Peshawar school attack: Eleven bullets for one 13-year-old

Published: January 11, 2015
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Uzair Ali. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Uzair Ali. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: Eighth-grader Uzair Ali was shot 11 times – such was the brutality of the terrorists who attacked Army Public School (APS) on December 16 and killed schoolchildren and teachers with heartless premeditation. And such was the scale of brutality, when Uzair’s aged grandfather searched for his beloved grandchild, the hospital handed him the wrong coffin; there were just so many dead children in one place.

“Uzair was my first child and was adored by the entire family. He was just thirteen-and-a-half and there were 11 bullets in his small body,” his father Ahmad Ali tells The Express Tribune.

According to Ahmad who is an electrician and lives in Mohalla Syed Wali in Nasir Khan Chowk, Uzair had been enrolled at APS since playschool.

Ahmad was in Lahore when he saw on the news that APS had been attacked. “I called my brother and father and told them to go the school because several children from our family studied there,” he said.

Ahmad’s wife had already left for the school and following his phone call, his father rushed to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). “The poor man kept crying with all the other people there and mistook every student for his grandson,” said Ahmad. “He kept asking ‘where is Uzair Ali?’.”

Uzair’s grandfather was so distraught that when the hospital’s administration handed him the coffin of another student named Uzair, he was unable to look at the child’s face and brought the body home.

When Uzair’s mother learnt he had been found she rushed home, but the boy lying in the coffin was not her Uzair, said Ahmad.

He added the body was returned to LRH and another search was initiated for Uzair with the hope that he might have made it out of the school alive.

However, the family was not so fortunate and when the army’s operation ended in the school, Uzair Ali was found among the dead.

“He wanted to be an army officer from a young age and we were certain he would be recruited,” said Ahmad who has two children left now; 11-year-old Malaika and seven-year-old Jalal Ibrahim.

The bereaved father said Uzair was a house captain and like all parents he had high hopes for him but those dreams were quashed that ill-fated day.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • hassan
    Jan 11, 2015 - 1:32AM

    First born ….. My heart is shattered ….May Allah give his family strength.

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  • syed
    Jan 11, 2015 - 10:39AM

    ahh, so much painful indeed…

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  • raider
    Jan 11, 2015 - 12:32PM

    brutality climaxed

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  • Rabia
    Jan 11, 2015 - 1:26PM

    ahhh…speechless

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  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Jan 11, 2015 - 3:47PM

    Tells a lot about the cowardice of those barbarians. They were so scared of even a 13 yr old boy that they pumped 11 bullets into him just to make sure Uzair doesn’t survive. I don’t think it’s possible but may Allah grant this boy’s family the patience to recover from this loss. There souls must be scarred forever now.

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  • Rabia Javed
    Jan 11, 2015 - 5:47PM

    I feel extremely hurt after reading such news, I can’t even imagine what their families must be going through. Their pain cannot be measured.

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  • jamil
    Jan 11, 2015 - 6:01PM

    Unbelievable. Shocked. Painful.Recommend

  • Murali
    Jan 11, 2015 - 6:50PM

    This is horrible to anyone. please save the children.

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  • Azhar
    Jan 11, 2015 - 8:22PM

    Aaaaah how painful to read this

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  • zara
    Jan 11, 2015 - 10:48PM

    And sad part is our government is still saying it wont go after all terrorist groups.
    Very heart wrenching. When you run out of condolence words

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  • S
    Jan 11, 2015 - 11:28PM

    Was it necessary to publish this heart wrenching story?

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  • amtul khan
    Jan 11, 2015 - 11:31PM

    Ahh…h so sad just thinking about his family

    May Allah grant them Patience and comfort

    May Allah enable all terrorists to stop their inhuman activities

    Aameen

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  • Bahlol Dana
    Jan 12, 2015 - 3:46AM

    Pakistani nation tell me something, why havent you risen up in arms after this massacare? It seems you people have no soul have no conscience, and are letting life pass you buy, no matter what happens. Life goes on for you people. Look at Iraq, and Syria, look how people have risen to fight the terrorists and Allah(swt) is giving them victory. Yez protests and vigil help so much, but you are in a fight with those monsters who have no soul, or heart. Their only mission is to kill or be killed. You people keep up with this attitude and soon these monsters will rule on you like Shaitan!!!:

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  • Karachi_wali
    Jan 12, 2015 - 7:24AM

    May Allah give strength to those who suffered that pain. We are the sleeping nation we need such reminders.

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  • doniya
    Jan 12, 2015 - 11:30PM

    this makes me cry :( RIP little angel

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  • Shakeel Ahmad
    Jan 14, 2015 - 1:38AM

    Sadly our govt is too weak to do anything or even admit to who these terrorists are. Thank you Pak Army for being the last hope…

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  • Nusrat
    Jan 14, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Allah gharat karey zalimoun ko! May Allah give Sabr and strength to the heartbroken parents and family members and may Allah Al Qahhar obliterate the savages who planned and carried out the horrific act.

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