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Aitezaz Hussain recommended for top award

Updated Jan 10, 2014 08:02pm


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Aitezaz Hussain, who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school in Hangu district. — Photo by AFP
Aitezaz Hussain, who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school in Hangu district. — Photo by AFP
Mujahid Ali (L), father of Pakistani student Aitzaz Hassan, who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school, sits with mourners beside the photographs of his son in Hangu district. -Photo by AFP
Mujahid Ali (L), father of Pakistani student Aitzaz Hassan, who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school, sits with mourners beside the photographs of his son in Hangu district. -Photo by AFP

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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S R Khan Jan 09, 2014 08:04pm

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

faisal baloch Jan 09, 2014 08:15pm

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

akram Jan 09, 2014 08:34pm

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

hawk Jan 09, 2014 08:38pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 08:56pm

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 Jan 09, 2014 09:35pm

Brvave heart. Real martyr .blessed.

Shahab. Ahmed Jan 09, 2014 09:45pm

May Allah accept his martyrdom. .

Aamir Jan 09, 2014 10:00pm

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

Farrukh Jan 09, 2014 10:10pm

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

Asad Jan 09, 2014 10:21pm

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

Ravi Jan 09, 2014 11:44pm

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

Adam Jan 09, 2014 11:52pm

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

Amjad Wyne Jan 10, 2014 12:37am

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.

omar Jan 10, 2014 01:26am

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.

Idealist Jan 10, 2014 02:29am

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

sherie Jan 10, 2014 02:36am

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.

NASAH (USA) Jan 10, 2014 03:39am

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.

Sarwat Jan 10, 2014 03:39am

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

fida sayani Jan 10, 2014 05:11am

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

asif Jan 10, 2014 05:24am

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.

Singh Jan 10, 2014 07:38am

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

ikram khan Jan 10, 2014 07:40am


anilsk Jan 10, 2014 08:10am

Salutes to this young man.

Muhammad Younas Jan 10, 2014 09:27am

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

ali meghani Jan 10, 2014 09:50am

He deserves Nisha-e-Haider....

Yawar Jan 10, 2014 10:16am

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.

Sajjad Jan 10, 2014 10:31am

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

Nauman Afzal Jan 10, 2014 11:04am

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

Pakistani. Jan 10, 2014 11:17am

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

Shehzad Zafar Jan 10, 2014 11:27am

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.

vijay Jan 10, 2014 12:22pm

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

meela Jan 10, 2014 12:53pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 01:39pm

Award him Nishan- e Haider.

Akram Jan 10, 2014 02:23pm

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

habib ullah Jan 10, 2014 02:25pm

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.

Syed Jan 10, 2014 02:28pm

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.

mba Jan 10, 2014 02:43pm

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:

Naeem Syed Jan 10, 2014 03:11pm

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.

Faizan Jan 10, 2014 03:19pm


Muhammad Ali klhoja Jan 10, 2014 04:43pm

Aitezaz Hussain recommended for top award:

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

Just Someone Jan 10, 2014 05:40pm

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

Samar Jan 10, 2014 05:44pm

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

haris Jan 10, 2014 05:54pm

@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 Jan 10, 2014 06:46pm

Aitezaz Hassan

malik Jan 10, 2014 06:50pm

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

sherie Jan 10, 2014 07:18pm

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

Anwar Jan 10, 2014 07:23pm

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.

Stefan Jan 10, 2014 07:35pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:00pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 08:03pm

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.

bpuharic Jan 10, 2014 08:16pm

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.

Pervez Jan 10, 2014 08:33pm

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.

Kevin Jan 10, 2014 09:50pm

.....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

Indian Jan 10, 2014 09:59pm

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 Jan 10, 2014 11:10pm

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

Riaz Jan 10, 2014 11:11pm

We are proud of you Aitazaz..

You are Truly HUSSAIN

Touseef Jan 10, 2014 11:22pm

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

Surjith Jan 10, 2014 11:27pm

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 Jan 11, 2014 12:05am

Name that school after him,

Danish Jan 11, 2014 02:11am

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

EHT Jan 11, 2014 05:51am

May Allah bless young hero.

Jamal Najmi Jan 11, 2014 06:28am

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.

Usman Jan 11, 2014 07:12am

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 Jan 11, 2014 07:17am

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 Jan 11, 2014 07:48am

@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.

Ali Jan 11, 2014 08:04am

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.

TK Jan 11, 2014 08:09am

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.

[WHY are people giving thumbs down to any of the comments here?]

Rehan Jan 11, 2014 08:24am

Hero, Hero, Hero & nothing less-

imran ahmed Jan 11, 2014 09:51am

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

Khaled Jan 11, 2014 04:52pm

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.

Chanpeer Jan 11, 2014 05:03pm

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!

Rambu Jan 11, 2014 08:09pm

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

Vivek Sharma Jan 12, 2014 09:52am

Really appreciable.

My Salute.

Dr.Aamir Jan 12, 2014 10:17am

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.