Pakistani boy who died trying to stop suicide bomber is hailed as hero

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A 15-year-old who died while tried to defend his school in Pakistan's troubled north-west from a suicide bomber has been hailed as a hero for saving the lives of many of his classmates.

Aitizaz Hasan tackled the bomber as he stood outside as a punishment for being late to school in Hangu, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Monday.

His two companions fled the scene after spotting the bomb being carried by the man, who was trying to gain access to the school, but Aitizaz grabbed the bomber.

Unable to stop him from detonating his bomb, Aitizaz later died of his wounds in hospital.

Hangu has a large community of Shias, an Islamic sect which many militant groups regard as heretics who should convert to the majority Sunni faith or be killed.

Aitizaz's actions are thought to have saved the lives of many of the 2,000 students who were believed to be in the building at the time.

Written By: Jon Boone
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  1. From the article:

    “We live in a land where a young child had to give his life fighting a scourge that our own leaders bend over backwards in an attempt to appease,” wrote Zarrar Khuhro, a journalist for Dawn newspaper.

    Hear, hear!

  2. Another child killed because a group of assholes who believe in God in one way don’t like another group who believe in God in another, slightly different way. Well done, religious leaders of the world. Make the species proud. Poor kid. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Education is the only thing that will rid us of the scourge of religion, that’s why so many powerful people are against it.

    • In reply to #8 by Tintern:

      Education is the only thing that will rid us of the scourge of religion

      Agreed but in a larger sense, education is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. All this rich, beautiful knowledge and wisdom is widely available to those who seek it but very few people actually bother to learn anything more than the bare minimum they need in order to earn a living. Most people are either uninterested in or distrustful of true knowledge.

      Worse yet, people are easily seduced by the lure of magical thinking and pseudo-science. It’s an uphill battle and a very steep one at that.

      • In reply to #11 by NearlyNakedApe:

        In reply to #8 by Tintern:

        Education is the only thing that will rid us of the scourge of religion

        Agreed but in a larger sense, education is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. All this rich, beautiful knowledge and wisdom is widely available to those who seek it but very few peopl…

        Very true. Man, but it’s a tough wait, hoping to see things swing around for the better.

    • In reply to #9 by michael.speir.9:

      I’m guessing he must have been a Christian Pakistani. I mean, only a Christian would exhibit that kind of self-sacrifice, right?

      Obviously. An atheist child would have used his greater intelligence to gain the confidence of the suicide bomber and bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion resulting in no loss of life, a Christian child would have done what he did here and sacrificed himself to save his classmates, and a Muslim child would have joined forces with the fellow in the suicide vest and aided in killing his friends and classmates.

      The Scorpion and the Frog.

      • What a terrible tragedy this is. That bomber, for a stupid fantasy, threw away his own life, and now that poor boy is gone for ever, robbed of decades. I can only be grateful that he at least saved all the lives of his classmates, and hope that people come together to comfort his parents. But damn that anyone had to die at all! >:-(

        In reply to #12 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #9 by michael.speir.9:

        I’m guessing he must have been a Christian Pakistani. I mean, only a Christian would exhibit that kind of self-sacrifice, right?

        Obviously. An atheist child would have used his greater intelligence to gain the confidence of the suicide bomber and bring the situa…

        The lesson being not to judge others by simple and essentialist stereotypes, especially crude and defamatory ones.

  3. Sorry for sounding cynical, but there is no award that will bring young Aitizaz back to life. All it does is give comfort to his family and allow them to ride his coat tails. What he did was a supreme act of bravery!

    More appropriate would be a scholarship fund in the boys name, or building another school in the district bearing his name giving further access to education. jcw

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