Naeem Shah, a prisoner who has been serving a life sentence for 11 years for committing murder, was awarded a scholarship worth Rs1 million to undertake a degree in chartered accountancy for his outstanding academic performance.

The official application reads, “In these joyous moments, we feel delighted in informing you that based on your academic performance in HSSC results; you fulfill the eligibility criteria for the Edhi CA Talent Scholarship Program of ICAP”

According, to the official letter, the eligible candidate must be among 20 position holders within Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) from respective intermediate boards.

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The scholarship was given to him by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP).

Senior Superintendent of Central Jail Muhammad, Karachi Hassan Sehto revealed that while being behind the bars the prisoner gave his matriculation exams. He then undertook the intermediate examination in which he secured excellent marks and attained a position in the top 20 students. Throughout his time, he was well-mannered and spent most of his time studying.

Later, he applied for the ICAP scholarship programme and got selected.

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Naeem is serving a life sentence and will most likely complete the program while in jail.