Life of a Brave Hero
Aitzaz Hassan Bangash was born in 1998 in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who died on January 6, 2014, when he stopped a suicide bomber entering the school of 2,000 students in Hangu village. He was a Pashtun schoolboy of class 9th in the Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Aitzaz’s move to save his classmates engulfed Pakistan’s hearts, and he was hailed as a martyr and a national hero. For his part, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office advised President Mamnoon Hussain to give Aitzaz Hassan the highest civilian award of the Star Shujaat (Star of Bravery). He was named the Herald Person of the Year for 2014.
Aitzaz Hassan’s father is Mujahid Ali, who was in the UAE at the time of the attack. It was important for the men in this poor region to travel abroad, including the Gulf region, to provide for their families. Aitzaz Hassan was a ninth-grade student at Ibrahimzai High School. Hassan’s cousin Mudassar Bangash described him as a successful student who excelled in extracurricular activities.
In the area where Aitzaz Hassan lived, many Shia Muslims live, one of whom was killed by the Taliban. He was known for openly criticizing young armed radical Sunni groups.
Shahadat of a Hero
On January 6, 2014, Aitzaz, along with two other schoolmates, was outside the school gate of Ibrahim Zai, a government high school in Hangu. Aitzaz was not allowed to attend the assembly this morning because of the rigors. Reportedly, a 20- to 25-year-old man approached the gate at the time and said he had “entered”. A student spotted a detonator on the man’s vest, after which Aitzaz’s class fled inside when Aitzaz encountered a suicide bomber who detonated his vest.
According to other accounts, Aitzaz was going to the school to see a suspicious person. When Aitzaz tried to stop him, he hurried to school. In an attempt to stop the attacker, Aitzaz threw a stone at him that failed to kill him. Then Aitzaz ran towards the man and grabbed him, prompting the suicide bomber to detonate the explosive-laden vest.
Aitzaz died at the scene. No other students were harmed. This Aitzaz act saved the lives of hundreds of students. Several people attended his funeral.
Aitzaz’s father said his son had made a sacrifice to save the lives of others: “My son cried to his mother, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.” Several people attended his funeral. A floral wreath was laid on the tomb of Aitzaz Hassan by the Pakistani Army Chief. Aitzaz’s story sparked sentiment on television and social media, where the #onemillionaizazs hashtag trended on Twitter. A Facebook page has been set up to pay tribute to her.
Shah Farman, information minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Aitzaz was “the real hero and real face of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”.
Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif said Aitzaz Hassan “is a national hero, who has sacrificed his life for today.”
Pakistani youth education activist and 2014 Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai described Aitzaz as “brave and courageous” and “her bravery should never be forgotten”. He promised to donate £ 5000 to Hasan’s family.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), headed by Fazl-ur-Rehman (politician), called Aitzaz a “mujahid” and said, “they are a symbol of resistance to terrorism”.
On January 12, Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), announced the establishment of a trust fund for Aitzaz Hassan’s family. He also said that he would set up the Etzaz Hassan Fund. On January 14, representatives of the provincial government announced a package of Rs 5 million for the teen’s relatives and named the school “Aitzaz Hasan Shaheed High School”.
In 2016, a tribute to him was released, a film called Silhouette.
A hostel was built in the college’s EME as their name implies.
Above then any Awards and honors
Many people demanded that Mark Haider or a similar award be given to Aitzaz Hassan later. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office has advised President Mamnoon Hussain that Aitzaz Hassan should be given the highest civilian award of Star Shujaat (Star of Bravery) by the government of Pakistan. The award was to be received by Aitzaz Hassan’s family on the 23rd. March, National Day of Pakistan.
On January 12, the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) awarded Hassan the World Bravery Award.
Aitzaz was named the 2014 Herald Person of the Year. The Herald’s annual Person of the Year project seeks to identify those in Pakistan who had a profound impact on this new and who were good or ill, and what was important about this year. After the December 15 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, whose sacrifice was strengthened, he emerged victorious in a three-way voting process that included online voting, postal ballots and a panel of 10 eminent Pakistanis. The input was included. In a forthcoming Annual Issue of the Herald, Yusufzai – Herald Person of the Year for 2014 – paying tribute to Hassan, writes: “Our country is blessed with brave people. The story of Aitzaz Hassan is dependent on him, his courage and courage. Reflects the climate.”