HANGU: Perhaps the only way a parent can deal with the loss of a child is to believe that it was for a cause. This is how Aitizaz Hasan’s parents console themselves: reminding each other, their family and friends that their child is a martyr and he died saving hundreds of lives.
Aitizaz reached school late on Monday morning and was not allowed to attend the morning assembly as punishment. He was standing outside the gate with two other schoolmates when a man aged 20-25 years approached the Government High School Ibrahimzai in Hangu and said he was there to take admission, said Aitizaz’s elder brother, Mujtaba.
It was during this conversation that one of the students spotted a detonator and Aitizaz’s schoolmates ran inside. But Aitizaz stood his ground and got hold of the bomber who then detonated his vest.
“I had never thought that my brother would die such a great death. He sacrificed his life to save humanity,” Mujtaba said in an interview with The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
The school is the only one in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated area in Hangu. There were nearly 2,000 students in the school at the time the attack occurred. Later in the day, the bombing, which was the first suicide attack at a school, was claimed by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Aitizaz was the second of his siblings and had two sisters. He was a friend to many, respected and loved in his village, where the news of his death spread rapidly.
His father Mujahid Ali works in the UAE. He says he has not come back home to mourn his son’s death, but to celebrate his life. “My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
“I am ready to sacrifice my second son for Pakistan as well,” Ali added. “There are a handful of people in the world who are martyrs; I am now one of those proud fathers whose son is amongst them.”
The government should announce a civilian award, Tamgha-i-Shujaat or Nishan-e-Haider, for his bravery, Mujtaba added.
Government officials had not visited the family until Wednesday night and neither had officials made their typical announcements of ‘compensation’.
Teachers and students say they are still in shock. The principal of the school, Lal Baz, said he is at a loss for words to express Aitizaz’s bravery. “The attack targeted education and I am surprised neither the federal nor the provincial government functionary has visited the family. Their silence is condemnable.”
A student, Atif Hussain, said the vacuum left by his death may never be filled. “Aitizaz died for education and no one can snatch this right from us.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2014.
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The most precious angel! I pray his shining courage shames all terrorists into renouncing evil! My heart goes out to his parents, and pray that shared grief is, indeed, lessened. We are all diminished by this precious boy's passing, but we are all uplifted by his actions and example! May his memory prove a blessing!
Does anyone know if there is a fund for the family? What a brave boy!!!
Is the nation sad enough to Celebrate this brave young man?
A great lesson and a great victory! Many people try to be great keeping their good life and wealth, but this boy overcame evil by dying. Thank you Islam! You taught us (Christians) a lesson which we are forgetting, that the only way to overcome is to give our life for others. The only object of comparison I find with this boy is Jesus Christ, who overcame sin by dying. Strange conclusion... But those who give their life in the battle are the winners. When is the World going to learn the lesson?
But poor politicans of this country still rank this Brave kid lower than Malala... Shame on us
When will Pakistanis realize that they are running out of good people?
Its a pity that Pakistanis have to 'appreciate the sacrifice' of a 15-year old, when he should not have been in the situation in the first place. Lost in the appreciation of the bravery of this child, is any discussion of a scenario wherein the bomber had his way. Imagine the havoc, created by detonating a bomb in the midst of 2000 children. Let the valour of this child not overshadow the grim prospect that can happen anytime again.
@Raghav Gakhar..Thank you very much Raghav for your appreciation. Indeed, we need more people like Aitizaz to crush these cowards.
Nobody in world can beat us if we have soldiers like him in our nation..... proud of you my Hero... I wish i can do something like him in my life ♥
with all my condolences, I heard about the sad incidence and cried for Aitizaz Hasan. My name is Aryobarzan and I study in the second grade of an elementary school. His mother will see him in the sky.
Not only people of Pakistan but people around the world stand beside you. Comments from father of the brave son is commendable. You truly saved hundreds of mother crying for their own children but I am sure thousands of father's, mother, brothers & sisters will have tears in their eyes for you. May Allah bless your soul in peace.
Such a wonderfully brave young man to save so many. I pray his mother doesn't cry for long over his absence, but finds peace in knowing she help to create a man that would save so many. He was raised right. His parents should both be proud. If the world were filled with such young men, evil would not find a heart to dwell in.
I read this story re-posted on the BBC website. All I can say is that he was a truly amazing and brave young man. His family and community should be proud of his sacrifice and I hope he is recognized by the government for this.
Aitzaz Hasan, rest-in-peace.
This young man is a true hero and inspiration. His family, while terribly sad, should take pride in what he did, and must know that his actions inspire the world far more than the futility that the terrorists hoped to achieve. Pakistan's children inspire us! First Malala stood up to evil and triumphed. Now Aitizaz has made the ultimate sacrifice, but in doing so, told the world a story about the courage of his people - which contrasts like the shining sun against the dark cloud of cowardly terrorism. May Allah the Most Merciful take Aitizaz into Paradise by the hand and bless him.
Pakistan has a bright future if we have such kids amongs us. Malala and Itezaz. Bravo to your spirits.
This boy was a true representative of what humanity should be. To all the people who have posted here recognizing his bravery and selfless act of sacrifice, good for you to recognize such a noble act. I am not of any Islamic faith, but I believe Allah will take care of this one and his family. To those who believe the actions of the bomber were justified, and to any who think killing others in the name of religion is right, see for yourselves what a true martyr is. I hope that the people of Pakistan and the government there provide him the respect that his character and actions deserve.
Best wishes and peace to all in Pakistan from Canada.
I will place his name on every paper I write. Every story I tell. Every poem I sing. HIs family gives honor to the world. What love of community these good people show. They are proud of their son's love for what is right. He shows the love of God to the world.
A brave young man, above and beyond. Such a tragedy that he had to die for his bravery, and such a waste that anyone should have to die that day at all. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi should feel nothing but shame in that their actions robbed the world of one such as Aitizaz Hasan.
Is there a fund set up for him and his family?
He showed if girl student like Mala can do what she did, this is how young boys of the nation can do when the moment arise. He showed the nation how to stand on the face of such coward barbarians. Need to see how the authorities responds to a selfless heroic act. Words just can't do enough in appreciation of his scarifies.
An incredlbly selfless act from Aitizaz Hasan, he stood to gain nothing but respect. My sympathies go out to the family of this young man, they must be very proud of him.
He is not just brave but I admire his conviction to stand his ground and fight the terrorist. Every political and religious party should place his portrait on their podium in any of their jalsas and also praise his bravery and the noble cause for which he sacrificed his life. Will Imran Khan do it or will he talk about Gaznavi's conquests only?
Aitizaz is a true hero.
I believe if it was Malala or someone that may highlight the agenda of west, then Aitzaz would have received celebrity status. Since he died for a cause who cares...
Great child and great parents.The deceased should be honoured and family compensated.
You are truly an inspiration and hope your bravery and courage is not forgotten... bless you ':(
Hope this young hero gets the highest honour possible, rest in peace young man you saved the lives of many.
It's a shame that such a brave boy had to die to prevent a tragedy, those that carry out attacks such as this should be ashamed of themselves. They aren't heroes to anyone, they're murderers.
Aitizaz is a true hero, giving his life for his friends.
From England, giving my respects to such a brave teenager and yet wishing that such bravery wasn't needed
Aitizaz is not only a hero to the Pakistan people but to the whole world. His action is really touching......lets not mourn, lets reflect and celebrate his deed to the humanity.
Our hope remains as long as Aitizaz's spirit is alive. Martyrs never die.
I´m a secular person - so not religious at all. However, the bravery, selflessness and humanity of this child is extraordinary. It´s a lesson for us all. We may not be perfect people, or strong, we may even show up to school late and have to stay outside, but we all have the power to make a difference. Make the world a better place. My thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.
@Sarmad Hassan: What? Why? Both of them were just as brave. It's not Malala's fault she didn't die and end up being a martyr. Each child made a great sacrifice.
I am grateful, O brave one, from depths of my heart, for saving so many of my fellow humans. You will live in my memories for rest of my life.
A brave boy. And a true hero. May he rest in peace.
if every person is like him in Pakistan pakistan will finish all terrorism .. respect from India who the brave student .. may your legacy multiplies in Pakistan .. .
May Allah give peace to his family members. It is strange that this story didn't catch attention of many big news channels / newspapers in Pakistan. I saw it on BBC website which also had the link to the article on Tribune. It was a very brave act and it should be given due acknowledgement. It won't bring him back or allay the pain of his family but it will send the right message to the shameless takfiri terrorists.
The unsung hero of our age. Boys like him will ever be remember in history. Prayers and solace for his loved ones. May he become a star in skys. Amin.
Whoever speaks and stands in the way of oppression and injustice is praise worthy may it be Aitizaz, Malala or many of our soldiers and unknown heroes. This boy sacrificed his life not because he wanted any award or money, he did it because he thought its wrong to kill people and it is unjust. In order to honor his bravery we should stand united against this menace and act against these elements. Lets carry forward his message that we shall do whatever it takes, this boy did whatever he could, he gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life. I Salute you Sir. Lets stand up and be counted.
Subhanallah, Such a lucky Parents who will always be proud to say that their Son saved many other parents from crying"Wato Izzo Mantasha" "Wato Zillo Mantasha" "Allah Jesey Chahe Izzat De" "Allah Jesey Chahe Zillat De Surah Al-Imran Ayat No 26
Salute..... @ the Government.... No need now for any medals / recognition for Aitizaz... He is way too above from your standards and we are way too below from his standards.
“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.” What a fantastic tribute to his son. Brave young man. May your God welcome you to his kingdom.
Rest in Peace ! long live those who lives for others ! inshaALLAH Pakistan will always zindabad ! :)
@Haseeb: Stop being jealous of Malala. We can be proud of every brave. There are many recipients of Nishan-e-Haider. We love all of them.
Great sacrifices come from great people and only great leaders can recognise the importance of appreciating the sheer bravery of the martyr, its family and the whole community. May Allah help us in eliminating the worst form of terrorism in Pakistan.
Very brave boy and a courageous, selfless act.
I hope his sacrifice isn't in vain - people, government and military of Pakistan should take a stand against terror everywhere - hopefully more such sacrifices wouldn't be required then.
I wish all those peace and bravery awards go to him too that were awarded to Malala. He in fact deserves more.
I have nothing against the little girl but by all means this guy deserves more credit and fame than Malala got. No matter from what moral angle you see it, he deserves more fame and his family deserves more money and help. Unfortunately thats not how world or media work.
Salute, rest in peace, what a great sacrifice.
Before any national award he deserve the praise and respect of all people of Pakistan. He deserve to be celebrated as the one who stood his ground against the terrorism. Who doesn't believe in conspiracy theories but has a firm, unshaken belief in humanity and who value the life. The one who calculated the loss of his inaction in jiffy and acted. I salute his teachers and his parents who instill the high moral values in Atizaz shaheed. If my fellow citizens can acknowledge his sacrifice that would be the best award for him. This acknowledgement will save us from international embarrassment, loads of APC's and national confusion.
God bless him and his family ............ a brave soul
Kudos to young boy............ indeed he will dwell in Jannah Ameen
My salute to Aitzaaz for his bravery.. May GOD bless him with highest ranks. Amen!!
The brave boy must be given highest award of the country.
May his soul rest in peace , and shame on the terrorists!
May Allah grant you Janat for your bravery. It was you who was the real warrior not the cowards that kill the innocent.
Government only cares if it is the son of a politician or great personality.