Young defender: Public demands Nishaan-e-Haider for Aitizaz

Published: January 9, 2014
A picture of late Aitizaz Hasan making the rounds on social media.

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

KARACHI: As the news of Aitizaz Hasan – a student who sacrificed his life while trying to prevent a suicide attack on his school – spread, many on social media demanded for bestowing Pakistan’s highest military award Nishaan-e-Haider on the valiant teenager.

Hasan was a student of the Government High School Ibrahimzai in Hangu who stood up to a bomber on January 6 and sacrificed his life to save many others.

A journalist and senior anchor at Capital TV Nasim Zehra on Twitter demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give this prestigious award to our ‘national hero’:

People from across the country also demanded that the government of Pakistan should award Hasan for his bravery and sacrifice:

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chairman Imran Khan also tweeted about the young teenager that his sacrifice will not go in vain:

“I had never thought that my brother would die such a great death. He sacrificed his life to save humanity,” Hassan’s brother Mujtaba had stated in an interview with The Express Tribune on January 8.

The government should announce a civilian award, Tamgha-i-Shujaat or Nishan-e-Haider, for his bravery, Mujtaba had further added.

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  • Ahad
    Jan 9, 2014 - 11:53AM

    Yes Please !!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • MAD
    Jan 9, 2014 - 11:55AM

    Imran Khan has already asked both KP & Federal Govts to announce a suitable award for this young man;s brave act so hopefully atleast KP Govt wuill likely give something soon. lets hope federal govt also makes an appropriate announcement. If not Nishan-e-Haider (Which I believe is restricted to military) than atleast some other high honor can be bestowed on this brave young man.


  • Hawkins
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:09PM



  • Zeeshan Sajid
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:24PM

    A great example of brave and sacrifice. Whole Pakistani Nation demands Prestigious “Nishaan-e-Haider” award in his honour. Real Hero !!


  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:25PM

    RIP brother. You saved a lot of innocent souls. I wonder what JI head has to say on this brave man’s sacrifice? martyr?


  • Jan 9, 2014 - 12:26PM

    Nishaan-e-Haider is military but the Nishaan-e-Shujaat for sure


  • Kiani
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Definitely…May Allah give him jannat ul firdous…


  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:37PM

    God bless you!!!!!!! Salute to your bravery….


  • Moiz Omar
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:50PM

    What a brave lad! Sacrificing his life for others. May he rest in peace.


  • Qasim
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:53PM

    RIP.Proud of this young boy.It tells how people are determined to beat these terrorist …now its time for our government to take some firm stand for its people.


  • riz
    Jan 9, 2014 - 1:02PM

    Deserving for NH


  • Riaz Papin
    Jan 9, 2014 - 1:06PM

    Aitezaz is worth hundreds of the so called self proclaimed saviors of this country, who find it extremely difficult and discomforting to even condemn the Taliban terrorists for the death and destruction on the citizens of Pakistan. Only if our leaders could gather up half of the courage and bravery displayed by Aitezaz Shaheed, we would be able to get rid of this menace. A slap on the face of those who apologize for these beasts and even go on to declare them shaheeds, which further encourage them to cause more destruction and mayhem. Nishan-e-Haider for Aitezaz Shaheed will acknowledge the bravery and courage of hundreds of common people of this country who stand up to the terrorists on daily basis.


  • no name
    Jan 9, 2014 - 1:29PM

    Salute to my shaheed brother… nishan-e-haider is must


  • Zeeshan
    Jan 9, 2014 - 1:40PM

    Nishan-e-Haider is a military medal that can only be posthumously awarded to serving personnel of the Pakistan Armed Forces. The civilian equivalent is Nishan-e-Shujaat.


  • Wali Khan
    Jan 9, 2014 - 1:53PM

    He not just deserve Nishaan-e-Haider but more than that.

    What a gallant boy, He saved 100s of other school mate


  • Jan 9, 2014 - 2:18PM

    Salutes to this guy.


  • Nasir Afridi
    Jan 9, 2014 - 2:31PM

    deserve N.H. we salute your bravery brother


  • AM Baloch
    Jan 9, 2014 - 2:33PM

    i had done a great job to save his fellow and sacrificed his own life but this not the only event there are so many poeples who sacrificed there lives for nation , should govt give everybody Nishane haide ?


  • Shariq
    Jan 9, 2014 - 2:44PM

    Nishan-e-Haidar is military only.
    For him it will be be Nishan-e-Shujaat


  • Nafees N.
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:09PM

    Nishan-e-Haider is a war time award even for the military, Nishan-e-SHujaat is for bravery beyond the call of duty during peace time.


  • Zzzz
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:18PM

    His courage and sacrifice should be recognised as soon as possible. He is among those who are the soul of our country. Its only because of people like him that Pakistan survives.
    I hope media gives his story full coverage – atleast it should be more than Malala.


  • shah
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:18PM

    Nishan e Haider is only for military personnel.
    He can be awarded the highest civil award equivalent to Nishan e Haider.


  • saima
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:23PM

    brave boy he really deserves!


  • Fahim Babar
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:30PM

    Govt should honor the courage shown by this young man to have role model for rest of us. if we fails then no one will do this sort of courageous acts in future. GOD rest his soul in peace and give reward to him.


  • Fareed
    Jan 9, 2014 - 4:07PM

    ET: Why filter out my post?? Truth is hard to digest !!Recommend

    Jan 9, 2014 - 4:46PM

    Salute to the brave boy from India!!
    Rest in Peace


  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 9, 2014 - 4:50PM

    Nation is proud of this son. Nishan e Haider should be awarded to him. He is a good example of a brave son of this Nation


  • Syed Noman Habib
    Jan 9, 2014 - 5:10PM

    I’m a Sunni Muslim and strongly recommend that a student who sacrificed his life while trying to prevent a suicide attack on his school. He saved lives of all other student of his school. Government should immediately honor this student with Nishan-e-Haider or honor with the highest civilian award.


  • naeemhussain
    Jan 9, 2014 - 5:11PM

    He deserves it.


  • Imran Ali
    Jan 9, 2014 - 5:17PM

    I demand Nishan-e-Shujaat for this brave boy.


  • Jibran
    Jan 9, 2014 - 6:04PM

    Why Nishan-e-Haider for military only? Its just a rule, which must be changed to recognize the civilian defenders of the soil. The rule is to go above the board and risk own life for a greater cause, which this son of the soil did.


  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jan 9, 2014 - 6:07PM

    Furthermore one more civilian compliment would be to name newborn boys of this year Aitzaz… remembrance of the weaponless resistance against these Devils.

    I wish I could hug this brave and sympathetic young boy. Thousands of roses for him!


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 9, 2014 - 6:21PM

    This brave boy and SP Ch. Aslam both deserve highest award and it should be no less than Nishan-e-Haider. We are at war and during war there should be no distinction between a soldier and a civilian. We are all one.


  • mindless
    Jan 9, 2014 - 8:01PM

    After reading, hearing this courageous boy story, i have similar feelings of high martyrdom, and patriotism which i had when i my cousin got his martyrdom in Siachen. Proud to be Pakistani, Thanks to this Angel! Please Nishan-e-Haider for this young Haider! Allah Ho Akber!


  • Dr. Khalid
    Jan 9, 2014 - 11:19PM

    Nishan-e-Haider (he was a true lone soldier) and a National holiday (was a national hero).


  • JRR
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:26AM

    Nishan – e – Haider…


  • Ghazal Naqvi
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:28AM

    He deserves a Nishan I Haider . It’s my request !!!!


  • Jan 10, 2014 - 1:28AM

    i just came across this news from a german site who reported about this amazing young men, who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of other lifes. here in europe we often speak about “civil courage” = to take bold and strong actions directly to prevent or help other people who are in need. Aitizaz shows us that there is still hope for pakistan and that the islam has also a brave and bright flame. Aitizas is a flame in the dark of violence. shine bright in heaven.


  • MH
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:37AM

    And then there are souls of Pakistan that humble even the worst of us. RIP, Aitzaz. You were too young to leave, but by God, greater than most of us. I salute you.


  • Val
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:44AM

    I can never imagine anything greater than this sacrifice of this young handsome man. The lost of this young hero must be horrendous for his loved ones.


  • Sven
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:04AM

    I will pray for Aitizaz and light a candle for this brave boy.
    I’m very impressed because of his courage and selflessness.
    Rest in Peace, Aitizaz, and all the best for his family.


  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 4:56AM

    Allah bless our son who has fallen for his country and received Shahadat. Our enemies, internal and external, should know the pride and honor we Pakistanis have in defending our people against all, even until death.

    Your name will not be forgotten, we will remember all the martyrs who fell to defend this great nation.


  • Morons
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:46AM

    The nation is desperate for a hero !!!


  • Mirza
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:57AM

    Nishaan-e-Haider must be given to shaheed Aitizaz. It is for military men who give their lives to protect the lives of civilians and the country. This little soldier had taught all our commandos how to defend the country and look into the eyes when there is a real danger and not run away. He is at the same level as brave Malala is.


  • Murthy
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:32PM

    As an Indian, I feel the young man’s sacrifice should be remembered, may be with a memorial, or a public trust in his name to promote the need to understand the preciousness of human life. Just like the west has glorified Malaala, who represents a young girl’s courage to stand up for girls’ education in her country, Hasan represents an equally supreme value of human life.


  • sssshhhhhhh
    Jan 10, 2014 - 12:47PM

    he is a teenage hero of the year 2014. real brave act of heroism .. His sacrifice is inspiration for all Pakistanis


  • Jan 11, 2014 - 11:38AM

    Nishan-e-Haider is the only recognition he deserves. SHAHEED Aitzaz Hasan is an intrepid, unselfish, brave boy who gave his life so that others may live OR is the Nishan-e-Haider only meant for the military??? Salams


  • Amir
    Jan 11, 2014 - 3:46PM

    Shows the education level. Nishan e Haider is a military award. So can not be given to civilian.

    However highest award should be given to Aitizaz.

    We need more brave souls who care about others then to fill their own pockets…use government machinery for self gratification.Recommend

  • Khalid Husain
    Jan 12, 2014 - 5:15AM

    Let us do the following.

    Start donating to his cause, I pledge 100’000 Ruppees to start.

    Let us am mend the constitution to give him Nishane Haider.
    ( one Nishane Haider is in our family)

    Let us promise NEVER TO forget him.

    All students of that school should start a movement and parents of

    Those school children should start that.

    Please come with other ideas.



  • ahsan
    Jan 13, 2014 - 9:15PM

    ungrateful and shameful of those arguing against Nishan e Haider for this young shaheed, one pretext or the other. He must be awarded Nishan e Haider if we are a grateful nation towards our heroes.Recommend

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