Pakistan Gives Teen Bravery Award

A teenager in Pakistan, who sacrificed his life by stopping a suicide bomber and in turn saved hundreds of students, was honored with the highest award in the country for bravery.

The student, Aitzaz Hassan, who was just 15, is now a national hero after he tackled the bomber who arrived at the school on Monday with hundreds in school at the time.

Hassan died at the hospital after the bomber set off the bombs at the gates of the school. No other people were wounded or killed by the explosion.

The office of Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan said it advised Mamnoon Hussain the President to approve the Sitara-e-Shujjat or star of bravery to the student.

The brave act, said a statement on Friday, saved hundreds of lives of students and teachers and showed an example of patriotism and gallantry.

The award is expected to be awarded to Hassan’s family posthumously on March 23, Pakistan’s national day.

Hassan’s act caused a huge outpouring of tributes to the fallen hero on social media sites.

Pakistani television, social media and newspapers demanded that Hassan be recognized for his bravery, called the teen a hero and demanded he receive the highest award offered by the country.

On Saturday, a private channel on television in Pakistan broadcast footage from the village where Hassan grew up. The footage showed people laying wreaths on Hassan’s grave and hailing him as their hero.

Army soldiers were shown on the footage presenting the honor guard at Hassan’s gravesite, while at a school assembly hundreds of students prayed.

Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani student who survived a gun blast to the head by the Taliban, paid tribute to Hassan Friday describing him as courageous and brave.

Officials said that Aitzaz had intercepted the suicide bomber just 500 feet from the school’s main gate. The school has more than 1,000 students that attend classes.

The problems with violence throughout Pakistan are beginning to seep into schools and take the lives of innocent youngsters.

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