From IBA graduate to ‘terror suspect’?



That a student from one of Pakistan’s finest and most prestigious business schools could become a “trained militant” who “provides funds for terror activities” in the city is difficult to understand for many.

The assertion that Saad Aziz – a BBA graduate from the reputable Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – has confessed to masterminding the murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been met with scepticism by former schoolmates.

“I remember him being a good kid. He played tennis and football. He had a good sense of humour,” says one of Aziz’s former schoolmates, requesting anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the case. He added that Aziz earlier studied at the Beaconhouse Schooling System, after which he went on to another elite institution, The Lyceum for his A’ Levels and eventually IBA for his undergraduate degree.

Another former schoolmate describes him as “a calm and a composed person”. “He used to hang out in the company of boys as well as girls,” he adds.