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Are we worthy of Aitezaz Hussain?

Updated Jan 09, 2014 07:06pm


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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.


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Zarrar Khuhro is a Dawn staffer. He is a co-host of the TV talk show, Zara Hut Kay.

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Faisal Jan 09, 2014 04:09pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 04:18pm

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

Saleem Jan 09, 2014 04:44pm

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

haris Jan 09, 2014 04:56pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:01pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:04pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:07pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:11pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:34pm

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

zainab Jan 09, 2014 05:35pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:39pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:56pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 05:56pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:03pm

"We don

tajali Jan 09, 2014 06:07pm

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

Farrukh Jan 09, 2014 06:07pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:10pm

this young boy truely deserves a salute!

Shuaib Jan 09, 2014 06:11pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:19pm

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

Salman Jan 09, 2014 06:21pm

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

Umar Jan 09, 2014 06:25pm

To answer the question in your title. No.

Rizwan ashfaque Jan 09, 2014 06:27pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:32pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:39pm

Courage defines our priorities and our actions. enough said.

Indicus Jan 09, 2014 06:45pm

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

AK Jan 09, 2014 06:55pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:55pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 06:57pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 07:11pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 07:29pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 07:38pm

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

Faraz Jan 09, 2014 07:41pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 07:42pm

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

Mansoor Jan 09, 2014 07:42pm


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

Asif Ali Jan 09, 2014 07:46pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:00pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:02pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:04pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:10pm

A big salute to brave boy from india

Omar Jan 09, 2014 08:12pm

God Bless this young hero!!

Indian Jan 09, 2014 08:14pm

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

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

Akhter Husain Jan 09, 2014 08:18pm

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

Bilal Jan 09, 2014 08:30pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:36pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:45pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:46pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:05pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:13pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:24pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:24pm

Respectful salute to a very noble soul.

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

Indian Neighbour Jan 09, 2014 09:25pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:31pm

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

Faris Jan 09, 2014 09:33pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:01pm

This is the sad truth.

Aamir Jan 09, 2014 10:04pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:16pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:16pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:21pm

@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 Jan 09, 2014 10:29pm

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

May his soul rest in peace.

Tahir Chaudhry Jan 09, 2014 10:36pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:36pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 10:37pm

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

Ajit Tiwari Jan 09, 2014 11:27pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 11:31pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 12:31am

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 Jan 10, 2014 12:49am

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 Jan 10, 2014 01:48am

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

zaffar igbal Jan 10, 2014 01:50am

Our political leaders should be ashamed of today

Hasan Akhtar Jan 10, 2014 02:01am

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 Jan 10, 2014 02:28am

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

Wali Raza Jan 10, 2014 02:35am

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 Jan 10, 2014 03:11am

He deserves Nishan-e-Haider.

anjum Jan 10, 2014 03:15am

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

Mohammad Waseem Jan 10, 2014 03:22am

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 Jan 10, 2014 03:25am

Simple, beautiful, passionate, honest

Shahjahan Jan 10, 2014 04:24am

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

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jan 10, 2014 04:39am

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 Jan 10, 2014 05:07am

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 Jan 10, 2014 05:37am

A question scholars should answer -

Who is the martyr?

Who gets place in paradise?

Bilal Jan 10, 2014 06:03am

"We don

Musa Khan Afridi Jan 10, 2014 06:33am

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 Jan 10, 2014 06:36am

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 Jan 10, 2014 06:43am

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

Shakil Jan 10, 2014 07:04am

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

Khan Jan 10, 2014 07:17am

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 Jan 10, 2014 07:47am

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

tariq k sami Jan 10, 2014 07:47am

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

Ishrat Jan 10, 2014 07:56am

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:04am

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

Patriot Jan 10, 2014 08:05am

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:25am

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

Mujtaba Jan 10, 2014 08:27am

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

Haider Jan 10, 2014 08:44am

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:44am

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:54am

well written,and I never say that..

Babar Jan 10, 2014 09:02am

Hats off to Aitezaz

Zehra Jan 10, 2014 09:10am

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 Jan 10, 2014 09:10am

@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 Jan 10, 2014 09:15am

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 Jan 10, 2014 09:41am

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

Haider Khan Jan 10, 2014 09:57am

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 Jan 10, 2014 10:17am

This is heart wrenching and painful to read.

Shahnawaz Mangrio Jan 10, 2014 10:18am

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 Jan 10, 2014 11:14am

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

Muhammad Ali klhoja Jan 10, 2014 11:18am

"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 Jan 10, 2014 11:26am

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

Ajay Jan 10, 2014 11:33am

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

Jaffar Jan 10, 2014 11:42am


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 Jan 10, 2014 11:51am

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 Jan 10, 2014 12:08pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 01:12pm

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

Ehtisham Jan 10, 2014 01:41pm

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

Umair Aziz Jan 10, 2014 01:59pm

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

Prashant Jan 10, 2014 02:22pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 02:25pm

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

aouchitya Jan 10, 2014 02:28pm

Salute from India

Tariq Mahmood Jan 10, 2014 02:56pm

@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 Jan 10, 2014 03:07pm

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

Javed Jan 10, 2014 03:09pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 03:48pm

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

Goga Jan 10, 2014 03:53pm

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

Nasser Jan 10, 2014 03:54pm

@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 Jan 10, 2014 04:08pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 04:10pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 04:13pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 04:19pm

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

Taimoor Khan Jan 10, 2014 04:32pm

@Faraz: Silly you are.

SYEDA SARA BATOOL Jan 10, 2014 04:32pm

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

Zain Jan 10, 2014 04:40pm

Brave Boy.Loin Character.Shame on TTP.

Dr Mazhar Jan 10, 2014 04:51pm

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

S. Srinivasan Jan 10, 2014 05:05pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 05:12pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 05:26pm

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

Just Someone Jan 10, 2014 05:43pm

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

Just Someone Jan 10, 2014 05:50pm

@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 Jan 10, 2014 05:59pm

Aitzaz, tumhain watan ki hawain salam kahitee hain,

shomik Jan 11, 2014 02:27pm

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

anquree Jan 11, 2014 06:41pm

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 Jan 11, 2014 06:45pm

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 Jan 12, 2014 03:08am

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 Jan 12, 2014 09:24pm

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

Parthasarathi DasGupta Jan 12, 2014 11:20pm

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.