Malala to give Rs0.5m to Aitizaz Hasan's family

Published: January 10, 2014

A picture of late Aitizaz Hasan making the rounds on social media.

PESHAWAR: Teenage activist Malala Yousufzai announced she will give Rs0.5 million to Aitizaz Hasan’s family and called on the government to bestow the highest civilian award on him.  

Hasan – a student from Hangu – tackled a bomber on January 6 who had come to attack his school at a time when hundreds of students were inside. The brave boy died while protecting others.

“I feel saddened that violence took another child’s life in my country; I feel proud that I belong to a country where many brave and courageous people like Aitizaz Hasan are born,” Malala said.

Malala herself was attacked by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) gunmen in Swat in 2012 for her vocal opposition of the militant group.

“Sacrificing his own life, Hasan saved hundreds of innocent young students from getting killed; I feel proud of his pious and courageous act. I wish his sacrifice brings peace to my people and my country,” she said.

Civilian honour

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 late on January 9 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.

Hasan’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 Hasan a hero, while social media is demanding recognition for him.

Reader Comments (43)

  • hasan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:25PM

    its good but God knows when this dirty war will end.

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  • Ali Zaid
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Thank you sir. May our army chief recognize bravery of Aitizaz as well.

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  • lkhan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:42PM

    Not only this extremely brave young man, Aitzaz Hasan who had his future destroyed, but our brave policemen, each one who has given his life for Pakistan, should have a monument in each name in towns/places of origin, and indeed posthumous medals of honour. Too many good lives lost to a senseless cause while our politicians and judiciary dither. Pakistan ought to make an example of them, at the same time show their empathy towards their loved ones, feeling their loss as the nation’s. They do not deserve less.

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Brave kid

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  • kamran
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:54PM

    Shame on our politicians who still wants dialogue with these terrorist

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:24PM

    ET did not mention that kpk govt also declared Aitizaz as an Hero

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  • Ranjith Kumar
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:29PM

    RIP Aitizaz Hasan. Salute to a true martyr and his father.

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  • Tejaswi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:55PM

    I salute this kid and his father for having shown bravery and courage in fighting with terrorist.

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  • Rabia butt
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:09PM

    award him and reward his family as much as you can.an all-out effort should be made to patronage his family.this would set an excellent precedent for others as well.May Allah accept his sacrifice-Amen

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  • Faraz
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:13PM

    probably one of the most justified recommendation. May Allah bless his soul.

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  • sani
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:19PM

    I salute to this brave kid and want to ask our govt why they are still taking interest in dialogues after assassination of chaudry Aslam?

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  • SK
    Jan 10, 2014 - 2:42PM

    The nation is stunned by the bravery of this young kid. He deserves to be conferred the highest medal awarded for bravery in war because what he did was nothing less than confronting the enemy in the war .

    Those whose lives were saved owe it to this brave young man who laid his life to save them they should join up to form Atezaz Fund to help the bereaved family. I have nothing but admiration for parents who bore such a brave and fearless young man.

    Now we have to wait and see what the callous government does to recognize this exemplary and ultimate sacrifice. I sometime think what our own politicians would have done if faced by a bomb laden suicide vested person. I leave this to readers imagination.

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  • 357
    Jan 10, 2014 - 3:23PM

    I wrote, and then back-spaced several times for I couldn’t find the words befitting enough as tribute. Rest in peace, lad. You have outdone and outshone many men we call leaders today.

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  • TypicalPakistani
    Jan 10, 2014 - 3:27PM

    Where did she get this money from ?

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  • regard
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:00PM

    I beautiful country, a rich cultural, philosophical heritage. Brave people willing to put all on stake in what they believe. Why and how they have been driven away from common sense? On one side a suicide bomber on the other a brave lad, both best of the man kind in courage, will and humility in their own ways. What has gone wrong with Pakistan?

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  • INDIA - CR7
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:06PM

    I’m in tears, a 21gun salute to the brave child …

    hope there is peace and love in south asia..

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  • imran bhatt
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:07PM

    The reason you could not find any condemnation from great and mighty IK because it might hurt the feelings of handlers of suicide bomber. For Atizaz he must have tried to negotiate with the suicide bomber because who knows he might have successful parleys.

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  • Ashraf P
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:16PM

    @TypicalPakistani:
    She runs the Malala Fund which generates millions of dollars each year. But unlike Pakistan, you cannot misuse the funds collected.

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  • Faiz
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:21PM

    Please Malala, do not divide Pakistani opinion any more. Put this money in the mouth of your father. Yes, Aitizaz is a hero and deserves respect and recognition, but not your money. He did not sacrifice his life for money. He has a father who can earn for his family.

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:22PM

    Malala has become rich………..

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  • yousafhaque
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:38PM

    @TypicalPakistani:::How long is it since you are sleeping sir.btw your question is true to your name,indifferent to the world’s current affairs

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  • Awais Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:39PM

    May his soul rest in peace. Malala got rich for no good reason.

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  • rohit950723
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:52PM

    Hasan ,You save several hundred children. Great work…

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  • Jan 10, 2014 - 5:02PM

    Well done Malala

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  • Imran
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:02PM

    In the mess created by Pakistan Army and it maniac generals, it is the civilians who are doing the clean up and making sacrifices. We don’t know what is army doing other than giving plaques to cricketers like Afridi.

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  • Murtaza
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:04PM

    A young boy has taught the government that you do not need All Party Conferences or dialogue to stop this abomination, its courage & resolve that can stop this enemy and mind set.

    Rest in peace Aitizaz

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  • rohit950723
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:21PM

    In Pakistan, Kids look more sensible & brave than their politicians

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  • Junaid
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:53PM

    It didn’t have to be a top new’s ET, don’t why such importance is being given to Malala and that only for 5 Lakh Rs.

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  • Ali
    Jan 10, 2014 - 5:59PM

    Dear Malala,
    Kindly keep your donation money to yourself.

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  • ali
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:02PM

    still a better love story than twilight

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  • Mirza
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:48PM

    Malala being a hero herself recognized and acknowledged the brave example set by young Hassan. The donations and funds that Malala has been receiving are fully audited and transparent by (not Pakistani) by International standards. What could be a better use of these funds than to invest some back in Pakistan on such brave family? Those who are jealous of Malala must not forget she did not arrange to get shot at her head!Recommend

  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:13PM

    Aitzaz bravery is commendable. This is the real jihad. May Allah give his family the strength to bear the loss

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  • Judas Priest
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:41AM

    What a brave kid. Our police and army should learn from this kid. But was it necessary to bring the name of Malala into this?

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  • Ahmed Ali
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:44AM

    @Mirza: She (Malala) could have donated to his family without publicly announcing it. When you publicly announce that you are giving so much money to his family, it sounds more like an advertisement of your charity organization.

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  • Khanji
    Jan 11, 2014 - 1:31AM

    Malala missing the attention, cheap stunt for publicity

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  • Gupshup
    Jan 11, 2014 - 1:31AM

    I am speechless, yet proud at the same time. Children are the future of every nation, and future generations.
    With kids like this we will rise and shine.
    Hats off to Hassan’s parents for the upbringing.
    Inna Lilla he Wa Ina Illhe rajeoon

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  • envy
    Jan 11, 2014 - 9:00AM

    Malala has nothing to do with this child’s bravery. She is not even in Pakistan! What this young boy has done, no police would have the courage to do it. Who can look at a suicide bomber in the eye and have the courage to attack him head on? Only a very selfless person who puts others above himself! What a brave young person Pakistan lost, far braver than any politician!!

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  • sadam
    Jan 11, 2014 - 11:32AM

    He did a lot of pluck

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  • Farhan
    Jan 11, 2014 - 1:27PM

    Well done Malala. And great courageous work Aitzaz, you will be remembered forever inshallah.

    And Malala bashers, please keep your conspiracy theories to yourself.

    You people cannot even reach the fraction of love and recognition that the world has given her. She is the icon of courage and determination against hatred and brutality.

    Malala is not only Pakistan’s hero, she is world’s icon of bravery. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jan 12, 2014 - 10:12AM

    @Ahmed Ali:
    Sir the tax free status of organizations dictate the transparency and openness of funds sources and expenses. Only bribes and suspicious monies change hands quietly. In addition the trustees and donors want to know where their donations are spent. I can assure you that Malala is not going to contest any election in Pakistan to cash out her popularity. She is still a kid and was caught in the attack which she did not plan. Please give the child a break. In fact less than $5000 is too little money for one of the most brave young-man of Pakistan. I can assure you the donations would start pouring in soon.
    Regards,
    M

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 12:56PM

    Very good step taken by Kpk govt finally Aitizaz is our hero.

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  • farhan khan
    Jan 17, 2014 - 12:52AM

    Aitizaz is a real hero and he will be remembered forever in over hearts insha Allah and in future it is expected that malala will become a politician like altaf hussain who is in london and does,nt know the situation of pakistan and gives bad statements about our some good leaders like nawaz sharif and imran khan

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  • farhan khan
    Jan 17, 2014 - 12:56AM

    Good

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