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Pakistan honors teen who died stopping suicide bomber

Pakistan Honors Teen Who Died Stopping Suicide Bomber

(Reuters) - A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school has been recommended for a national award, the prime minister's office said on Friday.

Aitezaz Hassan, 17, tackled the bomber as he tried to enter a government school in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hassan and the bomber died but no other students or staff were hurt, police said.

"Though I lost my sweet son I have no regret for what he has done. He has done a heroic job and I am proud of his bravery," Aitezaz's father, Mujahid Ali, told Reuters.

The bomber approached the school with explosives hidden under a school uniform on Monday, but students noticed and started shouting out warnings to stop him.

Aitezaz tackled him head on but the bomb detonated and Aitezaz died of his injuries, said head teacher Azmat Ali.

A Sunni Muslim sectarian group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, claimed responsibility for the attack. The school is in Hangu, a predominantly Shi'ite Muslim area.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi believe Shi'ites, who make up about 20 percent of Pakistan's 180 million people, are heretics who should be killed.

On Friday, the prime minister's office said it had recommended him for a Sitara-e-Shujaat, or Star of Bravery, award.

"Shaheed (martyr) Aitezaz's brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism," the statement said.

Newspapers ran editorials praising his bravery and contrasted it with the government's inaction in the face of militancy.

"For the sake of Aitezaz and all the countless children that have been taken before their time, somebody from the government needs to take a page out of Aitezaz's book and resist terrorists until they can no longer harm Pakistan," the Nation newspaper said in an editorial.

The boy's parents said no government official or politician had contacted them.

Aitezaz's father said authorities could rename the school after him and officially declare him a martyr, a designation that would bring some financial relief to his family.

His mother, brother, and two sisters were mourning Aitezaz but took some comfort in knowing that he had saved many others, the father said.

The number of suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan rose by more than a third to 46 last year, according to a study released earlier this week by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.

The same study said that sectarian attacks were becoming more frequent and more deadly. Many Pakistani politicians maintain ties with sectarian groups in return for support at election time.

(Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Robert Birsel and Ralph Boulton)

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polistotle1 January 12 2014 at 6:36 AM

If the Pakistanis truly wanted to stop this, each time there was a sectarian terrorist suicide bombing, the government would summarily execute 100 people from the identified terrorists neighborhood, including all members of his family. To be fair, if a neighbor or family member gives information which results in an arrest which stops a likely event of this nature, this should be greatly rewarded. This would result in the terrorist's community recognizing that the motives of the government were upstanding, ethically consistent, and appropriate--allowing room for responsible minorities to become part of the national family.

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LA is Best January 12 2014 at 6:00 AM

A Muslim suicide bomber, how strange and politically incorrect!

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kng20 January 12 2014 at 5:52 AM

We are always being told (even by our own government officials) that we should Not be pointing the finger at all Muslims in regard of the ever increasing violence by various sections of their faith. We hear the excuses by many how other Religions have been violent. We hear the so-called moderate Muslims claim that Islam is a Faith of Peace. If this is so then why have we not heard an outrage across the Muslims around the world condemning these horrible deeds? None of the leaders in the Islamic world have come forward to lead a campaign against these senseless killing especially of children. It is very clear that the aim of these radicals is to instill fear in the rest of the population to the point that all bow to the belief they are preaching. Further more even in many Islamic run Goverments laws are esteblished in such a way as to elimiate all other Religions. Yes - in a way one can claim that Islam is a peaceful religion as long as you are a devout member and keep you mouth shut.

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lpnmompartier January 12 2014 at 5:52 AM

I WOULD BE SO PROUD TO CALL HIM MY SON -HE IS THE SON OF THE WORLD AND ALL IS PROUD -

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robertacan2 January 12 2014 at 5:35 AM

I wish I knew the difference between SUNNI and SHI ITES. and why they are antagonistic to each other. Aren;t they both MUSLIM ?

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xdrumline1 January 12 2014 at 4:31 AM

..."The number of suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan rose by more than a third to 46 last year, according to a study released earlier this week by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.

The same study said that sectarian attacks were becoming more frequent and more deadly. Many Pakistani politicians maintain ties with sectarian groups in return for support at election time."......

So again, politicians regardless of the country, don't do what's best for the country, but yet what's best for themselves.

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bs93405 January 12 2014 at 3:13 AM

this boy truly deserves the right to go right to paradise

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nycenvpd January 12 2014 at 2:44 AM

isnt it a shame that they target innocent children and then have the gall to think they are men, kudos to that young boy his parents should be so proud of the unselfish act he performed to save lives. so sorry for your loss

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Marty January 12 2014 at 2:20 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your son was a true hero.

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dsmithsfamily January 12 2014 at 2:16 AM

it is a tragity that this boy died and a tragity that the killer was felt compelled to do what he did. thousands are murdered in the good ol u.s.a for no particularly good reason if that makes people feel better

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rockypogo January 13 2014 at 7:59 PM

You are truly stupid for saying that & doubt if u are even US citizens as you cannot even spell the word tragedy correctly.

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