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An act of tactful bravery


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KOHAT: Aitezaz Hussain, a ninth grader, who saved lives of hundreds of students and sacrificed his life by challenging a suicide bomber outside his school on Monday, has turned into a local hero as people praise him for his bravery and ask the government to acknowledge his act of valour at official level.

The deceased student grabbed the suicide bomber, who was trying to enter the school in Ibrahimzai locality of Hangu district. The bomber blew himself up when he failed to enter the school due to stiff resistance by Aitezaz.

“His act of bravery will be written with golden words in history,” residents of the area said. Eyewitnesses said that Aitezaz Hussain was going to school, where the morning assembly underway, when he sighted a suspicious boy going towards the school building. He asked him to stop after which the bomber started walking quickly towards the school.

Aitezaz hurled a big stone at the bomber to stop him but he missed the target and then ran after the bomber and grabbed him, they said. The bomber blew himself up, killing Aitezaz on the spot, but lives of hundreds of students and their teachers were saved, the eyewitnesses said.

The investigators gave all credit for saving the school from devastation to Aitezaz, who was liked by his classmates and friends for his kindness. The teachers also liked him for being a respectful student.

The residents of the area said that the decade-old war against terrorism inculcated bravery among the people.

An official said that Aitezaz Hussain deserved a bravery award from the government. He said that his family should be compensated for what he did to save the lives of people.

“Kohat commissioner, Hangu DPO and Kohat deputy commissioner and intelligence officers are also impressed by this act of valour but they have yet to announce any reward or compensation to his family,” the residents of the area said.

Police official Ali Murtaza confirmed to Dawn that the suicide bomber was walking towards the school around 8am when Aitezaz got suspicious and asked him to stop. The suicide bomber wanted to target the school, he added.

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Zeizoud Jan 09, 2014 01:43pm


Wajahat Hussain Jan 09, 2014 02:36pm

He must be awarded Nishane Haider for his bravery and selflessness!

Waqas Jan 09, 2014 05:16pm

@Wajahat Hussain: Nishaan-E-Haider is a military award. Civilian equivalent must be Nishaan-E-Shujaat.

faizan Jan 09, 2014 07:50pm

Such acts of heroism should be highlighted at national level.Government should give highest award that can be given to a civilian to honor his bravery.Now why isn't our country's media showing this on TV this is a big news

minhaj Jan 09, 2014 09:28pm

At least, the school should be named after him. What a story! Bravo, bravo, bravo!

azam Jan 09, 2014 10:08pm

AITEZAZ should be awarded with Nishan-e-Shujaat or Order of Bravery, is a medal awarded by the Government of Pakistan for Military and Civilian acts of conspicuous gallantry.The KP government should recommend it to the parliament's committee for Award and Recognition Services for State of Pakistan.This is the highest honour and tribute in the orders of awards which is awarded to the civilians.He sacrificed his life for this Nation and his people.Lets see how much the journalist community can help this case as they did for Malala.

Khan Jan 10, 2014 07:23am

No words to describe his sacrifice....A real hero!.....Inshallah he's being rewarded in Jannah right now.....Great job my young brother, a role model for everyone regardless of their age.

Zobia Khan Jan 11, 2014 02:38am

@minhaj:Thats a great idea. Name the school after him!

Zobia Khan Jan 11, 2014 02:39am

@azam: Why not Nishan-i-Haider?

Admirer Jan 11, 2014 11:25pm

My son is a 9th grader and is 14 recently.....i know what it takes to raise up a kid and also to mentor him to be a true gentleman.

Aitezaz Hussain " The true Gentleman" : No words to praise his courage and sincerity much, it did come from the noble parents and upbringing....

Salute to his family and to all those who are like Aitezaz and have sons like Aitezaz.....

If he was 13 and still not an adult, we will make dua'a for his parents only, to get sabr and ajar as being a pre adult the souls are taken to the gardens straight..... Allah knows the best...

Aitezaz Hussain - Asad e Pakistan (The minimum tribute i can think off)

The Government should learn from the Hero, if words don't reach across, action is required at any cost.......for the better of the rest/masses...