Bomb hero Aitizaz Hasan honoured with bravery award

Published: January 11, 2014
Members of the Pakistani army ceremonial guard place a wreath of flowers on the grave of student Aitzaz Hassan in Hangu. PHOTO: AFP

Members of the Pakistani army ceremonial guard place a wreath of flowers on the grave of student Aitzaz Hassan in Hangu. PHOTO: AFP

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?

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Reader Comments (22)

  • imran bhatt
    Jan 11, 2014 - 11:26PM

    Don not assume that PTI walas are not lugubrious, in fact they are mourning the death of suicide bomber and missed to take part in this honouring ceremony as they were attending the gaibana namazay janaza of suicide bomber.


  • jg
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:10AM

    Any defence by pti supporters.atleast the people of hangu should know who is with taliban now.


  • Jan 12, 2014 - 12:21AM

    Rest in peace brave man.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:24AM

    *Chakkay laganay walay woh leader kahan gaye?
    Lafzon se kheltay woh Sikandar kahan gaye?

    Golden Words Indeed..
    Salute to Aitazaz, Salute to our Pakhtoon brothers


  • rkfrom ny
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:29AM

    ..soon his family will be invited to some award ceremony in some western country and they will disappear never to return…..they might demand a nobel peace prize like taht other kid that has never set foot in her land again..


  • Zoaib
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:33AM

    For your information ET, KP was the first to recognize Aitezaz’s bravery, when even the media hadn’t noticed. Imran Khan also condemned the same on his twitter account. Funny how such FACTS don’t get published.

    “KP govt declares little Aitazaz ‘great hero’ for foiling suicide attack”


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:40AM

    I don’t know why they involve Malala in every act of bravery. Recommend

  • Takloo
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:49AM

    the poem is good if u deduct the IK and Malala part…they both are also our heroes…IK is a living legend while Malala is a proud of Pakistan…Aitzaz sacrificed his life to send us a very strong messege of fight against terrorism..and poet is still trying to divide the nation between right and wrong for IK, Malala and Aitzaz…its not justified


  • Bablu
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:51AM

    Jaago Pakistan Jaagooo


  • pro bono publico
    Jan 12, 2014 - 12:56AM

    ET is great! A new genre in journalism! Abuse Imran and become an ET Hero …


  • Jan 12, 2014 - 1:22AM

    Why is the need felt to berate the rest of the country while praising someone – and what is with the so-called admirers of Malala – is the poet insinuating that Malala is not as good as this boy is? why do you feel the need to downgrade someone while admiring someone else?


  • Pakistani
    Jan 12, 2014 - 1:24AM

    I don’t see any comment from any PTI supporter :P coz this poetry is written and read by a local….. @imran don’t u feel ashamed ???? Recommend

  • Wsd
    Jan 12, 2014 - 1:46AM

    Imran is traveling abroad but PTI govt. and representatives in KPK must show up. Site zeal is a true hero. I am sure PTI govt had already decided to bestow honor on him but then haters will say why now? We like to live in a divided society and do not spare any chance to highlight our dark and stark differences just score points against each other.


  • Zif
    Jan 12, 2014 - 3:03AM

    They are thinking of filing a case against Aitazaz for the death of suicide bomber or how about a case of “kaar sarkar main madakhalat”?


  • waqas
    Jan 12, 2014 - 3:32AM

    Seriously people dont forget to play politics on occasions like this also is army general went there or prime minister or president but hitting out IK et old habit
    u urself posted imran khan tweets abt that brave boy and requested federal govt to gave that boy medal of bravery others even not himself appreciate that guy


  • Ahmed
    Jan 12, 2014 - 4:11AM

    for your info imran bhatt KPK govt declared Aitzaz Hasan A Great Hero on Thursday 9th Jan 2014


  • xor
    Jan 12, 2014 - 5:45AM

    Seems like some people suffering from short and long term memory loss. Its IK who visited the sit-in did for hazara victims, IK visited family of victims of Babuser massacre. He was the first politician who met Malala when she was shot. He is always the voice of justice.


  • jg
    Jan 12, 2014 - 6:12AM

    @rkfrom ny:
    Pathetic and sick Mind that plagues our generation today.


  • Ahmed
    Jan 12, 2014 - 7:11AM

    @pro bono publico:
    When your dear leader justifies every attack on our men, women and children in the name of retaliation against drone attacks, does not openly condemn the Taliban for killing our people than sorry to burst your bubble, every non-delusional Pakistani will be against the dear leader.

    Giving award is not the answer, we want your leader and your party to condemn the Taliban openly and stop apologizing on their behalf in the name of drone attack.


  • malik
    Jan 12, 2014 - 9:56AM

    The poet has pointed out IK but he forgets every political party, repeat every political party, backs talks with Taliban or whoever they are.


  • amir khan
    Jan 12, 2014 - 9:04PM

    I Salute you for your Bravery and Sacrifice to the Nation, you are an inspiration to lot of youngsters, May your soul Rest in peace.


  • waseem
    Jan 12, 2014 - 10:06PM

    @pro bono publico:
    2 reason this goes back to Imran, whenever something like this happen:
    1- He is directly running the province, and there is no will to fight the extremism
    2- Despite of studying from Oxford, he is mentally stuck in 13th century tribalism


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