Published On: Sat, Jan 11th, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

Hangu student who stopped suicide bomber declared great hero

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PESHAWAR: Aitzaz Hasan, the student who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber at a school in Hangu, has been declared a ‘great hero’ by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief of police Nasir Khan Durrani recommended Aitizaz Hasan for a top civilian honour. Durrani has written to the provincial chief minister recommending Hasan for the posthumous award, a police statement issued said.

“The suicide bomber tried to enter the school where hundreds of students were studying. Aitizaz Hasan 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, Hasan should receive.

Aitzaz, a class IX student was killed when the suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the gate of the government school. Aitzaz saved the lives of hundreds of other students when he prevented the suicide bomber from entering the school.

Aitzaz was on his way to school on the morning of January 6 when he spotted a suspicious person. When the brave student called out to this person, he increased his speed and proceeded towards the school.

In an effort to stop the attacker, Aitzaz threw a stone which failed to hit him. This is when Aitzaz ran towards the bomber and grabbed him, thus preventing the attacker from entering the school. The suicide bomber detonated his vest and Aitzaz Hasan lost his life.

Locals are calling for Aitzaz’s sacrifice to be acknowledged on a federal level as he not only demonstrated bravery but also intelligence and courage.
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