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Pakistan Teen Awarded For Stopping Bomber

Eric Parra |
January 11, 2014 | 8:29 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

A picture of Aitizaz Hasan that has been getting attention in social media (huffington post/twitter)
A picture of Aitizaz Hasan that has been getting attention in social media (huffington post/twitter)
Aitizaz Hasan is a name that is being recognized by many in Pakistan, specifically the students of Hangu and activist Malala Yousufzaj.

The teen, Hasan, lost his life in an attempt at saving his school from a suicide bomber attack that would have killed over 2,000. Malala, who was attacked by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) gunmen in Swat in 2012 for her vocal opposition of the militant group, has announced that she will give a donation of Rs0.5 million (roughly $8000) to Aitizaz Hasan’s family.  

“I feel saddened that violence took another child’s life in my country; I feel proud that I belong to a country where many brave and courageous people like Aitizaz Hasan are born,” Malala said. “Sacrificing his own life, Hasan saved hundreds of innocent young students from getting killed; I feel proud of his pious and courageous act. I wish his sacrifice brings peace to my people and my country.”

Hasan was awarded the highest civilian honor in Pakistan, the Sitara-e Shujaat, or his bravery and sacrifice. 

SEE ALSO: Malala's Book Banned In Pakistani Private Schools

In interviews, Hasan’s father has not spoken of his sadness but of how proud he is of his son.  "Many people are coming to see me but if they try to express sympathy, I tell them to congratulate me instead on becoming the father of a martyr. I will be even more than happy if my second son also sacrifices his life for the country.”

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