Aitizaz Hasan to be honoured with Sitara-e-Shujaat

Pakistani civil society and others had called for awarding the brave boy with a civilian award.

Web Desk January 10, 2014
Mujahid Ali (R) and Mujtaba Hasan, the father and brother respectively of Aitizaz Hasan, pose for the camera with framed pictures of Hassan at their residence in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, January 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved bestowing of Sitara-e-Shujaat -- a high civilian award for bravery -- upon Aitizaz Hasan, Express News reported on Friday. The recommendation will go to President Mamnoon Hussain for approval.

Hasan – a student from Hangu – tackled a suicide 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.

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.

Earlier today, teenage activist Malala Yousufzai announced she would give Rs0.5 million to Aitizaz Hasan’s family and called on the government to bestow the highest civilian award on him.

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Staminsh | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The act of Aitzaz was beyond doubt bravery and selflessness. Same is being done by our soldiers every day in Swat and FATA. Most of them are unsung heroes that no one knows of.

ahsan | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

shame on all those trying to find lame excuses to deny Nishan e Haider for this young shaheed for not being a military guy. Indeed ungrateful people.

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