Aitzaz Hasan was just another normal Pakistani teenager until last Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber foiling his plan to attack his school in the Hangu area. Unfortunately, the bomber detonated his vest killing both himself and Hasan.
Reports say that on Monday in Ibrahimzai, Aitzaz spotted the bomber and decided to confront him ignoring pleas from his friends to stay away. His cousin, Mudassar Hassan Bangish, told BBC, “The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this…destruction.”
He described how Aitzaz was intent on stopping the man, “So he told them ‘I’m going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends’. He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]. Meanwhile the suicide bomber blasted himself which resulted in the death of my cousin.”
There was said to be around 2,000 students at Aitzaz’s school at the time of the attack.
People have been calling for him to receive the army’s highest honor though it’s not clear if he’s eligible to receive it as a civilian.
Aitzaz’s father also poignantly added, “My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”