declared as Pakistan’s ‘most productive scientist, is alleged of harassing Nadia Ashraf.

Earlier, Nadia was not able to focus on her research because of her family and health issues. She discontinued coming to the center for a few years and started working in various private universities to support her family.

When Nadia took a job in a research institute during this period, Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry tried his best to terminate Nadia Ashraf’s job there.

Nadia later rejoined PCMD and submitted her dissertation with the Ph.D. extension, but Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry asked her to take another six-month extension, in continuation of his alleged harassment.

A compelled girl, In response,  Nadia took the extension again but she did not have the strength to compete with Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry and subject herself again to constant harassment. The sequence of these events finally made her take her own life.

Nadia Ashraf.

ICCBS rejects allegations in connection with Nadia’s suicide

A spokesperson of The ICCBS at the University of Karachi, on Sunday, termed the news linking the suicide of Nadia Ashraf with her Ph.D. at PCMD as “baseless and unfounded”.

“The center categorically condemns these false allegations,” the spokesperson of ICCBS said.

The ICCBS statement claimed that Nadia was provided an opportunity to train in France but was unable to fully focus on her research because of family issues and personal health.

The statement also alleged that Nadia was always appreciative of the support she received from Dr. Choudhary and ‘respected him as her father’, adding that Dr. Choudhary had supervised over 100 PhDs and was ranked among the top scientists of the country.

The PCMD management expressed sorrow on Nadia’s passing away, saying that if her life had ended due to suicide, it must have been because of her personal issues, over which the institution had no control.

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  • Dr Panjwani center rejects false news about Nadia Ashraf’s suicide

    Karachi – Spokesman of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi has said that there are some baseless and unfounded posts in circulation linking the unfortunate suicide of Ms. Nadia Ashraf Choudhary with her Ph. D. at the Dr. Panjwani Center under the supervision of Prof. Iqbal Choudhary.
    The center categorically condemns these false allegations.
    He said that Ms. Nadia was enrolled for her M. Phil./Ph.D. in 2007 under supervision of Dr. Ameen Suria. When Dr. Suria left the center she went under the supervision of Dr. Iqbal Choudhary. She was also given an opportunity to get training in France along with some other students. However she was not able to focus on her research fully because of her family issues and personal health matters. She discontinued coming to the center for a few years and start working in various private universities to support her family.
    Ms. Nadia occasionally visited the center and met with her colleagues and supervisor. She was severely depressed and frequently mentioned her serious family issues including the unexplained disappearance of her father a long time ago. She was also concerned about her health and the health of her mother.
    Her supervisor and the institution extended maximum support to her on all occasions. Her application for extension of registration was also favorably recommended to facilitate completion of her Ph. D. She was always appreciative of the support she received from Prof. Choudhary and respected him like her father. Prof. Choudhary has supervised over 100 Ph. D.s and is ranked as among the top scientists of the country.
    PCMD management expresses deep sorrow on her demise. Unfortunately if it was a suicide, then it must have been because of her personal issues on which the institution has no control.
    May Allah swt rest her soul in peace.

  • This sounds hurts alot.
    God knows better what happens to her…! But she chose the wrong side of suicide???


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