The words do not flow now, there are no cutting comments or quotes, no wit, and even less wisdom. There is only a deep sorrow, and an even deeper rage. It flows like fire through dull veins to a heart thought to have been numbed, a heart that desperately wants to be numbed.

So the words that follow will not be tempered and measured. They will not be weighed and balanced. And this is because we live in a land where a young child, Aitezaz Hussain, had to give his life fighting a scourge that our own leaders bend over backwards in an attempt to appease. There is sorrow and rage because a nation that can produce such lions does not deserve to be led by such lambs.

For those just now attending this bitter wake, Aitezaz was a 13-year-old-boy who stopped a suicide bomber from entering his classroom. Arriving late for school, he was punished by not being allowed to attend the morning assembly. Standing outside the gate, he saw a man trying to enter. He saw the detonator of his suicide vest; he saw a split second chance and saved countless lives with a courage few of us can match. Had he not been there, had he not done what he did, dozens, maybe hundreds of children would have lost their lives in a flash of fire, their bodies torn apart by cruel, blind shrapnel.

And as their hearts would stop beating, the souls of those who loved them would also dim and die. It would remain unanswered, the question of what may have been. It would be deafening, the absent echo of laughter through a house. It would be unbearable, the waiting for a child who would never return, would never grow up, never live and never love.

Instead, there is only one family that will have to bear this burden; only one mother who will never welcome her son home. It’s still one too many. And there are many such homes across the length and breadth of this blighted land. Homes where despair lives in empty rooms, where the silence is of the grave.

From what the family says, they stand tall. In this moment of darkness, they hold onto the belief that their child did not die in vain, that he made the greatest sacrifice possible, that his blood bought life by stopping a beast who walked with and worshipped nothing but death. But for how long? The world will move on, the focus – what little there is of it – will shift and they will be left alone in empty rooms, waiting for a voice that will never be heard again.

We don’t need more Aitzazs’. Not one or one million. What we need is to be worthy of the one we lost. What we need is for those who claim to lead us to show the courage that this boy did. Perhaps, that is too much to ask from those who roll out apologies and obfuscations with such unerring regularity, but stammer and shake when it comes to naming those responsible for mass murder.

Those who can pray for and praise killers before the blood of their victims has even dried. We need those men and women who can look Aitzaz’s family in the eye, hold them in their arms and tell them – in all honesty – that their son did not die in vain.

And until you can do that, dear leaders, keep your hollow words to yourselves. Leave us to our silence.

Zarrar Khuhro is a Dawn staff member.

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Comments (142)

Faisal
January 9, 2014 4:09 pm

A true hero and a true patriot who has every right to be in the league of the martyred soliders and a name to be remembered in the history of Pakistan.

Ahmad Munir
January 9, 2014 4:18 pm

Pakistan must recognize Aitezaz Hussain, honour him, and learn from his courage.

Saleem
January 9, 2014 4:44 pm

No words, just salute to Shaheed. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

haris
January 9, 2014 4:56 pm

May Allah grant him (Aitezaz) a place in paradise. I don't know if he will be called as martyr but for me he is surely the real 'matyr'.

NoNy
January 9, 2014 5:01 pm

very sad, loss of human life has least value in Pakistan. all the ideologies being used to justify suicide bombing must also be condemned along with condemning the suicide bombers. Nothing, be it a religion or law, is more sacred than a human life.

Omer Riaz
January 9, 2014 5:04 pm

What an amazing BRAVO boy, shame our politicians don't have a same courage to face these taliban the enemies of Pakistan. Salute to you son.

Irfan Ahmad
January 9, 2014 5:07 pm

Very well written eulogy. Maybe someone in the corridors of power will listen. Maybe some of us who, perhaps unknowingly, finance the terrorism industry can wake up to the call. Maybe someday we will have a safe Pakistan. InshaAllah!

Taha
January 9, 2014 5:11 pm

I can feel the pain, agony & anger the writer has and trust me it is something we all share. The phrase "had it not been" should echo in our minds every time we pray and ask for a better country that does not need children to sacrifice. May Allah give Aetizaz the highest place in heaven and strength to his family.

shahid khan
January 9, 2014 5:34 pm

Imran khan and closet jamitis should hang their heads in eternal shame.

zainab
January 9, 2014 5:35 pm

You brave brave man!! More courageous than any living soul. My heart goes to you. All I can say is that may your sacrifice worth the price you paid.

Ahmed
January 9, 2014 5:39 pm

Strong words. As a father it brings tears to realize the loss of the young kid, who died because the leaders are willing to sell us out, and not make the tough decisions this country needs.

Wajahat Hussain
January 9, 2014 5:56 pm

Zarrar sahib you have excellently put our thoughts to words! I don't want to divulge further on as your editors stop and rubbished my comments. They don't even had the courtesy to say sorry we can't post your comments! Let me assure here that I never use derogatory words/ comments but my honest feeling.

ahm
January 9, 2014 5:56 pm

May Allah bless Aitezaz Hussain with high place in Jannat (Aameen) and me He grant his family with strength to bear this great loss. Where is the Rana lamb of Punjab? May Allah's curse be on those who are responsible for the mayhem in our beloved homeland.

Zeizoud
January 9, 2014 6:03 pm

"We don’t need more Aitzazs’. Not one or one million. What we need is to be worthy of the one we lost." Beautifully put.

tajali
January 9, 2014 6:07 pm

Great piece. You are here too in this country for publishing this article.

Farrukh
January 9, 2014 6:07 pm

A true HeRO. Salute to this brave man. May ALLAH accept him as a martyr . Lets stand together and share on social websites as a gratitude .

danial tariq
January 9, 2014 6:10 pm

this young boy truely deserves a salute!

Shuaib
January 9, 2014 6:11 pm

Mr. Khuhro, you echoed my feelings, word by word!! Only Allah can reward Aitezaz and He will with the best of His rewards, InshAllah!

Gautham
January 9, 2014 6:19 pm

Extremely poignant story. An incredible kid. My heart sank.

Salman
January 9, 2014 6:21 pm

A brave young boy deserves a nishan-e-haider. God bless him and to his family.

Umar
January 9, 2014 6:25 pm

To answer the question in your title. No.

Rizwan ashfaque
January 9, 2014 6:27 pm

I felt that I cannot go away from this page without honoring this great kid for vapoury. May Allah The All Mighty give you the best of rewards and your family patience and happiness for producing such a brave son.

skeptic
January 9, 2014 6:32 pm

So what is Jamaat e Islami's verdict on this young death. Was he worthy enough to qualify for Munawar hassan's lofty standards.

wajahat naqvi
January 9, 2014 6:39 pm

Courage defines our priorities and our actions. enough said.

Indicus
January 9, 2014 6:45 pm

Very deeply touching..Hope there are many people in Pakistan who share authors feelings..

AK
January 9, 2014 6:55 pm

Pakistan will only win the war against TTP when ordinary Pakistanis like Aitzaz rise up to challenge TTP and combat their fanaticism with moral courage and sacrifice like Aitzaz did. The english-speaking elite like myself is unfortunately only a paper (or digital) tiger and mostly irrelevant in this struggle against extremism.

areluctantpakistani
January 9, 2014 6:55 pm

The country is run over by a cancer and we are told we will talk this cancer out! If after Aitzaz and today Chaudhry Aslam nothing changes then I fear the country is already lost. The sooner we break it up and sell off the viable parts in a scavenger sale the better.

Khalid
January 9, 2014 6:57 pm

Salute to Aitezaz, Salute to his parents and especially his mother who born such a brave son for this soil. Shame on our leaders who has fail to protect the peaceful loving citizen of Pakistan. He deserve the highest civilian award for his bravery. May Allah rest him in peace and grant strength to his parents.

Wajahat Ali
January 9, 2014 7:11 pm

Very lovely obituary. It's shameful that Government is still vouching for negotiations with Taliban/LeJ/SSP. These banned outfits are the scum on the earth and we need Military to clean it up once for all.

Naseer
January 9, 2014 7:29 pm

Brave boy, our salute to him and his parents for instilling sense of responsibility and bravery in this young hero. It is actually a shame on us for letting corrupt and selfish politicians rule us. It is an irony that the only person who had the courage and the will to fight terrorists is facing terrorism charges. This shows on who's side is the government and who the judiciary supported.

Magister Ludi
January 9, 2014 7:38 pm

A true hero. Much more deserving than the other media darling from Swat.

Faraz
January 9, 2014 7:41 pm

Molana Imran Khan should learn a lesson from this young boy. I hope Pakistanis will not treat this brave soul as they are treating Malala Yousafzai.

sabir
January 9, 2014 7:42 pm

A real hero and our pride. May Allah bless his famil

Mansoor
January 9, 2014 7:42 pm

Speechless.

If only our leaders realise the nations love for the motherland.

Asif Ali
January 9, 2014 7:46 pm

Zarrar Khuhro you give a great tribute to Aitizaz. He should be honored by Sitara-e-Jurat and shame on KPK govt officials to not pay any attention to the family of Aitizaz. May Allah bless us lot of Aitizaz to be in front of brutal Terrorists.

Khangul
January 9, 2014 8:00 pm

Thank you for a great service. Young Aitezaz gave his life to protect numerous children. He will live for ever in our hearts and minds. When would our coward politicians wake up to face the beasts?

Ajamal
January 9, 2014 8:02 pm

I salute courage and bravery of young Atizaz and yet I have no hope that his sacrifice will not go in vain. This bravery is not enough to shame our leaders who are dying to talk to murderous gang called TTP.

saeed
January 9, 2014 8:04 pm

In this country of TTP supporters, where those who fight with TTP are being killed and dragged in courts, who will stand for this brave boy? He may deserve "Nishane Hyder" but who is listening.

vikas
January 9, 2014 8:10 pm

A big salute to brave boy from india

Omar
January 9, 2014 8:12 pm

God Bless this young hero!!

Indian
January 9, 2014 8:14 pm

R.I.P. brave Aitezaz Hussain !!!

A person who saves even one life saves the entire world.

Akhter Husain
January 9, 2014 8:18 pm

The brave act of the kid keeps my hopes of the future alive.Thank you kid God may bless you

Bilal
January 9, 2014 8:30 pm

Aitzaz is a hero. Kids shouldn't have to be as brave as he has had to be.

But the article seems pretty disingenuous coming from the supporter of a party and a leader who is the biggest apologist of the terrorists who killed Aitzaz.

tearful eyes
January 9, 2014 8:36 pm

Lion of Pakistan and Humanity. We all Salute you. May Allah reward you with his best. You will always be remembered.. Government of Pakistan and provincial government should take steps to recognize his sacrifice and take care of his family. He was a soldier. we salute you.

Capt C M Khan
January 9, 2014 8:45 pm

This just proves the courage in our people. Leaders have let us down but the courage will survive. RIP my little angel, One day the people of this country will make you an example of Courage and Sacrifice.

waruna
January 9, 2014 8:46 pm

Truly he is a hero. Though we pour our tears i think he may be at peace in the presence of the Creator God! God bless his soul........

Adeel Raza
January 9, 2014 9:05 pm

Our grown-up politicians such as Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif should learn from our children like Malala and Aitezaz.

These children have the courage to stand-up to the fanatical cowards which is more than what I can say for our politicians.

Wouldnt it be wonderful if we had a President Aetizaz Hussain and Prime Minister Malala? Just a thought...

Arsalan Mustafa
January 9, 2014 9:13 pm

Sorry to offend Malala's supporters but if this event would have occured with someone protecting the agenda of west, and then surely s/he would become celebrity. However, the poor guy died for a cause and who cares in Pakistan if someone gives away his life for a cause...

M. Bangash
January 9, 2014 9:24 pm

You make us Pakistanis proud of the fact that as long as Aitezaz's are alive, the country is alive, may it be limping. Great article and salute to the author for taking up one boy's stand against the enemies of the country. I am from the same village as he and he does make me proud immensely.

Ajaya K Dutt
January 9, 2014 9:24 pm

Respectful salute to a very noble soul.

Shame on those who support such monsters, directly indirectly or by mere silence.

Indian Neighbour
January 9, 2014 9:25 pm

What an amazingly brave young kid. Between the feeling of sorrow and anger, Pakistan can hold it's head up high with pride today on producing such a fantastic citizen who not only saved the lives of 100's of his fellow students, but also loved his country so much that he stood up for the evil that is threatening to tear it apart.

I am sure this will inspire all those in Pakistan and around the world who continue to fight this mindless evil.

Dave
January 9, 2014 9:31 pm

Salute to this brave boy who scarified his life to save others.

Faris
January 9, 2014 9:33 pm

A playful young guy lost his life and i salute you Aitezaz for your courage as very few would have dared done that. God bless your soul Angel.

Haq
January 9, 2014 10:01 pm

This is the sad truth.

Aamir
January 9, 2014 10:04 pm

Should be given the war award of Nishan e Haider as the country is in a state of war against terrorism and he has saved hundreds of lives

Zubair Akram
January 9, 2014 10:16 pm

He is a Shaheed, a savior. He took a step ahead with courage and left far behind all of us who are trying to become hero on social networks with our scholarly arguments and slapped on the faces of those so-called leadership who left nation behind in misery in the hands of butchers and vultures. Salute, brave son..Even the sand of your grave is precious than our existence.

Amarnath
January 9, 2014 10:16 pm

No. Not worthy of Aitezaz.

That kid had concern for other's lives. He cared to stop a stranger who behaved odd. I, as an adult would have feigned ignorance. You can say that I would not have dared or cared for a stranger behaving odd.

irfan baloch
January 9, 2014 10:21 pm

@zainab: dear Zainab do you realise that he might have belonged to a community that is constantly targeted by TTP and Lashker Jhangvi?

reason why I say it is because his sacrifice will be dismissed and made trivial by the hypocrites I doubt if he will get any recognition from the taliban appeasing "democracy" we have at the moment but he lives in the hearts of all Pakistanis who want peace return to Pakistan and these terrorists pay for their carnage

Asad
January 9, 2014 10:29 pm

All still in favour of dialogue with terrorists and extremists should hang their heads in shame.

May his soul rest in peace.

Tahir Chaudhry
January 9, 2014 10:36 pm

Thanks, Mr. Khuhro for sharing such an inspiring story. Our so called leaders are gutless and also worthless. May God bless Aitezaz's soul.

razs
January 9, 2014 10:36 pm

Let's do something for this brave child. ... cab you please send me his contact? I will wait for your mail. Thank you.

GS@Y
January 9, 2014 10:37 pm

This was very emotive and well-written. I could feel that the words came from the writer's heart from the disquiet and sorrow that bloomed in mine as I read them. Truly, "[w]e don’t need more Aitzazs’. Not one or one million. What we need is to be worthy of the one we lost."

Ajit Tiwari
January 9, 2014 11:27 pm

Kar chale hum fida janeman saathio, ab tumhare hawale watan saathio.. I do not think that this brave kid will ever be dead. He has given us all a lot to think about, to learn from and to remember him for all times to come.

Kristin
January 9, 2014 11:31 pm

The news of your loss has reached across the globe. I would like to express my deepest condolences for the death of such a brave child. I pray for a day when all children everywhere will be safe in their schools and homes.

Akhtar
January 10, 2014 12:31 am

Allah now has the Most Beautiful Angel in His Jannah. The entire nation salutes you dear Aitezaz.. Hopefully our national leaders will recognize and honor the Aitezaz - the Bravest of the Brave in an appropriate manner.

Ejaz ibne Asad
January 10, 2014 12:49 am

It was indeed a great sacrifice by the 15 year old kid. My salutes to him. May Allah grant him a place in the highest corridors of Jannah, next to the Shuhada-e-Karbala. Aameen. Mr, khurho article has echoed the feelings of a great majority of the people around the world. But I doubt the Government will acknowledge his bravery with any award of any medal, much much less a Nishan-e-Haider. Our leaders, as the writer has rightly noted are lambs. Imran Khan is the leader of these lambs and still speaks of appeasing the Taliban. He and his Jamaat-e-Islami cohorts need to be put in front of the Taliban fire to learn a few lessons.

karim
January 10, 2014 1:48 am

@Shuaib: thats the problem in this country, leave everything bad on Allah and forget it.

zaffar igbal
January 10, 2014 1:50 am

Our political leaders should be ashamed of today´s incident.The bravery of this 13 year old cannot be said in simple few worlds.His bravery should go down in Pakistan´s history books.This is indeed a great example of martyrdom.We salute you and your family Aitezaz Hussain.

Hasan Akhtar
January 10, 2014 2:01 am

I salute to this youngest hero of our nation. He gave us life to save several other lives. Shame on PTI and Federal Government to keep their lip sealed for this act of bravery by a 13-14 years old boy. May be PTI and N-League along with JI are upset on this young boy who failed their plan to kill several other innocent boys. If PTI has living courage (which I doubt they don't) they should honor this shahadat and award the family behalf of him and change the school's name to Aetezaz Hussain High School.

shadman
January 10, 2014 2:28 am

I wish billawal has this courage and stopped it ( a Jiyala), and put his name in shaheed!!! GO PPP.

Wali Raza
January 10, 2014 2:35 am

Aitezaz Hussain is real hero for our nation. He probably save dozens of lives by giving the ultimate sacrifice. We was not just a passive victim - he embraced martyrdom by confronting the beast who carried out this heinous.

Whether or not our government give Aitezaz Tamgha-e-Shujaat or not, his ranks will be same as those who gave their lives defending our borders.

If our government does not take decisive action against the self-proclaimed jehadists, TTP, each and every child of our nation will stand up to root this menace out of our beloved homeland.

Imran
January 10, 2014 3:11 am

He deserves Nishan-e-Haider.

anjum
January 10, 2014 3:15 am

a real inspiration ... (y) .May he rest in Paradise

Mohammad Waseem
January 10, 2014 3:22 am

Salute to the brave kid and his parents. May Allah give him high place in Paradise and provide comfort to his family and loved ones. Good piece of writing but unfortunately it will be read by only 2% of the people dealing with the problem. The rest of 98% will hear people like Imran khan, Chaudry Nisar, Fazal Rehman, Sami ul haq, Nawaz sharif and people like them who are bent backward to please the religious fanatics and terrorists. We should have an anonymous referendum in Pakistan to find out how many people really voted for Imran khan so he can support taliban.

Bisma
January 10, 2014 3:25 am

Simple, beautiful, passionate, honest……Pulls at the heartstrings….Very well written……I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry that sweet boy Aitzaz lost his valuable life while the empty politicians play a game of chess. Sweet Prince rest in peace.

Shahjahan
January 10, 2014 4:24 am

So... Imran Khan said that he wants Pakistanis to have talks with the Taliban?

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
January 10, 2014 4:39 am

As a Canadian-Pakistan, living far-off from Pakistan, I fully agree with you Mr. Zarrar Khuro, with what you express in your forceful article above.

The more than 180 million people of Pakistan, must fight the menace of senseless killings with the determination of Aitezaz Ahsan May Allah grant him paradise!

He was no doubt a brave soul. Pakistan must get rid of the scourge of terrorism. Rest in Peace, Aitezaz!

fida sayani
January 10, 2014 5:07 am

All the comments shown below have received almost hundred percent thumbs up. The young man Aitezaz Hussain by his valiant action has left a mark on the minds of Pakistani Nation. His sacrifice should be honored by the Nation and it should be in the form of memorial library, so that future Pakistani boys and girls for generation will know about Aitezaz Hussain sacrifice for humanity.

SUNIL
January 10, 2014 5:37 am

A question scholars should answer -

Who is the martyr?

Who gets place in paradise?

Bilal
January 10, 2014 6:03 am

"We don’t need more Aitzazs’. Not one or one million. What we need is to be worthy of the one we lost. What we need is for those who claim to lead us to show the courage that this boy did." So aptly put!

Taliban Khan must have said to himself that Aitzaz should have invited the beast for peace talks rather than stopping him.

Musa Khan Afridi
January 10, 2014 6:33 am

I am a huge critic of the standards of journalism in Pakistan but this article, the choice of words, the message and the honesty of it has completely blown me away.

A fitting tribute to perhaps our greatest hero. He exemplified what Pakistan is supposed to be all about and not what it has widely become. May he inspire many and may Allah guide us to ensure that Aitezaz Hussain's sacrifice was not in vain. Ameen.

Ali Amin Gandapur
January 10, 2014 6:36 am

I thank You Mr. Khuhro on behalf of all Pashtoons and on behalf of KPK government for the write-up after all there is a praise for a real life hero instead of "manufactured" ones.

Randall
January 10, 2014 6:43 am

God bless this young man.You will not find a bigger hero that Aitezaz Hussain anywhere on this earth.

Shakil
January 10, 2014 7:04 am

Zarrar how true you are. Such mujahids are our only hope against these killers. Aitezaz shaheed zidabad.

Khan
January 10, 2014 7:17 am

My heart feels both joy and sorrow ....Difficult to believe that a young man, who had his life ahead of him, fearlessly confronted these animals knowing well that the coward had a suicide vest....I don't think I would 'have done the same in his shoes...What a brave young man.....Inshallah this young man gets admission to the highest level of Jannah....His family should be given money for their loss and there must be a fitting tribute paid to him....

tariq k sami
January 10, 2014 7:47 am

This kid has sent a message to the State and its 193 million people.

tariq k sami
January 10, 2014 7:47 am

This kid has sent a message to the State and its 193 million people.

Ishrat
January 10, 2014 7:56 am

God bless him. An encouraging sign - I don't see any Taliban sympathisers here, maybe they have learnt their mistake, and turned their attention towards Allah.

Jan
January 10, 2014 8:04 am

I would Like to Donate for this Child's Family Please contact me I am on FB

Patriot
January 10, 2014 8:05 am

What a brave son of the soil, may his soul rest in peace and may Allah (SWT) give the parents and family the strength and fortitude to bear this tremendous loss. Ameen

It is pity we are lead a bunch of hypocrites and cowards who go down on their knees to serve their external paymasters.

Sir
January 10, 2014 8:25 am

@shahid khan: Absolutely right but unfortunately they won't

Mujtaba
January 10, 2014 8:27 am

Thank you for echoing our words so eloquently. We don't deserve him

Haider
January 10, 2014 8:44 am

This boy is our leader not these lambs.... to be worthy of such boy we should upbring our society according to the messsage given to us by this boy!!! This boy must be given '' Nishan-e-Haider'' as he has shown our nation the path of honor and properity...

Ram
January 10, 2014 8:44 am

Reading this churns my stomach, my sincere sympathy with boys family. However I notice comments people calling him Martyr, I assume talibans are also using the same sentiment of reaching martyrdom to lure innocent youth to kill themselves

I think it is time teach peaceful message of Islam and life and not stop celebrating Martyrdom and heaven afterlife, enough is enough no goes to heaven by killing another human being

sheraz hashmi
January 10, 2014 8:54 am

well written,and I never say that..

Babar
January 10, 2014 9:02 am

Hats off to Aitezaz

Zehra
January 10, 2014 9:10 am

We salute to this brave kid!!!!!......our politicians should all hang their heads in Shame, what a small boy did, they have been unable to do.....protect people from Barbarians & Savages Like Taliban & SSP!!!!!

Dr Khan
January 10, 2014 9:10 am

@shahid khan: Dont give such negative remarks about Imran Khan and other who support a dialogue with moderate taliban.Imran Khan is as sad as you and me on the death of this 13 years old boy.May Allah give him Janat ul Firdous to Aitezaz.

amit
January 10, 2014 9:15 am

Frankly, the act of this boy is as selfless and courageous as any one can be. Much as I dislike the Pakistani government/establishment for supporting terror in India, I only feel respect for selfless people such as Aitezaz, the polio workers who face bullets and Malala Yousufazi. These people are the real reason why there is any hope/goodwill for Pakistan. It is tragic that the best amongst you are being killed and destroyed like this.

One request to all the posters - I know you are doing it with good intentions, but please stop asking God/Allah to reward him in heavens. No divine power is going to save or destroy Pakistan - only Pakistanis can do that. The true tribute/reward for someone so brave will be to remember and celebrate his sacrifice by making sure that society is freed of the extremist scum that made his sacrifice necessary.

Ahmed Hasan
January 10, 2014 9:41 am

Excellent peice of work. True demonstration of our feelings towards this incident.

Haider Khan
January 10, 2014 9:57 am

He is more worthy to get a highest bravery award than any other military or law enforcement agency personnel. Atleast he was not a burden on public resources and also laid down his life while saving his fellow country men without any hope for reward. Good job.

Indian
January 10, 2014 10:17 am

This is heart wrenching and painful to read.

Shahnawaz Mangrio
January 10, 2014 10:18 am

Mr. Zarrar Khuhro, given the impotence of our politicians (I will not call them leaders) to openly condemn the cruel beasts what to speak of fighting them, I think, all of us, when possible, should step into shoes of Aitzaz - the great national hero.

Abhishek
January 10, 2014 11:14 am

We all should learn from his bravery. A true hero of Pakistan.

Muhammad Ali klhoja
January 10, 2014 11:18 am

"There is sorrow and rage because a nation that can produce such lions does not deserve to be led by such lambs." hats off to dear zarar for giving such nice words to the nation that are penetrating in the soul and mind.

Muhammad Baqir
January 10, 2014 11:26 am

Boy is a true hero and deserves honor. Why not "Nishan - e- Haider".

Ajay
January 10, 2014 11:33 am

The REAL SUPERHERO. Amar Shaheed ki Aatma ko shanti mile.

Jaffar
January 10, 2014 11:42 am

@Jaffar

The whole nation salutes this brave Shaheed, the pride of Pakistan. And mr Zarrar, you perfectly put the feelings of all Pakistanis (sans our leaders) in your article. Bravo!!!!

Vijayant
January 10, 2014 11:51 am

Such a well written piece by Zarrar! One's heart goes out for the family of this child. As a father, I can feel their pain. Just a little boy but anytime more man than the cowards who killed him. Aitezaz will always be an angel for those he saved. God bless him.

Biswajit
January 10, 2014 12:08 pm

Kid, by one act of incredible courage, you became a hero not only for Pakistan , but also for the whole world. You are the type of people, Taliban will keep on facing for rest of their lives no matter how determined they are. And one day, and that day is not far, when people will sit back to think of you and thank you , because you acted , while many in power chose to duck and stay in their protected armored vehicles and well guarded palatial homes.. My thoughts are with your parents.

ahmed
January 10, 2014 1:12 pm

jeetay raho beta. My eyes are in tears...

Ehtisham
January 10, 2014 1:41 pm

Aitezaz Hussain's martyrdom shows how courage defeat and overcomes the craziness and ugliness of religious extremism.

Umair Aziz
January 10, 2014 1:59 pm

Proud of this young hero. I wonder how many lives this war against terrorism will take away.

Prashant
January 10, 2014 2:22 pm

I have a Pakistani friend on facebook. He believes that the suicide bomber was there for a true cause and at the same time he is proud of this young lad too. Hats off to you Pakistan.

Asif
January 10, 2014 2:25 pm

@vikas: Do someone from us need your "salute" made?

aouchitya
January 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Salute from India

Tariq Mahmood
January 10, 2014 2:56 pm

@vikas: 'from India'! Please correct this statement. This brave young boy is a Pakistani & his bravery is exemplary to us I Pakistan. Pakistan is a sovereign state & he is a son of Pakistan.

Malik
January 10, 2014 3:07 pm

May God enable our leaders to identify the enemy as this young boy

Javed
January 10, 2014 3:09 pm

An excellent eulogy for a brave boy who deserves nothing but Nishan-e-Hyder. Lets all join hands to lobby for award of Nishan-e-Hyder to this boy.

Nasser
January 10, 2014 3:48 pm

A true LION follower of LION of ALLAH, Ali Ibne Abi Talib

Goga
January 10, 2014 3:53 pm

You have made me cry RIP our little hero We are proud of you

Nasser
January 10, 2014 3:54 pm

@M. Bangash: All of us are proud of our brave son, recent history of past few years is full of these examples from our Hangu distt

Asif
January 10, 2014 4:08 pm

You were the man amongst us boys! Your Mother should held her head high to have a 13 year old Lion! at your age I did not know how to wipe my nose properly!

May God bless you in Jannah!.

watanyar
January 10, 2014 4:10 pm

Well said Mr. Zarar : when the souls of the leaders become corrupted and when the peoples slaughter reality with compromise and when they forget their responsibilities and loose the humanity, then in that society unthinkable become possible, that what is happening in Pakistan. No one has a courage to condemn.

Naveed
January 10, 2014 4:13 pm

I am speechless and have tears in my eyes, what a lion he was a true Pakistani lion who sacrificed his life for others.

A wake up call for the coward leaders sitting in raiwand and mansoorah.

MA
January 10, 2014 4:19 pm

@Aamir: surely, he deserves Nishan-i-Haider but who cares for poors in this country

Taimoor Khan
January 10, 2014 4:32 pm

@Faraz: Silly you are.

SYEDA SARA BATOOL
January 10, 2014 4:32 pm

aitezaz.....may your blood bring revolution against terrorists....salute u oh martyered....salam aey shaheed o habib-e- HUSSAIN a.s

Zain
January 10, 2014 4:40 pm

Brave Boy.Loin Character.Shame on TTP.

Dr Mazhar
January 10, 2014 4:51 pm

He was real Jihadi, a real Mujahid, I request Pakistan Government to award him Nishan-e-Haider. Death to talibans.

S. Srinivasan
January 10, 2014 5:05 pm

Salute to Aitezaz Hasan. A true martyr, though it is a terrible tragedy to lose such a fine youngster. May the politicians and the other big people reflect on his sacrifice and put an end to the politics of terrorism.

Farhan
January 10, 2014 5:12 pm

I would like to hear the same words of appreciation for the boy from our religious leaders/scholars. I can bet that they believe that the boy is bound for hell for obstructing the path of the righteous Taliban in their great pursuit of establishing Sharia in Pakistan and getting rid of such satanic institutions like schools.

hanif
January 10, 2014 5:26 pm

I salute you Aitezaz, you are my Hero. May Allah grant you best Place in Jannah, Ins

Just Someone
January 10, 2014 5:43 pm

"What we need is to be worthy of the one we lost."

Just Someone
January 10, 2014 5:50 pm

@Adeel Raza: I would say we need our top brass (president, prime minister, ministers, MNA's, MPA's, Senators, generals, bureaucrats, judges ...) to display the courage that Aitezaz Hussain displayed. It does not mean that they stand in front of a school and try to stop terrorists or enroll in a police or army squad, but display the capacity to take tough and bold decisions that are in the favor of the nation, its growth and progress even though they may clash with their personal interests.

mansoor
January 10, 2014 5:59 pm

Aitzaz, tumhain watan ki hawain salam kahitee hain,

shomik
January 11, 2014 2:27 pm

This is heart breaking. Though am sure, that the story of this young boy and his bravery will be forgotten soon

anquree
January 11, 2014 6:41 pm

i salute etiaz and choudhary aslam both are brave and i have no words to explain their courage and their family courage . may ALLah bless their souls in Jinnah Amin .May Allah save every human on earth even every living creature Amin .pls pray All

anquree
January 11, 2014 6:45 pm

i salute both brave man etiaz and choudhary aslam . i have no words to explain their courage and their family courage . May Allah bless their souls in Jinnah .amin .may Allah save every human in this world or even every living creature . Amin pls pray All

Joe
January 12, 2014 3:08 am

Question: If Imran Khan or any other major politician had been standing there at that gate, and saw the suicide bomber coming into the school ... what would he have said and done?

Ravi
January 12, 2014 9:24 pm

@Tariq Mahmood: Salute is from India and Indians .. Not the nationality of the boy. We missed putting a comma in the sentence

Parthasarathi DasGupta
January 12, 2014 11:20 pm

I am almost verge of crying after reading it. My elder son is just his age only. There is a idiom in english " whom the God love die young." He is a real hero.

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