Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping bomber recommended for award

Provincial police chief Nasir Khan Durrani recommended Aitezaz Hassan for Pakistan's top civilian award.

Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping bomber recommended for award

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school has been recommended for the country's highest civilian award, a provincial police chief said on Friday.

Aitezaz Hassan, 17, tackled the bomber as he tried to enter a government school in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hassan and the bomber died but no other students or staff were hurt, police said.

"Though I lost my sweet son I have no regret for what he has done. He has done a heroic job and I am proud of his bravery," Aitezaz's father, Mujahid Ali, told Reuters.

The bomber approached the school with explosives hidden under a school uniform on Monday, but students noticed and started shouting out warnings to stop him.

Aitezaz tackled him head on but the bomb detonated and Aitezaz died of his injuries, said head teacher Azmat Ali.

On Friday, provincial police chief Nasir Khan Durrani recommended Aitezaz for Pakistan's top civilian award.

Newspapers ran editorials praising his bravery and contrasted it with the government's inaction in the face of militancy.

"For the sake of Aitezaz and all the countless children that have been taken before their time, somebody from the government needs to take a page out of Aitezaz's book and resist terrorists until they can no longer harmPakistan," the Nation newspaper said in an editorial.

The boy's parents said no government official or politician had contacted them.

Aitezaz's father said authorities could rename the school after him and officially declare him a martyr, a designation that would bring some financial relief to his family.

His mother, brother, and two sisters were mourning Aitezaz but took some comfort in knowing that he had saved many others, the father said.

Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2014, 11:21
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