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Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Bacha Khan University attack

Updated Jan 20, 2016 04:56pm


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Assistant Professor Syed Hamid Hussain. – DawnNews
Assistant Professor Syed Hamid Hussain. – DawnNews

CHARSADDA: A chemistry teacher who tried to protect his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at the Bacha Khan University has been hailed as a “martyr” and a “gentleman”.

Lecturer Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, ordered his students to stay inside as Taliban gunmen stormed the school near the city of Peshawar on Wednesday, leaving at least 21 people dead.

Students told of how he opened fire on gunmen as they rampaged across campus, giving the young people time to flee before he was cut down in a hail of bullets.

“We saw three terrorists shouting, 'Allah is great!' and rushing towards the stairs of our department,” one man told reporters.

“One student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up.” He described seeing Hussain holding a pistol and firing at the attackers.

“Then we saw him fall down and as the terrorists entered the (registrar) office we ran away.”

Geology student Zahoor Ahmed said Hussain had warned him not to leave the building after the first shots were fired.

“He was holding a pistol in his hand,” he said.

“Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.”

“They fired directly at the professor,” sociology student Muhammad Daud told AFP, describing Hussain as “a real gentleman and a respectable teacher”.

Tributes were paid to the slain academic on Twitter.

“Martyr of #education: Prof Hamid who was killed by terrorists in #BachaKhanUniversity#Pakistan,” tweeted journalist and academic Raza Ahmad Rumi.

Another message on the site read: “Very #sad news Prof. Dr Syed Hamid from Chemistry dept embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in an attack in #BachaKhanUniversity#Charsadda.”

President Mamnoon Hussain confirmed the lecturer had died, and expressed his grief and condolences to the man's family.

Security officials said an operation to halt the bloodshed at the school ended several hours after it began, with police saying at least 21 people had been killed.

The military said it had killed four extremists. It was not clear if they were included in the death toll.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were given permission to carry firearms in the classroom after Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, at a school in Peshawar in 2014.

The attack on an army-run school in the city, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Charsadda, was the deadliest in Pakistani history, and saw heavily armed militants go from room to room slaughtering students and staff.

Teachers' associations had objected to arming staff, saying it was not their job to fight off militants.

Read: Bullets and backpacks: Arming school teachers is a stopgap measure


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Hamza Jan 20, 2016 04:05pm

May he rest in Peace and all his sins be wiped off. A brave son of the soil.

king Jan 20, 2016 04:06pm

we will never forget you......Shaheedo ko salam

Ali Jan 20, 2016 04:07pm

We salute you !!! We are proud of you!!!

Django Jan 20, 2016 04:09pm

He is truly a ''martyr'' was truly a ''gentleman''.

Kamal Jan 20, 2016 04:14pm

There is no dearth of heroes in this country. I think Hussain should have taken a safe position by lying down or crouching instead of being an easy target in a standing position. A martyr. RIP.

Omar Jan 20, 2016 04:19pm

Very brave sir, people would think about running from that place but you stayed there to sacrifice your life for others. Salute to you sir. For Talibans, I really hope that they get destroyed, PAK ARMY pls finish them once and for all....

ILYAS KHAN Jan 20, 2016 04:21pm

A brave man, rest in peace. He has save many of his student. BRAVO

If we have such teachers in our society, these beasts cannot defeat us.

Ammar Jan 20, 2016 04:21pm

General Raheel. Please take ttp to task on this.

Enough is enough!

Salam Jan 20, 2016 04:26pm

The Name Hussain has something in it. One more Hussain embraced Shahadat with courage and for the reason that others could live. Salute to the Brave soul.

Hussain Rehber Jan 20, 2016 04:26pm

Aye Shaheedon Tum Qaum ki Hayat ho..!!

Naqi Jan 20, 2016 04:26pm

Please do let Maulana Abdul Aziz express his views on this incident

ZAHIR Jan 20, 2016 04:28pm


Salahuddin Bangash Jan 20, 2016 04:36pm

Good! fight by de Dr. Hussain , with a pistol .If the teachers are allowed to keep AK-47, then Dr. HUssain will be live Today. ~Brave Son OF Soil~

krishna Jan 20, 2016 04:37pm

a true teaching by a brave teacher......lots of respect from India.

Khwarezmi Jan 20, 2016 04:39pm

Pakistan is filled with heroes!!

Maqsood Jan 20, 2016 04:41pm


Sajid Sajjad Abbasi Jan 20, 2016 04:43pm

A true hero...

Factual Jan 20, 2016 04:48pm

Nation salutes you Sir. We are forever in debt of your sacrifice.

Rizwan Jan 20, 2016 04:49pm

Brave soul

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Jan 20, 2016 04:51pm

A true Hero. life like gentleman death like LION. You will be missed alot.

Shahid Jan 20, 2016 04:51pm

Heros come in all attires

Jawad Jan 20, 2016 05:04pm

Provide weapons to every student and teacher.

Naxalite Jan 20, 2016 05:07pm

Pakistan Air Force should bomb TTP hideouts in Afghanistan.

MHS Jan 20, 2016 05:14pm

It's about time the govt should think about re starting the NCC training at college level, in fact they must start a more comprehensive training for students from 8th grade. We may have to fight this war for a long time so it's better we are prepared at all fronts .No govt can tackle such an issue alone, we will all have to be an integrated part of this war...

Zak Jan 20, 2016 05:17pm

We pray for this brave and dedicated pakistani. It is men like him who are the pillars of this nation and who have shown the world, these foundations are unbreakable. These foreign funded terrorists are killing school children, as they have lost the war to the pakistan army.

Dismayed Observer Jan 20, 2016 05:17pm

He must be decorated with Nishan-e-Haider or something equivalent to it.

Ali Jan 20, 2016 05:20pm

Sacrificed his own life for the life of students .. .. A true teacher . may his soul rest in peace.

Dark Horse Jan 20, 2016 05:21pm

Really Sad. RIP Prof.

M Mohan Jan 20, 2016 05:21pm

After all when these sane persons will stop there insanity.Indeed it is also one of the worst type of act ,taking the lives of students and the cream of the society. We pray good senses should prevail in these Taliban I type inhumans. RIP to departed soul.

rohit Jan 20, 2016 05:28pm

I salute the braveheart. You are the real hero. We will remember you sacrifice forever.

AHA Jan 20, 2016 05:33pm

Respects. Rest in peace.

Talha Jan 20, 2016 05:39pm

I pray that his family is not forgotten. there should be bullet proof vests available for the teachers too.

N K Ali Jan 20, 2016 05:42pm

RasoolAllah (SM) has said, "The ink of a scholar is more valuable than the blood of a martyr." After Ghazwa e Badr, the Prophet (SM) released a prisoner to freedom after he educated members of Mohajirs and Ansars. How brave! How noble! A man of integrity and learning! Professor...RIP brother. My Salams

ahsan Jan 20, 2016 05:57pm

@Dismayed Observer
Nishan - e Haider for him. He deserves it more than any one.

Ravi Sri Jan 20, 2016 05:57pm

What a brave man. Salute sir.

Akhileshwar Sharma Jan 20, 2016 05:57pm

Prof. Dr Syed Hamid made the supreme sacrifice for his students. Instead of self defense, he chose to save the life of students which was certainly not part of his duty. This must be one of the rarest occasion in world history when a professor took upon itself the responsibility to save his students who were all adult citizens and not minor school children.

The greatest tribute to him will be to make the innocent persons safe. Such incidents can happen anywhere in the world. After all, rogue elements are not the monopoly of a country or region.

Indian Friend Jan 20, 2016 05:58pm

The school and the university students should now raise a combined voice for their surival. It will help us both. RIP Sir. You can be crowned as "The Teacher".

Capt C M Khan Jan 20, 2016 06:00pm

Pakistan will survive just because of HEROES like this great professor. Rest all do window dressings with a closet full of skeletons. Unless the supporters/financiers/institutes/madaressas of these animals are rooted out of Punjab and KPK nothing will change.

Aa Jan 20, 2016 06:06pm

Live Like Ali (AS) and Die Like Hussain (AS)!

Anil Kumar Jan 20, 2016 06:08pm

We pray for those who lost their lives and for peace in Pakistan.It is sad that we have to hear of such incidents where innocents lives are lost.

BK Jan 20, 2016 06:10pm

Great Mr. Syed Hamid Hussain sab. It will be an inspiration for all, instead of getting killed, use whatever the possible way to protect others and fight back till last. You will be remembered in history. RIP

ABL Jan 20, 2016 06:15pm

Would someone (institution) please pledge publicly to support and take care of his family and dependants??

vasudevan Jan 20, 2016 06:21pm

Very very moving. The teacher acted well beyond the call of his duty. He was killed while trying to save his students. What a noble person! His parents should consider themselves blessed for such a son. I really pray for his family, may God give them the mental strength and peace.

ali Jan 20, 2016 06:25pm

@king The Government will forget him soon, we need revenge

Imran Jan 20, 2016 06:33pm

My condolences to victims families & Pakistani people.

nuzhat shireen Jan 20, 2016 06:34pm

we are proud of you.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 20, 2016 06:35pm

May the good Lord give your family peace and we thank you for your gift of life which will keep on giving in the students who you saved. R.I.P my friend Prof Hussain. Your will go to heaven!

John B Jan 20, 2016 06:39pm

The right to bear arms shall not be infringed! the Professor died a hero

Saleem Hayat Jan 20, 2016 06:41pm

In a society where extremist wear garland, and hailed as heroes.They suffer the same way as today's Pakistan is suffering. I hope and pray Pakistanis wake up before is is too late.

zain Jan 20, 2016 06:45pm

My Salute to this "Brave Man" and specialty to his great mother .

Awais Jan 20, 2016 07:02pm

Very sad.

Alphonso Jan 20, 2016 07:06pm

'The Teacher' Syed set an example to all the teachers, the true spirit of sacrifice. Teacher's sacrifice themselves in the process of educating young minds but in this case, he did it with his life too. I am sure, if there is any student who had a fundamentalist mind, it will change for ever with the sacrifice of Professor Syed. May his soul rest in Peace. May peace prevail in Pakistan and in the world.

Ample reverence 4 KSA & Pak Army Jan 20, 2016 07:06pm

But we will keep remember Malala Yousuf for nothing!

eddied Jan 20, 2016 07:12pm

This teacher is a true hero who tried to protect his students...a memorial to his bravery should be placed at the school to keep his memory alive...

Loyal Jan 20, 2016 07:17pm

I know this is horrendous! But having weapon in hands of all and sundry is even more alarming and consequences surely be more disastrous than anyone could think of.

Ravee Jan 20, 2016 07:35pm

A true and Brave teacher, I salute you.

Bobby Kajal Jan 20, 2016 07:36pm

@Jawad Are you for real? Think what would happen!!

Ali Jan 20, 2016 07:39pm

After such an unbelievable University attack, SHARRIF'S are still in SKA/IRAN. They should leave immediately and take care of their house instead taking care of others.

Nisar Ali Jan 20, 2016 07:41pm

Salaam to the shaheed Professor Hamid Hussain who fought against the terrorists,and give his life inside the University.When the Home minister of Pakistan,defend the notorius isis mulla aziz inside the the capital of Pakistan,then the terrorists can attack any where the like,so the teachers and students have to fight the terrorists.Ch nisar ,Nawaz,are directly responsible for this tragedy.

sk Jan 20, 2016 07:47pm

may he rest in peace. Its a sad scenario that teaching faculty are armed to protect themselves. A very bad situation where even teachers & students are not safe!

Ismail Jan 20, 2016 08:00pm

A true martyr, a mard and a momin! It is clear his parents are good Muslims to have brought up such a heroic son! Wish we had more Syed Hamid Husseins in the world.

ankur Jan 20, 2016 08:03pm

I being an Indian is equally sad on the martyrdom of a great and brave person.....may he rest in peace....

janan Jan 20, 2016 08:08pm

He was a real hero, RIP

js Jan 20, 2016 08:31pm

Very pathetic incidence. These cowards target the innocent unarmed people and butcher them in the name of God. I do not find who is the true muslim- the man who killed or was killed. It is the high time that people of Pakistan and other countries should blame it and take strict action otherwise it will challenge the survival of whole mankind

Raj Jan 20, 2016 08:39pm

Kudos to the martyred teacher who saved many young lives in a brave manner. Good. Having said, that, i also have one question that, how come he was having a pistol that too being a teacher in the university. But, still he was a brave human being deserves to be recognised well.

Moderator Jan 20, 2016 08:52pm

First Pathankot in India and now Pakistan. These terrorist have no religion caste or creed. No one has any right over taking anyone's life. I am as much in grief as my pakistan brothers-sisters were during indian airbase attack. I hope our respective goverments learn something out of these attacks and work towards peace rather playing blamegame. Lets stop any other 26/11 (mumbai) kind attack to happen, not even in pakistan.

SMI Jan 20, 2016 08:53pm

Should be awarded highest Civilian Award and Government Should Make Sure his family members should get life time financial support without any hurdle.

Karan Sharma Jan 20, 2016 08:55pm

Salute u sir .... Respect from india

Pakistani Jan 20, 2016 08:59pm

To General Sharif, please take a very stern action against these ter0rist groups and go after madarsas and so called religious teaching places. At this moment you are the only hope for this country.

Ahmed Haneef Jan 20, 2016 09:07pm

PM and COAS should call a meeting of 34 nations Saudi led alliance against terrorism to come and help Pakistan.

Jawad Jan 20, 2016 09:08pm

Very sad. Educational institution should have camera monitored surveillance system and should have trained teachers with enough gun powder to stop and kill the terrorists.

khan Jan 20, 2016 09:17pm

Those that sacrifice theirs own lives for others are truly brave. RIP Prof.

Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 09:19pm

God bless my country

ali Jan 20, 2016 09:26pm

Salute to the martyr hero.RIP

Khan Jan 20, 2016 09:30pm

This man is my hero

Rao Jan 20, 2016 09:38pm

Salutes.RIP brave one

rahat Jan 20, 2016 09:38pm

May his soul rest in peace.

Keti Zilgish Jan 20, 2016 09:39pm

Keeping and carrying of weapons should require no permission whatsoever. Only when the weapons are misused should the State step in and do so efficiently enough to demonstrate its worth clearly.

hamad Jan 20, 2016 09:51pm

Upto the time the mothers are giving the nation,with sons like HUSSAIN, the islam can't be suppressed.. The HUSSAIN are always sacrificing for Islam from history to now. The HUSSAIN are always writing the history of islam with their sacrifices...

ishaq khan Jan 20, 2016 09:54pm

May his soul rest in Peace.

hakim Jan 20, 2016 10:00pm

I think Pakistan should massively invest in providing firearms training to teachers and proving them better weapons.

What can you do with a pistol against automatic weapons like AK47 etc.?

Bert Jan 20, 2016 10:02pm

He should be given a Hero's burial.

rahat Jan 20, 2016 10:08pm

@Raj after APS attack teachers were allowed to keep licensed arms for protection.

VIKRANT Jan 20, 2016 10:09pm

My deepest deepest condolences and sympathies for the family and friends who's life has been effected by the recent event. India feels your pain and pray for quick justice

Manu.J Jan 20, 2016 10:09pm

Dont take me wrong friends.I do think India is better than Pakisthan not because of Economy or such things.The situation in which teachers have to keep a pistol instead of books and lecture notes and four security checks to enter a university and armed guards to protect a campus.I cant even imagine it.I go to a university which dont even have a security staff.Guys your situation is messed up.Please recover fast.You are in deep mess.

Abdul Rehman Jan 20, 2016 10:17pm

A great teacher gave great messsge to our enemies. Till we have teachers like Syed Hamid nobody can do anything to my country. We Salute you SIR.

naveed Jan 20, 2016 10:27pm

this is how pashtoons protect their family,take bullet on chest not running away,everyone needs to follow his example,stand upto the terrorists.all the more reason people need to be armed with legal weapons

Abdul Hafeez Jan 20, 2016 10:30pm

Salute to great teacher of our beloved country! He gave his life protecting students. He will always live in the hearts of people.

Dr. Sehar Khan Jan 20, 2016 10:34pm

May God bless your family...Thanks Sir!!!

Javed Rahman Jan 20, 2016 11:04pm

The death of a Shaheed is the life of a nation.I salute to this brave professor and to his parents who gave birth to a noble gentleman

asiya Jan 20, 2016 11:37pm

His family should be supported financially. They lost their son/brother.

Pakistani_hero Jan 20, 2016 11:50pm

My respects to the professor. A true hero.

Muhammad Jan 21, 2016 12:27am

Hats off sir. May his soul rest in eternal peace in the heavens! ameen

Parvez Jan 21, 2016 12:40am

A true hero.

Syed Ahmed, Canada Jan 21, 2016 01:19am

The armed forces should plan security of the Important installations, Airports, Railway and Bus terminals, Radio and TV Stations.VVIP's VIP's, Masjid's, Hospitals, Schools . They may tailor down security of the VVIP's and VIP's, since they have more than enough resources to employ private security companies if additional security is required.

Fahim Khan Jan 21, 2016 01:37am

Will Choudary Nisar learn any lesson?

Rajan Jan 21, 2016 01:49am

I hope Bollywood will make a movie on the courage of Professor Hussain. Everyone should see it and seek inspiration. His action is the finest example of service to one's fellowmen. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and the families affected by this tragic event. Rajan

Ahmad Jan 21, 2016 01:58am

@ABL tht will still not bring him bk. The families needs revenge. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Enough is enough now.

hamza Jan 21, 2016 02:08am

Sir you are a hero. May your soul rest in peace.

Akram Jan 21, 2016 02:20am

Mashallah. With a name like HUSSAIN what else would we expect?

Parveen Sharma Jan 21, 2016 02:31am

May God be with him. the terrorists have no religion, the butchers of humanity, the killers of innocent people can never gain the sympathy of a real human beings.

Shakil USA Jan 21, 2016 02:39am

Professor we salute you. I am speechless.

Iqbal Khan Jan 21, 2016 02:54am

Yes he is shaheed nevertheless lost his life. Its sad state of affairs in Pakistan. Not only terrorists should be punished but also those who were responsible to provide the security. An honest commission should be formed to determine the lapse in security and the person responsible should be tried in Military court.

Reza Jan 21, 2016 03:03am

A real hero conveying the message Die Like Hussain A.S.

Khan waliti Jan 21, 2016 05:17am

Our hero

Shahzaad Jan 21, 2016 05:31am

Your bravery was outstanding and saved the lives of many. May your soul be received in heaven. God bless you. My the Lord be with your family in this tragic moment.

Eli Jan 21, 2016 06:01am

He laid his life protecting his students. Hope the government fully honour him and his family for this sacrifice..

Ajaya K Dutt Jan 21, 2016 06:07am

Respects and regards.

SUNIL Jan 21, 2016 06:08am

It is good if every teacher carries a pistol to protect self and students from such attackers.

zack Jan 21, 2016 07:46am

@SMI Are you kidding me!! Why would this corrupt government spend money on brave people like the professor as they would rather pocket the money for themselves.

Rajeev Jan 21, 2016 08:06am

Brave young man indeed. Doing this in face of extreme odds with no military training shows his strong values and his sense of responsibility. I salute you. He should be recommended for highest bravery award. He gave his life protecting his students and that is priceless.

saeed Jan 21, 2016 08:29am

He should be awarded highest civil gallantry award

niju Jan 21, 2016 08:48am

I request the Pakistan government to award him the highest gallantary award for bravery.. Nishane-e hyder.. and also compensate his family for his loss. this will encourage citizens to join the fight against terrorism.

R.I.P, the brave soul

DR. MADAN ARORA, MD, FLINT, MICHIGAN, USA Jan 21, 2016 08:49am

YES INDEED. Professor Hussain is real SHAHEED in a true sense. He is really in God's Heavens. May God bless him and his family. Terrorist attack, irrespective of wheather it happens in Pakistan or in India, it has the same significance, an unpardonable, unconscionable attack on humanity as a whole. Let us stop clubbing the terrorists into any particular religion, creed, caste or country. Time has come for the governments and military establishments of both Pakistan and India sit together and pool all the resources to wipe out this cancer from the face of the human planet once for all. Let us forget all our border and other disputes, fight this menace as one unified force. Remember the terrorist is the poison or snake against all Muslims, HJindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and all humankind

Arif Khattak Jan 21, 2016 09:11am

A true hero. Deserves Nishan e Haider.

havbibullah Jan 21, 2016 09:13am

There are some examples of compulsory para-military defensive training exist in certain part of world world is a part school/college curriculum such as Korea. whenever any nation is grabbed in war-zone. New generation is very patriotic We have to be a very pragmatic

Ather Jan 21, 2016 09:13am

It is men like Syed Hamid which make this country survive. He gave away his life to save the future generation! Salute to the great martyr!

Utpal Jan 21, 2016 09:19am

Good Bye Sir! I am jealous to your students, that they got the Great Teacher like you! I wish your students will finish your unfulfilled mission.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 21, 2016 09:22am

It is not the gun but the man behind the gun which matters. My deepest heartfelt condolences for Prof for his heroic effort to protect the lives of his students and in pursuit of the noblest cause he lost his life. Prof had pistol so Prof fired upon the intruder but missed. Terrorist fired upon Prof who instantly died. I dare say, if not annoying, that had Prof been fully trained and exposed in using pistol and that too in such like not dangerous but explosive situations then he should not have missed the target and the terrorist had been killed right on the spot and not Prof which proves that just possession of arm is meaningless and demands that the person must be expert in using the arm effectively. Shouldn't government run some special courses exclusively for teachers to train and groom them as to how to use the arm particularly when the life is at risk? Anyone who opposes me but why and how? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / / Cell +965-66228786

MAH Jan 21, 2016 09:24am

so proud of Prof Hamid.

A Singh Jan 21, 2016 09:38am

RIP Dr. Syed Hamid

Sunil Jan 21, 2016 10:24am

@Jawad Insane idea!

Einstein Babar Jan 21, 2016 10:35am

Salute to professor, bravery is a part of KPK. Arms should be allowed for civilians for their protection.

raj Jan 21, 2016 10:59am

salute to you SIR,may your soul rest in peace

Qurban Hussain Jan 21, 2016 11:10am

You have proved to be a real follower of Imam Hussain AS.

Gurjaar Jan 21, 2016 11:10am

Everyone is proud of you, Sir. To fight we need to have courage despite all odds. You had the courage. If every citizen be like you no one can harm us. RIP

naji Jan 21, 2016 11:10am

Real Shaheed, working in Pakistan and especially in KPK.

suchbaath Jan 21, 2016 11:13am

I hope Chemistry Professor gets nominated for Nishan-e-Haider as front line fighter laid down his life to save students, and helped them. When France can give highest award to American who managed to hold the terrorist inside train, then why others heroes in Pakistan can't get highest bravery award to be the first defenders against these "DARENDAYS" attack. Hope readers will agree, and start a drive to give Nishan Haider to these front line defenders, or create another Civilian Bravery Award of different levels to honor these heroes as first responder.

Daud Jan 21, 2016 11:47am

A brave teacher and i am sure he does more than what he soppose to do......lots of respect from East Africa- Somalia

syed wasim haider Jan 21, 2016 11:48am

We are proud of you.

SHK Jan 21, 2016 11:55am

A very brave teacher

shahnaz Jan 21, 2016 12:14pm

for how long we will salute to our martyres.we will names schools ,roads after them.for how much more time we will recieve prizes for sacrifices.v dont need salutes and sacrifices certificates.we want peace. finish it .get kabalyan out of this country and seal pak afghan border .every thing will be ok.v need to unite for this demand and force govt to push afghans back to their country.dont pay tributes to those killed but plz take some action.force the govt to get rid of afghans.THINK WHY ALL THIS HAPPENING IN KPK ONLY DUE TO CLOSE AFGHAN BORDER ONLY.THINK PLZ EVERY ONE WHO READS IT

seeker Jan 21, 2016 12:16pm

Courageous man. Respects from an Indian. Though I would not feel comfortable if professor carried a gun to his class, in this case it allowed many students to escape. Hope his family will be well looked after and part of the university is named after him. Long live Prof. Hamid

Jehanzeb Naeem Khan Jan 21, 2016 12:18pm

Truly heroic. His compassion is unparalleled.

ROHIT PANDEY Jan 21, 2016 12:20pm

M heart goes to his family- wife perhaps, children and parents-they will carry the scar for life.

The brave lay down their lives and the family suffer for the rest of their lives.

SanjeevYadav Jan 21, 2016 12:35pm

Salute from an Indian to the brave man.

Rashid Siddique Parhyar Jan 21, 2016 01:58pm

Brave Teacher! May his soul rest in peace.

talat haque Jan 21, 2016 02:16pm

A brave soul - bless him and his family

Salman Jan 21, 2016 05:23pm

We are so proud of you Sir. Our country is surviving because of brave people like you. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Aameen.

Khan waliti Jan 21, 2016 06:00pm

I wish that we stop apologizing for training our teachers to use firearms. It is not possible even in developed countries to stop terrorists hell bent on terrorism. Example Paris , US. An armed teacher would delay the terrorist and cause them planning headaches when attacking. Although the proffesor missed he nevertheless created a distraction long enough for some students to escape.

Salute to our hero

How can this nation be defeated where the blood of Marty's like the proffesor, Atizaz Hussain bangish and 134 innocent soles is paving the way for our victory

Kashif Jan 21, 2016 07:08pm

God Bless Professor Syed Hamid Hussain. You are my hero.

PakistanFirst Jan 21, 2016 07:10pm

Hero of Pakistan.

Mahmood Shah Jan 21, 2016 08:28pm

I personally knew Hamid Hussain. We were neighbors, his father being a childhood friend of mine. A very modest family, the father runs a small grocery store in Sawabi. The young man attained his Doctorate through hard work, and has now proved his mantle. A big shock to so many. Mahmood, USA

Capilano Jan 21, 2016 08:50pm

No words to express the loss of this brave son. A true hero.

K Jan 21, 2016 11:06pm

May God bless all victims and their families and wipe off this terror menace and their supporters from the land of Pak & Afghan and neighboring countries and worldwide

K Jan 21, 2016 11:18pm

Salute to you professor Syed Hussain. May God bless you and all other students who lost their lives in this horrific crime.

jamshed Jan 22, 2016 02:54am

@Manu.J I agree with you 100 percent and it is us.

jamshed Jan 22, 2016 02:58am

@DR. MADAN ARORA, MD, FLINT, MICHIGAN, USA ,I salute you for your noble thoughts, dear Dr Madan.We need more people like you in our midst. Our only priority must be to bring peace to our people as other things can be addressed later.

Ajit singh Jan 22, 2016 03:02am

A role model !!!

K.Shah Jan 22, 2016 03:37am

Time has come for all of us to be armed in schools, colleges & universities.We can no longer rely on authorities to protect us.

Observer1 Jan 22, 2016 04:52am

@Anil Kumar Thank you brother, We need to fight against these terrorist both sides of the border. Appreciate your comments as Pakistani.

Mustafa Jan 22, 2016 06:14am

@Naqi This is not the time to be divisive.

Nadir Aziz Jan 22, 2016 08:16am

What a Hero? May God bless his soul.

Rizwan Jan 22, 2016 09:59am

A real hero who fought back with the murderers. These are glorious example of heroism. I would suggest that they should be included in school text book to teach our children that who is a real hero.

Uzair Jan 22, 2016 10:22am

I salute his bravery. A role model for teachers. Courageous and loving his students.

Aamir kamran Jan 22, 2016 03:38pm

Hussain the great. son of the soil. we will cut their roots. They are on toe of our boots.

noshin Jan 22, 2016 05:42pm

What could be the reaction of administration if he be a son of Sharif brothers, when we will be able to retaliate such events of darkmare....

noshin Jan 22, 2016 05:45pm

What about the sim cards used by terrorists?? The interior ministry spoke earlier to take against the cellular companies in case of unregistered sims. The cellular companies clarified that Afghan's sim card is not workable in those areas where attack did happen.

Steve, an American admirer Jan 23, 2016 04:24am

A hero, terrible for Pakistan to lose this man.