Pakistan honors youth who died saving students

A Pakistani schoolboy who sacrificed his own life to save schoolmates by stopping a suicide bomber will have his school and a stadium named after him

Pakistan honors youth who died saving students

World Bulletin/News Desk

Pakistani authorities have named a school and stadium after a schoolboy who scarified his life to stop a bomber in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Aitezaz Hassan, a 15-year-old, from the mainly Shia Ibrahimzai village in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province became a national hero after intercepting the bomber before he was able to enter Hassan's school last week.

The teen died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up some 150 metres (490 feet) from the main gate of the school of 1,000 students, though no one else was wounded or killed in the incident.

"We have decided to name Aitzaz Hassan's school after him. We will also construct a sports stadium in Hangu and will name it after Hassan," media outlets quoted Amjad Afridi, a senior adviser to the provincial government as saying on Monday.

Afridi, who along with another senior official went to pay their personal respects to the family of Hassan, added the provincial government would also donate five million rupees (US$47,000) to the bereaved parents.

Hassan's act of bravery, which prevented the bomber from striking the morning school assembly, has received an outpouring of tributes from across Pakistan.

Newspapers, TV channels and blogs have demanded that he be commemorated.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 13:13