PESHAWAR: Police in Peshawar have recommended a teenager who was killed stopping a suicide bomber from attacking a school for a top civilian honour.

Aitezaz Hussain, 15, a student in Hangu district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Monday tackled the bomber who had come to attack his school at a time when hundreds of students were inside.

Hussain died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up at the school gates. No one else was wounded or killed in the incident.

Nasir Khan Durrani, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief of police, has written to Chief Minister Pervez Khattak recommending Hussain for the posthumous award, a police statement issued late Thursday said.

“The suicide bomber tried to enter the school where hundreds of students were studying. Aitezaz Hussain sacrificed his life and stopped the bomber with bravery and courage,” the police statement said.

“He saved the lives of hundreds of innocent students with his extreme valour and bravery.”

Pakistan has several categories of civilian award and it will fall to the government to decide which, if any, Hussain should receive.

Hussain's father Mujahid Ali Bangash told AFP on Thursday he felt not sadness but pride at his son's death.

“Many people are coming to see me but if they try to express sympathy, I tell them to congratulate me instead on becoming the father of a martyr,” he said.

“I will be even more than happy if my second son also sacrifices his life for the country.”

Local media are calling Hussain a hero, while social media is demanding recognition for him.

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Comments (74)

S R Khan
January 9, 2014 8:04 pm

Very courageous. Indeed a very brave youth; may his soul rest in peace. All those believing in humanity will always remember him.

faisal baloch
January 9, 2014 8:15 pm

this is a real SHAHEED, the rest so called shaheeds are not at all..this boy is the real one. RIP

January 9, 2014 8:34 pm

It's this type of courage from one Pakistani, that makes us proud. A true shaheed.

January 9, 2014 8:38 pm

Rest in Peace young man ! You are one of the real heroes of this land. Salute to you and to your family.

I hope we as a nation is able to hold and honor his sacrifice and don't forget what he did for this land and for the humanity.

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
January 9, 2014 8:56 pm

I would like to inform Imran Khan and his ilk that this boy is the real brother of Pakistani awam and not the Taliban.

Shahab. Ahmed
January 9, 2014 9:35 pm

Brvave heart. Real martyr .blessed.

Shahab. Ahmed
January 9, 2014 9:45 pm

May Allah accept his martyrdom. .

January 9, 2014 10:00 pm

Should be given nishan e haider by the governament..Our country is at war against terrorism and the boy deserves this war award for saving hundreds of lives

January 9, 2014 10:10 pm

I salute you Aitezaz Hussain, for being a brave martyr. For being a true shaheed, a true lion amongst the coward hyenas, for saving lives of your fellow student. And Mr. Mujahid Ali Bangash congratulation to you. May Molla bless you Sir. Thanks

January 9, 2014 10:21 pm

May his soul rest in peace.. A real martyr.

January 9, 2014 11:44 pm

Wow, bravo for his bravery, he is the real hero.

January 9, 2014 11:52 pm

Aitezaz Hassan should be awarded with highest national award on 23rd March 2014

Amjad Wyne
January 10, 2014 12:37 am

We should all be proud of him - He not only saved many lives, he set an example for the rest of the nation. May his soul rest in paradise.

January 10, 2014 1:26 am

I agree with Sherry Rehman sahiba to give this child the medal. Just think of yourself in his place, it takes a lot of courage to do something like this specially knowing the outcome.

January 10, 2014 2:29 am

Hats off to such a brave lad. May his soul rest in peace. Aitezaz will be remembered among brave heros of my homeland.

January 10, 2014 2:36 am

Aitzaz has made us all proud. It is the saddest thing that a teen had to giv up his life to prevent evil. But what a show for the cowards who attack us. Pakistanis will stop you with our lives if needed and until needed. One for all and all for one.

January 10, 2014 3:39 am

Now here is a kid who should receive Nishan-e Imtiaz for true patriotic sacrifice and his family, pension for life, for bringing up a son like that.

January 10, 2014 3:39 am

Allah is bhadur bachey ki shahat qubool farmaey aur usey Jannat mein jagah atta kare, Aameen.

fida sayani
January 10, 2014 5:11 am

Brave do not die. They live if we establish a memorial for them, such as library.

January 10, 2014 5:24 am

This martyr culture indirectly fuels lack of respect and value for human life. an innocent life cut short is a tragedy and the father needs counseling.

January 10, 2014 7:38 am

RIP real hero. World is still a place to live because of scarifies from brave people like you.

ikram khan
January 10, 2014 7:40 am


January 10, 2014 8:10 am

Salutes to this young man.

Muhammad Younas
January 10, 2014 9:27 am

Salute to you and your courage my brother. May Allah shower his countless blessings on you and your family.

ali meghani
January 10, 2014 9:50 am

He deserves Nisha-e-Haider....

January 10, 2014 10:16 am

May Allah grant him a place in the highest heaven next to the Shaheeds. And shame on the extremist terrorists who intended to target young kids in school.

January 10, 2014 10:31 am

What a brave an selfless thing to do!b May Allah grant this young man janat

Nauman Afzal
January 10, 2014 11:04 am

He made the ultimate sacrifice. May Allah be pleased with him, Ameen.

January 10, 2014 11:17 am

RESPECT for this brave little boy. Worthy of a Nishan-e-Haider!!!

Shehzad Zafar
January 10, 2014 11:27 am

God has made this young man a blessing in disguise. In a war there should not be any killing of children. This is stricly forbidden in Islam.

January 10, 2014 12:22 pm

People of Pakistan must be proud a giving birth to such a brave son in its soil. This is real bravery than any malala.

A respectful salute from across the border India. Let his soul rest in peace. God bless his family

January 10, 2014 12:53 pm

Hassan was really a brave boy. We should learn from him who scarified his life to save his colleagues. I salute him and his parents. He is our hero and heroes never die they always in our hearts. The government of Pakistan should give a reward for his bravery action to motive other to scarify for the country and eliminate black sheep in our country.

Mohammad Ali Khan
January 10, 2014 1:39 pm

Award him Nishan- e Haider.

January 10, 2014 2:23 pm

if only we had a handful of boys like Aitzaz Hassan, we could permanently be rid of the menace of terrorism.

habib ullah
January 10, 2014 2:25 pm

a shining star; a symbol of hope for a bright future ; inspiration a model to follow...we are proud of u Aitazaz Hassan and ur family.

January 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Our Salam to Aitezaz, he is a true hero and Shaheed without a doubt. We as a nation are indebted to his father, as they saved hundreds of children from a monster.

January 10, 2014 2:43 pm

Thank you Aitezaz for let me feel proud of Pakistan at my home in Italy. I listened his story during my breakfast here in Italy and I would like to translate some comments of Italian journalist here: “… courage has no nationality and no religion, courage has no gender and no conviction …”. But dear Dawn-readers, for me the courage has today a nationality: Pakistan and he has a religion: HUMANITY. Pakistan is not yet lost. Our mothers give birth to daughters like Malala Yousafzai and sons like Aitezaz Hassan. Let us don´t forget thousands of citizens, policemen and soldiers, like Chaudhry Aslam who are fighting day-in-day-out against the unholy terrorists.

Naeem Syed
January 10, 2014 3:11 pm

This is the true meaning of courage that you will not find in any dictionary. May he rest in peace, may his sacrifice be en inspiration for us all.

January 10, 2014 3:19 pm


Muhammad Ali klhoja
January 10, 2014 4:43 pm

Aitezaz Hussain recommended for top award:

Eid e Zahra (S.A) tammam Momineen o Mominaat ko Mubarak ho.

Just Someone
January 10, 2014 5:40 pm

Very brave. We salute you, your parents and your family.

January 10, 2014 5:44 pm

I hope the government is listening. The least they can do is honor his sacrifice and support his family.

January 10, 2014 5:54 pm

@Aamir: Nishan-e-Haider is a military honour and meant to be given to the military personnel only. There are several equivalent awards for civilians. I would support for "Nishan-e-Shujaat" for our real martyr Aitezaz Hussain.

Kamal Sangra
January 10, 2014 6:46 pm

Aitezaz Hassan’s sacrifice is beyond any Civil or Military award of Pakistan. Let there be a UN Award for his supreme sacrifice. Proud of you. May your soul rest in peace.

January 10, 2014 6:50 pm

Forget Malala, this is a hero! May allah give me jannat. ameen

January 10, 2014 7:18 pm

Amir, Nishan e haider is a military award. The equivalent civil award is nishan e Pakistan or more appropriately nishan e shujaat.

January 10, 2014 7:23 pm

Hats off to Aitezaz Hussain for his courage and great sacrifice, he saved his fellow students from being victims. Government should confer greatest award on him and the world as well should give space to his bravery and sacrifice for his great service to human beings.

His name must also be incorporated in Guinness book of world record for showing extra ordinary courage and losing his innocent life fearlessly to save others. He was only 15 i condole with his parents and pray to Allah to grant them courage to bear this untimely and precious loss.

January 10, 2014 7:35 pm

Much respect to Mr. Hussain and I wish blessings and peace to his family. He is a shining example of why extremism and violence will fail.

Wali Haidri
January 10, 2014 8:00 pm

This nation is indebted to you. We owe it to you to continue on your footsteps and rid this country of this menace. Our leaders must learn from you.

Aziz e watan
January 10, 2014 8:03 pm

Salaam to Aitzaz Hussain Shaheed It is embarrassing that the TV broadcast media have chosen not draw any attention to the sacrifice of this young man. When our "free" TV media/ intellectuals choose undermine/ ignore such acts of bravery, it begs the question of whether Pakistan even deserves to such sacrifices.

January 10, 2014 8:16 pm

He is a hero in the United States as well. To his family and friends I send my heartfelt sorrow, but my heartfelt thanks as well that this brave young man save so many children of Pakistan.

January 10, 2014 8:33 pm

If our leaders had 1% of the courage this young man had we would be a great nation. May Allah grant him janat al firdoos.

January 10, 2014 9:50 pm

.....and still elitists like Imran try to make peace with the terrorists, while the real heroes stand up to them RIP Aitezaz Hussain and Chaudhery Sahib

January 10, 2014 9:59 pm

may god grant strength to his family in this trying hour...this brave heart will live through the lives of the people he saved .that is a shame ,really

syed imtiaz
January 10, 2014 11:10 pm

If law allows he should be allowed NISHAN HAIDER.This will set example in history of pakistan and encourage civilians to sacarfice their life at least they know that there sacerfice will be remember forever if it is worthy..this will also increase civilans and military ties

January 10, 2014 11:11 pm

We are proud of you Aitazaz..

You are Truly HUSSAIN

January 10, 2014 11:22 pm

I think Pakistani communities should pitch in to show their appreciations by building roads and schools in honor of this Pakistani brave.

January 10, 2014 11:27 pm

People were wondering how did the kid get such courage. I got the answer by viewing the comments made by the father. It is from his father itself. I am amazed by his composure and I don't think there would be many who will react like this after the death of his son and about the second statement "I will be even more than happy if my second son also sacrifices his life for the country" hats off. People of Pakistan this is how you fight terror. No more silent protests. In fact this should be an eye opener for all. Respect and salute.

Lakhkar Khan
January 11, 2014 12:05 am

Name that school after him, “Aitezaz Bangash High School”.

January 11, 2014 2:11 am

Young boy, our generations shall remain indebted to you! Let's promise that "together" as a nation we all stand against radicalism.

January 11, 2014 5:51 am

May Allah bless young hero.

Jamal Najmi
January 11, 2014 6:28 am

I am so full of sorrow for the loss of a great young boy and happy that we have such brave young boys amongst us. If could do a small fraction of as good a deed as this young boy did, I would be happy.

Aitezaz Hussain, entire world is proud of you. Taliban can never break the will of a nation that have courageous boys like you!! May this country bear many more young lads like you. You are my hero.

January 11, 2014 7:12 am

Aitezaz Hussain you are A TRUE MARTYR, You are true lion among these coward hyenas. We can't thank you enough for saving lives of 100's of your fellow students. Mr. Mujahid Ali I am sure that are proud of your Son. May ALLAH bless All your Family.

krishna prasad
January 11, 2014 7:17 am

Aitezaz Hassan should be included in the school curriculam with the purpose of educating and enhancing the moral values of school going children. Pakistan should be proud of him for he stood by what is right for his people and not for his personal gain. Politicians, police and others should emulate him and in bringing normalcy back into pakistan, People here need peace, love and happiness - not hatred, religion and petty selfish mindsets.

Muhassad Ashfaq
January 11, 2014 7:48 am

@S R Khan:

We should all be proud of him - He not only saved many lives, he set an example for the rest of the nation. May his soul rest in paradise.

January 11, 2014 8:04 am

This young and brave boy should not only be awarded with the highest bravery award of the country but his school should be named after him and also a monument should be built at an appropriate place and he should be remembered every year. The taliban should be ashamed of themselves even young school kids know that what they are doing is wrong. May his soul rest in eternal peace and his parents be granted courage to bear this huge loss to them. loss Aameen.

January 11, 2014 8:09 am

I would say Aitezaz Hassan deserves the Nobel Peace Prize much more so that Malala did; BUT that is not awarded posthumously, so the next best awards should be given. Any money associated with the awards should be to the brave boys parents, but an EQUAL amount should be nationally-internationally to SUPPORT education about the fight against terror.

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January 11, 2014 8:24 am

Hero, Hero, Hero & nothing less-

imran ahmed
January 11, 2014 9:51 am

salam to that young man. Allah is great. congratulate to his father.

January 11, 2014 4:52 pm

Hope Imran Khan and the likes of him get the time to read the full account of this tragedy. it just might change their opinion a teeny weeny about the Taliban. Meanwhile it is requested that the bereaved family be consoled by the Taliban sympathizers and the terrorist condemned, if that is not asking too much.

January 11, 2014 5:03 pm

He sat an example in the world. Must get Nishan - e - Pakistan. Must get Nobel Peace Prize. Govt. of Pakistan do whatever you can to project the image of his great sacrifice for education of mankind. This is what Islam is. Aitezaz Hussain: We all salute You!

January 11, 2014 8:09 pm

Pakistan need the Hero stand up!!!!!!

Vivek Sharma
January 12, 2014 9:52 am

Really appreciable.

My Salute.

January 12, 2014 10:17 am

I have no words to express my feelings but Son I really felt proud of you. May Allah bless your soul. You don't need any worldly awards, WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IS BEYOND THAT.

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