ISLAMABAD: As Aitizaz Hasan a teenager who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber, saving the lives of hundreds of students, has been honoured with the country’s highest award for bravery.
An official from the PM house told AFP on Saturday that Hasan’s family is expected to receive the posthumous award on March 23, Pakistan’s national day following the president’s ceremonial approval.
“Shaheed Aitzaz’s brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism,” read a statement issued by the PM house late Friday.
Pakistan army soldiers presented the guard of honour at the grave on Saturday, while hundreds of students were seen praying for Hassan in the morning school assembly.
“We are proud of him, he saved our lives, we will remember him forever,” a student from Hangu told reporters.
Ode to Aitizaz questions where Imran Khan’s ‘thekedaars’ are hiding
As legislators in the K-P Assembly shied away from lauding the hero, an admirer of young Aitizaz Hasan read out a poem asking what the so called loyalists of the nation were hiding behind now.
Below is an Urdu transcription together with an English translation of the poem:
“Dhoonda jab shahaadat ne, Aitizaz mil gaya,
Choti si umar mein bara aizaaz mil gaya.
Martyrdom found its way to Aitizaz,
A colossal honour bestowed at a tender age,
Ek mard-e-mujahid khud ko qurbaan ker gaya,
Shaheed ho ke qaum per ihsaan ker gaya,
A soldier’s sacrifice for his people,
A martyr’s unparalleled service to his nation,
Mita diya zaalim ko faqatt ek waar se,
Thori si umar mein bara ai’laan ker gaya,
He erased evil with a single act,
An immense victory for a mere youth,
Shaheed Aitizaz ke gham-khwaar na aye,
Imran Khan ke woh thekedaar na aye,
Those who claimed to be with him never arrived,
The companions of Imran Khan never arrived,
Chakkay laganay walay woh leader kahan gaye?
Lafzon se kheltay woh Sikandar kahan gaye?
I say, where are those known for their heroic sixes?
I ask, where are those known to roar like lions?
Malala ke gham-khwaar naamwar kahan gaye?
TV peh aanay walay mu’tabir kahan gaye?”
The so-called admirers of Malala, where are they?
Where are the talking heads always there on TV?