Arfa died at a hospital in Lahore on 14 January 2012, aged 16. Her funeral, which was held on the following day, was attended by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. She was buried in her ancestral village Chak No. 4JB Ram Dewali, Faisalabad.
In 2011, at the age of 16, Arfa was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-levels. On 22 December 2011, she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition.
On 9 January 2012, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, contacted Arfa’s parents and directed her doctors to adopt “every kind of measure” for her treatment.
May you rest in Peace Arfa Karim, and may Allah bless you and your family… you were a good friend and a great inspiration… your spirit and memory will live on in our hearts for as long as we live…